I'm located in central NC, near Charlotte, on the cusp on zone 8 but I call
it zone 7 to be safe. I have really small backyard in a new neighborhood
that is about 60 feet wide but about 70' deep that drops off in the back.
The yard is surrounded by an aluminum style fence that provides virtually no
privacy. Seemed like a good idea at the time..
I want to plant a border about 36 feet long on either side of the yard
against the fence to gain some privacy.
I've been looking a little bit at arborvitaes but to be honest I'd find a
row of them to be rather boring and eventually they'll grow too big and
encroach upon my yard and through the fence.
I'm looking for suggestions for plants that grows, tall fairly thin and full
enough to provide some privacy but has to be something that I can keep
trimmed to say 6 to 8 feet tall. My border is only going to be about 24-30
Things I've been considering--
Bamboo -- not sure it's the right choice due to control and maintenance.
Sky pencil hollies -- I'd need a lot of them to fill that space and would
take a few years to grow..
Perennial border -- fear that it may not provide the privacy that I want to
end up with.
Annuals, like cannas with some shorter stuff in front like dahlias, coleus.
My favorite choice for now but it'll take a while for them to fill in..
Thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated... Thanks..