Big shrubs (growing 6’-15’ tall) provide the privacy you need to create a personal oasis right in your own backyard. Tall hedges can screen unsightly views, reduce noise pollution from roads, and help define an outdoor room in your landscape. Be sure to plant these shrubs where they have plenty of room to grow. Hedges should be pruned at least once per year to maintain their size and health.
Rounded, silvery-gray leaves create a lovely contrast when planted behind green shrubs or purple loropetalums. These fast-growing evergreen shrubs grow well in blazing full sun, and even tolerate poor sandy soil like what you find at the beach. Unpruned plants can produce small edible fruits in the fall if we have warm winters.
Also called Japanese Yew, the dark, evergreen foliage produces a fine-textured living wall when regularly pruned. Plants that are allowed to grow freely will slowly form tall, narrow trees that perfectly fit in the right spaces found around some structures. Super-durable plants tolerate sun or shade and are drought tolerant.
The best choice for a screening plant in the shade. This native evergreen shrub can stay full, even when planted under the shady canopy of mature trees. Ocala Anise grows fastest and fullest in rich moist soil. Try raking the fallen leaves in your yard around these large-growing plants to enrich their soil and maintain moisture.
Fragrance is a necessary component of any good garden, and Tea Olives will give you more of it than any other plant. The relatively narrow, upright growing evergreens bloom from fall through spring, producing small white flowers with a rich sweet aroma that can permeate a whole garden. Tea Olive makes a great anchor on the corner of your home.
A fast and large-growing loropetalum that can be used to create a privacy hedge or small tree. New growth emerges purple and the evergreen leaves retain a rich color from spring-fall. The clouds of frilly pink flowers each spring are so impressive, they rival even the showiest azaleas in town.
You need not fear the bamboo! Clump forming bamboo plants stay right where you plant them, never running or popping up in other parts of the yard. The tall canes make a fast barrier to unwanted sights and sounds. We carry a wide variety of cold-hardy, clumping bamboo varieties at Tallahassee Nurseries.
A new addition to our hedge plant offerings, this fast-growing evergreen produces rich red new growth form spring-fall. Large specimens are amazing in the spring when the entire plant is covered in glossy maroon foliage. Each new flush of growth offers a pop of color throughout the growing season.
A great native palm that offers lush tropical foliage without forming a huge trunk. These slow-growing palms form a mass of fronds from 6’-8’ tall and wide when mature. They grow well in sun or shade and require almost no attention or maintenance. Plant as a single focal point, mixed into a natural border, or in mass under large oak trees.
Our fastest-growing evergreen hedge plant, hands down. If you keep these plants well watered, and fertilize with slow release fertilizer (like Osmocote or Dynamite) in spring and fall, you can expect 3’-5’ of growth per year! Unpruned plants can reach 15’-20’ tall or more, so don’t skip your yearly trimming on these big guys. ‘Sugar Cookie’ is a compact form of Sweet Viburnum that offers the same vigor, but grows to roughly half the size.
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