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Sat Feb 22, 2020, 03:50 PM

Verrrry Big Problem.

My rear neighbors replaced their not-very-old wood fence with one of those awful 6' tall white PVC fences.

This blindingly bright and glaring, west-facing eyesore is a good 100' long and at one point in my backyard is only 20' from my house.

What would be a selection of fast growing shrubs that I could use to disguise this fence and cut down on the glare?

I'm in Zone 5 and have a partly shady rear yard. I'm thinking lilac, high bush blueberry, witch hazel, or summer sweet.

Any other suggestions?

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Response to Tracer (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 03:55 PM

1. Kudzu oughta do it... then you can get a couple of billy goats to keep it in check...

I'm sure your kind neighbors will just love the goats...

helpfully,
Bright

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 03:58 PM

4. That made me snort and I never snort but that was so unexpected

it just came out.

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Response to Tracer (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 03:55 PM

2. I would go with lilacs.

You can even get creative with the colors. The butterfly bush is my favorite because it smells better than the others even though they smell nice too.

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Response to Tracer (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 03:56 PM

3. Honeysuckle grows fast. You might also try growing vines on it.

Virginia creeper might work since it grows really fast. Trumpet vine also grows fast and it attracts hummingbirds.

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Response to Tracer (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 03:58 PM

5. Forsythia

They do well in zone 5. Early bloom of yellow. Grow quickly

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Response to Tracer (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 04:03 PM

6. Cryptomeria is a very fast growing evergreen .. but gets very large.

I planted four tree-formed Osmanthus fortunei (Tea Olive) to screen a fence and attenuate noise. They are more managable size-wise than Cryptomeria. I also considered tree-formed Burfordii holly, but decided to go with the Tea Olive.

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Response to Tracer (Original post)

Sun Feb 23, 2020, 09:34 PM

7. You'll want an evergreen hedge, I should think.



Unless your winters do not have enough sunlight to reflect much.

try google for "tall evergreen shrubs"

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 29, 2020, 12:14 AM

8. yes, there is a fast growing evergreen

My friend put some in. I can't think of the name of it at the moment but it will occur to me and I'll come back and post it.

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