Got deer and need screening? Here is a list 6 wonderful plants for a deer resistant screen.
Whether you just want to block off an ugly view, dampen noise or you just desire a space that is all yours and yours alone, sometimes you just want your privacy. There are many plants that can get the job done. These 6 wonderful plants work even if you have deer.
Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)
A slender, conical conifer (trying saying that three times fast!) with a slightly pendulous look, Japanese Cedar can grow 50’ tall. There are, however, smaller dwarf varieties that may be more appropriate for residential landscapes. The foliage is soft to the touch and turns slightly reddish for the winter.
Leatherleaf Viburnum (Viburnum rhytidophyllum)
This evergreen Viburnum (most are deciduous) has this olive green leaves that form a great green wall for screening. White fragrant flowers in the spring followed by red berries in the fall. By the way, birds love these berries. Bonus! With a height of 6’ to 10’, it is an excellent screening plant.
Skip Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus ‘Schipkaensis’
This broadleaf, thick, dense, evergreen shrub matures at 10’ to 12’ tall. Its foliage is a dark green-blue which can be a fantastic backdrop to flowering shrubs and perennials planted in front of it. A little warning – deer will nibble at the Skip Laurel but do not prefer its taste.
Little Gem Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’)
The belle of the south. One of the most beautiful broadleaf evergreen shrubs. With gloss, dark green leaves and a fragrant white flowers, Magnolias are a pleasure in any garden. The Little Gem variety grows 15’ to 20’ in height.
Northern Bayberry (Myrica pennsylvanica)
Northern Bayberry is a deciduous shrub so it may not be a suitable choice if you need screening during the winter. If this is not a concern, this plant is an excellent plant with gray-green, aromatic leaves. Its mature height is 8’ to 10’. One more benefit; the fruit is attractive to birds.
Moonglow Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum 'Moonglow' )
Exceptionally showy, silvery blue foliage and broad pyramidal form makes a most attractive screen. A tough plants with dense branching that grows to 20’ tall.
Although each of these plants can make a wonderful screen in their own right, some of the best privacy screen plantings we have seen involve using several varieties of plants used in groupings. After all, variety is the spice of life!
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