There’s a saying that your garden is not complete until you can walk around naked without the chance of being spotted by a nosy neighbour. That can be a tough undertaking particularly in a new landscape in a young suburb lacking in established greenery. Up steps humble screening plants or hedges. Whether you prefer a manicured box or a tall bushy shrub, screening plants come in all shapes and sizes to fit any and every requirement.
So give yourself some privacy and add a touch of charm with these top screening and hedging shrubs.
Tall and skinny
People often require screening options for small courtyards or narrow garden beds and an option definitely worth consideration is Sky Pencil Holy (Ilex crenata). It has a unique look and style all its own, Sky Pencil holly is a versatile plant with dozens of uses in the landscape. The first thing you’ll notice is its narrow, columnar shape. It is a cultivar of Japanese holly and has evergreen foliage that resembles the form of boxwoods more than its namesake, hollies.
Sky Pencil hollies are narrow, columnar shrubs that grow up to 2.5 metres and just 60 centimetres wide. With pruning, you can maintain them at a height of 1.8 metres and at tiny 30-centimetre depth. Perfect for even the narrowest of spaces.