Evergreen hedges are perfect for a privacy screen because they mature into dense hedges quicker than other plants. When planting living screen, plant them in a zigzag pattern to get a fuller effect and allow the evergreens to get adequate sun and air. It prevents breakage due to strong wind.
There are several evergreen varieties that can be used as a privacy screen. Property owners must plant more than one variety to prevent pests and disease from destroying the entire hedge. Below are the top varieties for evergreen hedges.
Privet or Ligustrum Ovalifolium is ideal for places that are polluted. It is fast growing and grows in any condition. Just keep in mind that sheds some of its leaves during winter. The dense shrubbery responds well to trimming. The privet must be pruned after flowering. It is perfect for areas with full sun to shade.
Yew or Taxus Baccata is considered as the king of hedging. It is very dark foliage that grows in a slow rate. People love it because of it is easy to maintain. It is suitable for a privacy screen because of its uniformity in growth. Yew grows in areas with partial shade to full sun.
Leyland Cyprus is dark green foliage with flat leaves. People opt to plant Leyland for its fast growing property. Some new variants of the evergreen are bred for feathery foliage and blue color. It can be pruned to shape, and new foliage has a deeper color than others. Leyland needs full sun exposure in order to grow.
Boxwood or Buxus is perfect for low evergreen hedges as well as a topiary plant. It has very dense dark evergreen leaves. It is a slow growing plant and should be cropped in late spring. It is appropriate for all types of soil and conditions except for wet and windy areas. Korean boxwood is sturdier than the English variety.
Holly or Ilex Pquifolium is best for evergreen hedges in the shade. It is a prickly tree that produces red berries. Holly hedges look good if well-maintained. It requires acidic soil. The American variant is more adaptable than the English one.
Western Red Cedar
Western Red Cedar or Thuja Plicata grows slower than the Leylandii. It provides densely, conifer hedge with aromatic leaves when crushed. It is recommended to trim the hedge in early autumn. It grows in the shade or under the sun if the soil is well-drained.
Thuja Green Giant is cross between Thuja Sandishi and Thuja Plicata. It is more preferred than the Western Red Cedar because it grows in any soil condition and requires low maintenance. It is pest resistant and doesn’t require pruning. It is great for people looking for fast evergreen hedges because of its swift growth rate.