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Fast growing shrubs for privacy

Customers are often concerned about screenage and privacy issues. They visit us for advice on fast-growing shrubs for privacy, to plant. They often want to screen off a new build project, an extension to a neighbouring property or advice on replacing existing trees or shrubs that may have died.

Evergreen shrubs are an excellent choice as once established they can provide dense and all year round screenage.  The shrub has great additional qualities such as; being a natural windbreak, being ideal for wildlife and much more aesthetically pleasing than a brick wall! Most evergreen shrubs require little maintenance to keep them looking good – a trim once or twice a year should suffice.

From our vast knowledge and experience, we are aware that our customers require fast-growing evergreen shrubs for privacy, and we always have a good selection in stock for them to choose from. When visiting Arundel Arboretum, we will run through some basic fact-finding questions which will include:

  • Where do you live – for example, do you live near the sea? In which case you need to choose a shrub that can cope with salt conditions. You could consider Quercus ilex, Griselinia littoralis, Euonymous japonica or Tamarisk
  • The chosen location in your garden – if you are selecting a shrub for privacy, it is likely to be planted near a wall or driveway. Is there enough room for the plant to spread? Also, you will need to remember that root systems grow down as well as along and this needs to be considered too. We would not recommend, for example, planting Bamboo in this situation as they have a vigorous, invasive root system.
  • Size – make sure you discuss with your plant specialist the eventual height and spread of the plants so that you can be sure your proposed site can accommodate the plant’s requirements. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you with this.
  • Ground conditions – always choose plants that will thrive in your conditions – again, this is something we can help you with. Also, consider which way your new plants will face in your garden – north\south\east\west and ensure it can cope with the weather conditions too. Looking around your local area to see what other people have in their gardens is always a good indication to see what grows well.

We do have an excellent selection of evergreen shrubs to consider for privacy, but one worthy of consideration is Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’.  This variety of Cherry Laurel is a fast growing evergreen shrub. It produces a very dense hedge, with large, glossy green leaves. During the spring, upright spikes of white flowers will emerge, which are followed by cherry-red berries going into the autumn. These will eventually ripen black. Do be aware that these berries are harmful if ingested. This shrub can grow happily in full sun or partial shade, in an exposed or sheltered position. It is also suitable for damp, shady areas; or dry, shady areas. It cannot, however, tolerate coastal or chalk conditions. Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’ has an eventual height of approximately 5m.

Here at Arundel Arboretum, we have an excellent selection of Cherry Laurels in stock, a great fast-growing shrub for privacy. Feel free to drop by for a visit and we will happily assist you with your purchase.

 

24th June 2019

Evergreen trees and shrubs to consider

Evergreen trees and shrubs have constant interest and are therefore an ideal choice if you are looking for screenage. Many of our customers visit us with concerns about privacy issues whether it is from a new build, to replace any trees or shrubs that have been removed or died or a neighbour’s extension for example.

Because evergreen trees and shrubs keep their foliage all year round, (but they naturally shed some foliage that will be replenished with fresh, new growth) they can also act as a natural focal point to your garden. Depending upon the variety you choose, you can also grow your tree or shrub in a container. However, if you choose this option, do remember that the plant will need to be removed from its pot every other year, so that you can cut back 10% of the root system and refresh the growing medium. This will keep your plant healthy.

Sometimes, there is a misconception that evergreen plants have to be conifers, but there is a large selection of evergreen trees and shrubs to choose from. When selecting your plants you will need to consider the following:-

  • What interesting features are you looking for? For example, foliage colour, berries or flowers.

  • If you live near the sea, you will need to consider plants that can cope with the salt conditions. Quercus ilex, Griselinia littoralis and Tamarisk make good choices here.

  • How much space do you have? You will need to consider whether the plant you choose will have enough space for its eventual height and spread.

  • Ground conditions and whether your garden faces north, south, east or west. To get an idea of what grows well in your area, it is a good idea to look around your local area to see what grows well.

  • If you are planting an evergreen for screenage, consider whether you would like a bush, (to mask a fence for example) or a standard tree. A standard tree will block out above a fence line and you can still plant smaller shrubs underneath.

  • Bear in mind that not all evergreens can cope with hard pruning. Some can lose their beauty afterwards.

Here at Arundel Arboretum, our knowledgeable staff are always available to advise you on the right purchase. We have a large range of plants to choose from. Here is a selection for you to consider:-

Quercus ilex (Holm Oak or Evergreen Oak)

Quercus ilex is an evergreen tree. It has small leathery green dark green leaves, with a white\cream underside, and black finely cracked bark. Yellow catkins appear in spring. Quercus ilex can be planted in full sun or partial shade, in a sheltered or exposed position. It prefers a moist, well-drained soil. Being an oak, this tree can grow to excessive mass. Annual trimming will keep the tree in shape and under control. If you are near the coast, this is a very good choice. The tree is able to cope with the salt conditions. It has an eventual height of 12m+ and a width of 8m+.

Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’

Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ is a highly ornamental evergreen shrub with dark green leaves which are brilliant red when they are young. Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ produces small white flowers which appear in April-May, and these are sometimes followed by bright red fruit later in the summer. It is an ideal evergreen specimen shrub as is comes in many forms – bush, standard and half standard. Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ can be kept regularly trimmed which will enhance the colour and encourage dense foliage. This, therefore, makes it an ideal shrub for screenage.

Magnolia grandiflora (Bull Bay)

Magnolia grandiflora is an evergreen, which makes a magnificent tree. It is often used as a shrub. Glossy, leathery green leaves above a reddish-brown underside. It produces fragrant large creamy white globular flowers. These are highly fragrant and can be up to 25cm across. As a tree, it is ideal for screening. Magnolia grandiflora can be planted in full sun or partial shade in a sheltered position. It has an eventual height of 12m+ and a spread of 8m+.

Rhododendron ‘Cunningham’s White’

Rhododendron ‘Cunningham’s White’ is an evergreen shrub. It has dark green foliage and produces beautiful funnel-shaped white flowers. These emerge from mauve buds in late spring. Rhododendron ‘Cunningham’s White’ can be planted in full sun or partial shade, in a sheltered or exposed position. It has an eventual height of 1.5-2.5m and a spread of 2.5-4m.


We have a vast selection of rhododendrons in stock, so there is plenty to choose from!

Arundel Arboretum is a leading stockist of evergreen trees and shrubs in West Sussex and we are always available to advise you on the right purchase for your garden.

Please do come along to our nursery to see our excellent, extensive range of evergreen trees and shrubs.

 

20th March 2018

Fast growing shrubs for privacy

Today, customers are often concerned about screenage and come to us for fast growing shrubs for privacy, whether it is for a new build project, to replace existing trees and shrubs that have been removed or an extension to a neighbouring property.

An evergreen shrub will provide dense screenage all year round, and they will also act as a windbreak. Most evergreen shrubs require little maintenance to keep them looking good.

From experience, we are aware that our customers require shrubs that grow quickly because they want to create a screen and privacy instantly. We have many varieties in stock that fulfill these requirements.

Selecting your shrubs

Selecting your fast growing shrubs for privacy does require a little thought so that you purchase the right one for your environment. You should always consider where the plants will be positioned so that they can cope with their surroundings e.g. if you live near the sea you need a plant that can cope with the salt conditions. Plants that are suitable for these conditions include Quercus ilex, Griselinia littoralis, Euonymous japonica and Tamarisk.

Location

The location of your fast growing shrubs is very important if you are creating a screen for privacy purposes, as the plants are likely to be planted near a wall or driveway. You will need to remember that root systems grow down and laterally, and the bigger the plant, the bigger the root system will become. We would not recommend planting Bamboo for example near to walls and pathways, as they have a vigorous, invasive root system.

Size

When choosing your plants for screening purposes, be sure you are aware of the eventual height and spread to make sure it will be suitable for your needs and will have the space to grow.

Ground Conditions

Always choose plants that will do well in your ground conditions. Also, take into account the way your garden faces (north, south, east or west) and therefore the way the plants will face and how they will cope with the weather conditions. We suggest you look around your local area to see what grows well. This is always a good indication of what plants are best to invest in.

Some plants that can effectively be used for screenage include:

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Rotundifolia’ is a fast growing evergreen shrub. It produces a very dense hedge with large, glossy green leaves. It has upright spikes of white flowers in the spring, which are followed by cherry-red berries, but these are harmful if ingested. This shrub is suitable for damp, shady areas; dry, shady areas and wet areas. It will not tolerate coastal or chalk conditions. The shrub has an eventual height of approximately 5m.

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Caucasica’

Prunus laurocerasus ‘Caucasica’ is another fast growing, upright and bushy evergreen shrub. It has attractive spikes of white clusters of flowers in April-May. These are followed by black fruits. This shrub is able to tolerate deep shade and dry conditions, although the shrub needs to be kept moist for the first year. The dark green leaves are 15-18cm long and can be trimmed to shape. The shrub has an eventual height and spread of 4-6m.

Prunus Laurocerasus 'Caucasica'.2

Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’

Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ is a highly ornamental evergreen shrub with dark green leaves, which are brilliant red when they are young. Small white flowers appear in April-May, and these are sometimes followed by bright red fruit later in the summer. The shrub can be trimmed to shape and size and has an eventual height and spread of 5m.

Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin' group

Elaeagnus x ebbingei

Elaeagnus x ebbingei is a very hardy evergreen shrub, and very easy to grow. The foliage is dark green with a silvery underside. It produces fragrant, creamy flowers in September-October and these are followed by orange speckled silver fruit later into the winter. The shrub will tolerate partial shade and dry conditions, although it is best to avoid chalk. The shrub can be kept clipped to shape and size and has an eventual height and spread of 4m.

Griselinia littoralis

Griselina littoralis is a dense, upright shrub. It has glossy, light apple-green leathery leaves, and is very good in coastal positions. The shrub produces yellow flowers in April-May. It has an eventual height of 4m and a spread of 2m.

Griselinia littoralis

Our knowledgeable staff here at Arundel Arboretum are able to advise and help you select the most suitable plants for creating privacy in your garden. We look forward to welcoming you to our nursery and helping you make the right choices your garden.