Narrow Evergreens for Screening

Big houses on small lots result in outdoor spaces that can get pretty cramped. Creating privacy and screening in these conditions calls for evergreen plants that give us plenty of height without spreading too wide. The world doesn't need more arborvitae and plant-lovers typically desire something a bit less ubiquitous. This trio of evergreens, with their varied foliage textures and overall shapes, is just the thing to create an interesting division of space. Two of the selections even provide the added benefit of blooms and fragrance. The Azara is covered in tiny, yellow, vanilla-scented flowers in late winter. The magnolia boasts large, white, sweetly-scented blooms in summer and is selected for this combination because of its narrow growth habit. To learn more about selecting plants for screening and dividing space, check out this blog post: 5 Tips for Choosing the Best Plants to Screen and Divide Space.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun
Water Needs: Average

Design Considerations

Style: City and Courtyard, Northwest Eclectic
Features: Fabulous Foliage, Four Season Appeal, Low Maintenance, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Winter Interest
Focus: Efficient Use of Space, Privacy and Screening, Small Space, Year-round Interest, Building Block
Seasons of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Year-round Interest, Three Seasons of Interest

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plants In this Combo