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Can anyone advise me on evergreen screen planting?

I am looking for something that will fill most (of course not all) of the below criteria

  • Something which is fast growing
  • Will reach no greater than 1.5 to 1.8 metres when fully grown
  • Will offer total privacy all year round (evergreen)
  • Will have a narrow spread (less than a meter)

If anyone can give me an idea of something that would come close I’d really appreciate it.



  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    Olearia traversii, but only if you live on the west coast...

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,646

    As always, bear in mind that anything that grows that fast won't stop at that height and will quickly grow faster and taller than you want and need to be controlled.

    Can you tell us more about where you are, what kind of soil you have - clay, sand, loam, stoney, chalky, acid, alkaline, moits, dry and so one and which way the sun is from your proposed hedge?

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • I think that your criteria are probably unrealistic. You can't expect plants to grow to your ideal shape and size and then's just not the way nature works. Why or how could a hedge grow to the ideal and then stop, and remain healthy? A hedge has to be managed by you to whatever size you want as it strives to keep growing. I would be amazed if anyone can come up with a suitable solution, ....but here's hoping for you.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,646

    It can be managed if it is clipped or pruned. Eleagnus, privet, photinia Red Robin, escallonia. Here is a site with lots of suggestions.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • KlinkKlink Posts: 261

    A site i've been looking at for inspiration.

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