Sunday, July 13, 2008

Need plants to block view

Note to self:

We need a fence, but it can't extend in front of the neighbor's house (which is difficult, since it's situated almost entirely behind our house, since we live on the corner of a cul-de-sac). The HOA says we can put up the fence, but it can't be viewed from the street. So, I've done some research and come up with some plant options:

Old-fashioned Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Eastern white cedar (arborvitae)

I need a plant/shrub/tree that grows quickly, can handle partial sun (mostly shade, frankly) and will probably grow when I forget to water/fertilize/prune it.

Any suggestions?


Sue said...

everything is going to take SOME work, unless you plant a row of cactus???


I don't know how much snow you get, but out here, the arborvitae SUCKs in the winter ~ They can't support the snow load at all, you have to wrap them in burlap if you want them to keep their shape.

Our lilacs seem to do just fine (except the ones that the roof slid on) no matter how much snow we get, and they spread something awful ~

What about rhodies?

Put the kids' sandbox right there... the neighbor would probably PAY you to put up a fence.


Shauna said...

We don't get that much snow around here, so maybe I can still use the arborvitae - but the lilac might be a good idea (especially since I don't care if it grows into the neighbor's yard). >:D

Rhodies? Please define.

As for the neighbor, I have a feeling they won't do crap. They keep allowing their nasty little ankle biter out to bark his head off at 10pm EVERY &#$! NIGHT. Hubby and I are coming up with increasingly creative ways to plot the little sucker's demise. It's a shame - it's not the dog's fault his owners are EVIL.