Columnar Trees and Shrubs for Privacy

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As my lot is merely a quarter of a dam, I’ve planted several columnar plants (and put my own basalt column(over) to include height without consuming a lot of space on the floor.   And because we could observe sections of sixty-three neighboring houses from several things in our garden, I utilize columnar plants to include privacy.   There’s an ever-growing collection of columnar plants readily available, particularly for milder climates than mine.   Monrovia’s site plant finder (beneath Advanced Filter, Growth Habit) lets you look for columnar plants to your hardiness zone.

I implanted columnar ‘Spring Snow’ crabapples (20-25′ T x 15-20′ W) on the east and west faces of the yard to display the view of their neighbors while departing glowing beds in which my flowers can grow.   Besides their oblong crown, these trees have lovely, sweet smelling white flowers in spring without a messy fruit.   Unfortunately, here in Spokane we’ve got a very long season where these trees are leafless and do not offer much screening.

Lately my husband captured this picture of Santa putting eggs in our neighbor’s lawn.   We suffered this opinion for many months from our bedroom before Santa abandoned his eggs and proceeded to sleep for a month or two.   As my trees as well as our neighbors’ trees develop, this spectacle is going to be obstructed throughout the growing season, however I wish I’d planted more tall evergreens to pay it yearlong.

2 decades back, I talked my husband to pulling a few boxwood shrubs and planting 2 columnar Norway spruce trees (Picea abies ‘Cupressina’).   All these columnar trees are believed to achieve half feet tall and five to six feet wide at maturity.   Both are planted to block views of their neighbors – particularly their windows – if they reach full size.

The spruces have set on adequate growth every year, and they would surely grow more rapidly in ponds using a longer growing season.   I can think of many places where I’d love to plant a lot of these, but that might necessitate removing other amazing plants.   It is so tough to balance practical evergreens with preferred plants that are beautiful.

This photograph comprises the youthful columnar spruces and ‘Green Tower’ boxwoods (9′ T x 2′ W) and also ‘Fine Line’ buckthorns (7′ T x 2-3′ W).   I’ve ten of those GT boxwoods and seven of those FL buckthorns implanted around the lawn.   Both footprints are easy to prune into the width and height you would like, and they may be planted individually or within a row to make a hedge.   Some kinds of buckthorn are invasive, but FL isn’t.

This GT boxwood from the front lawn welcomes people as they arrive at the front lawn.   Kind of like a plant butler.  I need to call it Jeeves.

A ‘Caesar’s Brother’ Siberian iris in the centre is columnar in spring and vase formed after in the growing season.   Many blossoms have a beautiful columnar form, such as ‘Karl Forster’ feather reed grass, but that I prevent decorative grasses because they provide me a rash and also cause me to sneeze.   On the right of this photograph over, two of my ‘Fine Line’ buckthorns add elevation to the mattress.   This spring I decided they were too tall, and it was quick work to trim two feet of elevation off the very top.

Last year I found room for a fifth dogwood – wish I had space for a dozen more – and – implanted this columnar ‘Starlight’ tree (Cornus kousa x nuttallii) in the corner of the dining room inclusion.   It is reported to blossom deeply and expand aggressively into a height of thirty feet and width of twenty feet.   Yes, it is going to need pruning in this area.   Fantastic thing I took a pruning course in college.   Finally it will provide late evening and afternoon color to the terrace in midsummer.

At right is a columnar apple tree from White Flower Farm.  I really don’t grow a good deal of food, but I had the notion a columnar apple could be fun.   We’ll see how it works out.  Meanwhile, the vertical shape is beautiful.

In case you are living in a crowded suburban area like mine, viewing viewpoints is important even in the event that you don’t have a huge lawn.   Columnar plants – particularly evergreens – are a fantastic alternative for creating solitude without consuming too much space.   Please learn from my mistake and strategy for solitude so that you don’t need to have a look over your neighbors’ crap or enable them to peer at you through second story windows.   Permit Santa put his eggs privately.

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