We have separated these from hedges, because even where the same plants are used as for hedging, they need different spacing and treatment.
Every large garden has room for a windbreak and this, more than anything else, adds comfort to the garden. Evergreens are the ideal subjects because, of course, they provide shelter and privacy all the year.
Screens need not necessarily be composed of the same plant in straight rows although this it the most economical way of hiding, for example, a large ugly building. Irregularof trees, designed so that the together form a screen, can be even more effective and aesthetically pleasing.
ALDER (AInus glutinosa and incana). Good screening trees,anywhere and
decorative with the catkins.
BIRCH (Betula pendula) (Silver Birch I. Very nice in groups, with evergreens to contrast against
the white. BAMBOO (E). If you can stop thinking of Bamboo as a wild overgrown grass and think of it as a
versatile evergreen, adding a new, almost exotic look to the garden, you will realise it
makes an ideal screening plant. japonica (E). A large rampant variety with big green. 10-12 ft.
nitida (El. Thin delicate foliage, purple flushed canes, arching habit. 10-1 2 ft.
CHAMAECYPARIS lawsoniana and varieties (E). These all make good screens. Plant at least
5 ft apart. The varieties are especially good in irregular groups where the different habits and colours can be contrasted. COTONEASTER x watereri (E). A very fast growing, evergreen shrub or small tree, very
quickly reaching 10-15 ft.
Covered with whitein spring, and red berries in
autumn and winter. It makes a formal screen planted by itself, or associates well with
Birch, Alder, Poplar, etc. Strong plants about 4 ft high. (Strongly recommended – we
grow 10,000 plants annually for this purpose.) x CUPRESSOCYPARIS leylandii (E). The quickest growing conifer – the most popular
evergreen screen or windbreak for formal use. Plant at least 5 ft apart.
POPLAR in variety. All varieties are suitable for large gardens. They grow
very fast, but have greedy. Plant 7 ft apart. THUYA plicata (lobbii) (E). Plant at least 5 ft apart.