PRI­VACY, PLEASE

Southern Living (USA) - - Home & Garden - —RENEE by STEVE BEN­DER

› I need ideas for plants that will block the view of my neigh­bor’s pool in Char­lotte, North Carolina. Can you rec­om­mend any ev­er­green plants that will take full af­ter­noon sun and also grow quickly in large con­tain­ers to cover three big trel­lises? The planters have ir­ri­gation.

» Two fast-grow­ing ev­er­green vines you should con­sider are Con­fed­er­ate jas­mine (Trach­e­losper­mum jas­mi­noides) and Carolina jes­samine (Gelsemium sem­per­virens). The first bears sweet-scented white flow­ers, while the se­cond has fra­grant yel­low ones. An­other op­tion is pur­ple loropetalum. This broadleaved ev­er­green is very tough, drought and heat tol­er­ant, and fast grow­ing. It nat­u­rally forms a large shrub but ac­cepts shear­ing quite well and can be trained against a trel­lis. ex­tra sun. Trees that are heav­ily coated with lichens may be un­healthy. Yours sounds okay, but to keep it that way, give it tree fer­til­izer this spring and ex­tra wa­ter dur­ing sum­mer droughts.

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