Do you love your neighbors but not your view of their carport complete with garbage cans and assorted appliances? Don't want to offend or cut off communication by building a privacy fence? Then consider planting a hedge to screen this unsightly view. A hedge of attractive shrubs could be pleasing to your neighbors as well.
What should you consider when choosing a shrub for your hedge? First, for use as a year-round screen, the shrub should be evergreen. Second, choose one that will grow to the height that you want your hedge to be. You want the view to be hidden, but you don't want the hedge to be so large that it requires excessive pruning. Third, buy the largest plants possible for quicker screening. In addition, you will want to choose plants that are suited to East Texas growing conditions and that are relatively resistant to diseases and pests. Shrubs that flower, are fragrant, or have berries can be an additional bonus.
Shrubs that make some of the best hedges include the following:
Terrie Hammer, Smith County Master Gardener
Texas AgriLife Extension Service