Five great screen­ing plants

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Li­gus­trum japon­icum

This Ja­panese privet is an easy-to-grow, semi-ever­green with dark green leaves and white flow­ers in au­tumn. It’s happy in all soils, apart from those prone to wa­ter­log­ging. Main­tain shape by prun­ing in win­ter. Best for Stilted screen­ing.

Elaeag­nus ebbingei

Tough and deals with salt-laden coastal winds with ease. This ever­green shrub has large, metal­lic grey-green leaves that shim­mer in the sun. In au­tumn, tiny white flow­ers re­lease a heady per­fume. Keep plants tidy by cu ing off way­ward shoots in late sum­mer. Best for In­for­mal hedges, for­mal hedges, stilted screen­ing.

Far­ge­sia ro­busta ‘Camp­bell’

A well be­haved, clump-form­ing bam­boo with up­right, thick, olive green canes a rac­tively banded with white culm sheaths. Ca­pa­ble of reach­ing 4m (13ft) in height, it’s per­fect in full sun or shade. Keep it well wa­tered if planted in dry soil. Best for In­for­mal screen­ing.

Pho­tinia ‘Red Robin’

This ever­green shrub is pop­u­lar for its glossy, red, young shoots that will turn heads in spring and early sum­mer be­fore ma­tur­ing to green. Happy in full sun or semi-shade, it re­sponds well to clip­ping. Feed plants with a bal­anced fer­tiliser in early sum­mer to en­cour­age healthy growth. Best for In­for­mal hedges, for­mal hedges, stilted screen­ing.

Mis­cant­hus sinen­sis ‘Gracil­limus’

Chi­nese silver grass is a stat­uesque beauty form­ing rounded mounds of arch­ing fo­liage topped by 2.1m (6¾ft) tall stems of feath­ery white flow­ers in late sum­mer and early au­tumn. Tidy up plants in late win­ter or early spring, by cu ing old stems down to 15cm (in) from the ground.

Sea­sonal in­for­mal screen­ing. Best for

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