Garrett Cleverly is versed in all native and non native species of plants, trees, succulents, and cacti that grow throughout the southern region. Garrett has a love for gardening and all things outdoors.
Unwanted views, nosy neighbors, sound from a road, or even a bright street light are a few reasons why people like to create privacy for their landscape. One of the easiest ways to create privacy is with fully grown hedge specimens that can instantly block out a view.
The top picture is from a recent job we completed. A new wedding venue was looking for a way to block the unwanted view of the street. We suggested our Hollywood Style™ Ficus Nitida Columns. This photo here is what the view used to look like.
Each landscape is different from the next and at Moon Valley Nurseries we have hedge specimens for those tight spaces and larger hedge specimens for the backyard with space! We have a solution for every landscape and below are our top recommendations for our region. Come see them for yourself, map any of our Moon Valley Nurseries locations!
The Ficus Nitida is the #1 choice for our region when it comes to instant privacy. These fast growing trees perform well in every landscape and only require minimal maintenance and water, once established. They handle the heat extremely well and can be pruned into almost any shape. Because of these trees' extremely fast growth rate, they will block out any unwanted view in no time. These trees can also be planted right next to each other, allowing for maximum dense privacy.
Native to North Carolina and Texas, the Carolina Cherry has become a popular hedge and ornamental tree for many homeowners across our region. They have a natural upright canonical shape, but their adaptability to pruning makes them a great thick-foliage plant that can be pruned into other shapes as well. Carolina Cherries are drought and heat tolerant and require minimal watering once established. Their leaves are dark green and they bloom small, creamy white flowers in the spring.
Sentinel of the Mediterranean, the Italian Cypress has lined formal entrances, borders, and backdrops for the grandest properties in the most picturesque cities on Earth. Unmistakable with their lush green foliage and tall, narrow upright form, these long-lived specimens of grandeur are well suited to modern living. Their natural ability to thrive in sunny climates on a minimal amount of water makes them a popular choice for just about any landscape.
If you're looking to block out a view from a second story, look no further than the Japanese 'Green Emerald' Blueberry. This visually appealing evergreen is a fast grower with dense and lush dark-green foliage. It requires minimal maintenance and its narrow forms allow it to fit in those tight spaces. It thrives in the full sun and handles the cold quite well. It can be sheared into any shape and it produces small white flowers in the spring.
This fern pine is prized for its low maintenance, clean evergreen look, and massive size. Homeowners can get creative with the shape of this evergreen or they can leave it alone to reach perfect heights for blocking out any unsightly views. One of the thickest trees we offer at Moon Valley Nurseries, the Podocarpus thrives in full sun to partial shade, can fit into tight spaces, and is a great option for any landscape. Many homeowners have used this evergreen as a barrier hedge.