Do you long for more privacy or simply crave a secluded area in your yard? Perplexed about which plant to choose? We have solutions.
All the options below are evergreen or in laymens terms, GREEN YEAR 'ROUND can provide added privacy and will thrive in Sacramento.
Problem: Filtered Light or Shade
- Pygmy Date Palm-
Get a lush, tropical look with these palms. These are simply amazing planted in upright containers and become instant tropical trees! Plus, if grown in containers ,they can be moved to a covered area for winter, as they will not survive frost conditions.
These grow to sizes from 3ft up to 10 ft! These beauties provide both flowers and evergreen foliage. There are many flower colors to choose from and with a moderate growth rate, Camellias are an exceptional choice for a screen. Many varieties can be maintained at the height of your choice. These can be grown on a trellis as well. Remember to plant these with acidic planting mix.
Ideal for east facing locations or in full shade. Planted in the ground or in a tall container. The 'Veitchii' variety which blooms from spring into summer with large fragrant flowers is excellent in containers. (pictured above- Photo credits Doreen Wynja)
Problem: Very Narrow Space
VINES make an excellent option for narrow spots.
- Evergreen Clematis Vine-
With large, robust leaves and fragrant spring flowers, this vine is frost hardy too. Simply place a trellis or support for this vine and it will reward you with goregeous flowers.
- The Lavender Trumpet Vine-
A super solution for a sunny area. This vine flowers consistently from spring into summer and is also frost hardy. (Pictured below)
- Thuja 'Emerald Green'-
This is also a cold hardy evergreen that will grow to 12-15 ft and 3-4 feet wide in both morning sun and full sun.
These remain narrow and upright when contained. Keep in mind you can plant either running or clumping in a pot! Try 'Budda belly' which will grow to 3-6 ft tall, depending on the depth of the container. 'Alphonse Karr' and the Mexican Weeping are also great options. Bamboo can be grown in full sun- keep well hydrated! Morning sun or filtered sun will make it easier to keep your bamboo happy!
- Podocarpus 'Maki'-
Also known as the or Shrubby Yew Pine. This is a great option for those narrow areas and is a slow grower. Reaching about 8-12 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It will grow in morning sun, full sun or filtered sun. It can be sheared to any desired height or width.
Problem: Sunny and Wide Area
- Purple Hopseed Bush-
Also known as Dodonea is a fast grower- reaching to 10-15 ' high and wide. This has a filtered screening capability and can be pruned to desired heighth and width. This is a water-wise plant! (Pictured above)
- Carolina Cherry Laurel-
the compact variety is perfect for most areas- 8-10 tall and 4-6 Wide. This will grow in a.m sun and full sun. This has a dark green leaf and dense growth.
Other palms are perfect for full sun locations and make a dramatic statement. The Pindo Palm and the Mediterranean Fan Palm will live in a container for up to 5-7 years or more. These palms are cold hardy have an instant tropical "tree" feel.
If none of these caught your fancy, there are many additional options including English Laurel, Eleganus, Portugal Laurel...the list goes on. Visit your nearest Green Acres Store for more ideas or click below to learn about the best shade trees for our area.
List of The Best Shade Trees for Sacramento & our Free Tree Planting Guide.