Privacy Trees and Hedges
Leyland Cypress Trees
How far apart should I space Leyland Cypress Trees? Plant about 5-10 feet apart depending if you need instant privacy or if your willing to wait. You can keep them straight in a row, stagger them, or just go with the flow - try making a s-shape.
We know that these trees will be getting tall, so what about adding some color at the bottom? Planting some Kaleidoscope Abelia in clusters of 3 or more will really give you some color contrast. Don't forget to leave room for the Leyland's... Also, bring in some drift roses. Drift roses will stay low and are maintenance free. The groupings of the abelia, and the drift roses will look nice in front of your leyland cypress privacy screen, and will provide seasonal interests. Here are some different examples but you can just repeat the groupings.
Green Giant Arborvitae Trees
Privacy Hedges in the Landscape
Looking for a smaller privacy screen?
Tight areas for Privacy Hedges
Narrow areas for Privacy Hedges
In these situations, if an emerald arborvitae will not work, we suggest using a sky pencil holly tree. These holly trees are perfect for narrow tight areas. They look really classy and have a nice dark green holly color. The Italian Cypress is also a tall and narrow tree. Planting about 1.5-2 feet apart will do the trick. Keep the tops trimmed until they fill in and as they get established you will start to get some height.
Privacy trees don't always have to be close together. Think ahead. If you're looking to screen your neighbor's house in the back corner of the property, plant a shade tree. Maple trees, oak trees, Spruce trees, and magnolia trees all work well. It doesn't have to be a tight privacy tree hedge all in a line. You can add trees in threes and shrubs in groups. Plant some green giant arborvitae and then some grasses, and work up a pattern. Mix it up a little. For free landscape design questions, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org