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Planting for Beauty and Privacy

If you need privacy in your yard but cannot install a fence, you have plenty of options. We have a great selection of deciduous and flowering shrubs, evergreen shrubs, vines, and tall grasses that can help you turn your property into a secluded retreat.

Evergreen Shrubs for Hedges

Wichita Blue Juniper- Thick and full with brilliant bright blue foliage all year round. Makes an excellent fast-growing backdrop for a screen, windbreak, or hedge. Plant in full sun. Drought tolerant once established. You can cut a few branches for Christmas time decorations with a juniper berry scent. The birds will also forage for the silvery blue berries that grace the branches in the late summer and winter.

Blue Arrow Juniper- An improved selection with a very narrow upright form. Perfect as a tall narrow screen where space is limited. Plant in full sun. Drought tolerant and a moderate grower. You may plant this in a container but you may need to water more often. Like the Wichita Blue, it is deer resistant and is great for bird habitat.

Hicks Yew- Excellent evergreen shrub for tall hedges, displaying glossy dark green foliage. Long, upright-growing branches form a narrow columnar habit. Provide well drained soil for best performance and plant in partial sun. Requires moderate watering once established.

Manhattan Euonymus- Broadleaf evergreen (in protected warm winter areas), grows to a height of 4-6 feet with a spread of 3-5 feet. Prefers part sun or filtered shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils and conditions, though does not like wet areas. A fast grower, great for a privacy screen.

Deciduous Shrubs for Hedges

Ivory Halo Dogwood- Prized for its colorful stems, variegated foliage, and compact size, this dwarf dogwood has brilliant red winter stems and showy, light green leaves with creamy white margins, but at only two-thirds the size of many of its species. Use to provide multi-season interest in shrub borders, mass plantings, or as a low hedge.

Center Glow Ninebark- Striking newly emerging foliage is bright rosy red with a golden yellow center. Foliage matures to deep burgundy followed by clusters of contrasting white flowers and finally bright red fruit. A great choice for a background shrub or an informal hedge.

Snow White Mock Orange- A repeat flowering selection, Snow White boasts 2″ double flowers borne in clusters that bloom abundantly in spring and then again in summer. A versatile shrub with pure white, deliciously fragrant flowers, it will shine as a single specimen or thrill when planted as a group to form a spectacular hedge. Attractive foliage on gracefully arching branches guarantees easy placement in the garden with other flowering shrubs.

Dwarf Burning Bush- A sensational accent or natural hedge prized for its intense scarlet red fall coloring. The interesting, compact, mounded form displays attractive rich green leaves spring through summer. It can make a good, natural hedge with changes in every season.

Vines for Fences or Pergolas

Virginia Creeper (Red Wall)- This is a fast-growing native vine, the dark glossy foliage turns bright red in autumn, and is an outstanding plant for nearly any soil and light situation. Fertilize in the spring. During extended periods of drought it may need supplemental watering, but can tolerate short periods of dryness. It is necessary to keep this vine under control by pruning.

Trumpet Vine- The beautiful tubular flowers range in color from yellow to orange or red and are great for attracting hummingbirds. Blooms on the trumpet vine plant appear throughout summer and into fall, though blooming may be limited for those planted in shadier locations. Following flowering, trumpet vines produce attractive bean-like seedpods. Since these vines can reach 30 to 40 feet in just one season, keeping their size under control with pruning is often necessary.

Climbing roses- There are a number of repeat-blooming, large flowered climbers that do well in Colorado’s climate. Most of these climbers will bloom on the current year’s growth (new wood) and have the added advantage of repeat flowers. Don Juan (a deep red), Fourth of July (red blend), and Golden Showers (yellow) are a few good choices.

2 thoughts on “Planting for Beauty and Privacy

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I am about to start on a privacy fence adventure and these trees are all unique

    1. Awesome! Best of luck on your adventure! 🙂

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