WINDBREAKS AND SCREENS

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. Irregular groups of trees, designed so that the groups together form a screen, can be even more effective and aesthetically pleasing.

ALDER (AInus glutinosa and incana). Good screening trees, easy to grow anywhere and

decorative with the catkins.

BIRCH (Betula pendula) (Silver Birch I. Very nice in groups, with evergreens to contrast against

the white stem. 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 leaves. 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 white flowers in 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 roots. Plant 7 ft apart. THUYA plicata (lobbii) (E). Plant at least 5 ft apart.

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