‘Green Sport’ Western red cedar is a fast growing tree that’s the perfect choice for creating an elegant—and evergreen—privacy screen. Plants respond well to pruning, allowing you to create the ideal hedge. Hardy in Zones 5-9. Botanical name: Thuja plicata ‘Green Sport’
A palette of soft neutrals creates a serene living room filled with tropical accents. Floor-to-ceiling drapes line the perimeter of the room, while the seating area is outfitted with relaxed armchairs and a white chaise. Botanical screens fold back to reveal a concealed TV between the matching bookshelves.
Strike it rich with the gold leaves of Polar Gold arborvitae. This upright shrub brings year-round gold tones to the garden on plants that are strongly upright. Plant one for an accent piece, or arrange a string of them to form a hedge or privacy screen. Hardy in Zones 3-7. Botanical name: Thuja occidentalis ‘SMTOYP’
This holly is the result of a cross between an English and Chinese holly. Leaves are glossy, and many gardeners use plants as a privacy screen. Flowers are easy to miss, but give rise to eye-catching berries. Plants grow 15 to 20 feet tall and up to 10 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 6 to 9. Botanical name: Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’
Strong berry production, glossy evergreen leaves and a compact pyramidal shape make Castle Spire holly a great choice for smaller yards. Plants eventually grow 8-12 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide. Use one as a specimen, or plant several to form a screen. This is also a great choice for a bird-friendly landscape. Hardy in Zones 5-7. Botanical name: Ilex x meserveae ‘Hachfee’