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Old 05-23-2010, 09:38 AM
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I need some advise. Below is a picture of my back yard. The palm tree in the middle of the picture is dead and needs to replaced. It died as a result of the cold snap. I want to replace it with something that will block out the view into my neighbors windows. Basically I am looking for something besides a ficus hedge that will grow to a mature height of 5 through 9 feet to be used as a privacy barrier. I live in south Florida and the palm trees worked when they were smaller but are to tall now. I would like to eventually create a privacy barrier around the yard so I don't see the neighbors houses or maybe just there roofs. Ideas please....



Oh and I hate with a passion areca palms or I would of used them.

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...a couple of suggestions. Green Buttonwood if you want something that can be maintained as a hedge both formal or not...really pest resitant and pretty quick to grow.

If you want some colour, try one of the Acalypha's that come in lots of different colours. Will cover up that fence and view of neighbour in a short time.
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Attention Landscaping Gurus
I need some advise. Below is a picture of my back yard. The palm tree in the middle of the picture is dead and needs to replaced. It died as a result of the cold snap. I want to replace it with something that will block out the view into my neighbors windows. Basically I am looking for something besides a ficus hedge that will grow to a mature height of 5 through 9 feet to be used as a privacy barrier. I live in south Florida and the palm trees worked when they were smaller but are to tall now. I would like to eventually create a privacy barrier around the yard so I don't see the neighbors houses or maybe just there roofs. Ideas please....



Oh and I hate with a passion areca palms or I would of used them.

Bamboo.
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I think before you pick something to go back there you should have some sort of theme in mind. Like one could say go with Emerals (a type of cedar) but that wouldn't go with a tropical theme. I'd say pick something that you can build to as time goes by to end up with a complete package.

Tall Grasses might be of interest to you:

Cortaderia Selloana - a regal ornamental grass with spectacular fluffy white blooms in the late summer. Grows to 10 to 12' high.

Miscanthus Simensis "Goliath" - a very stron grower with large flower heads in early autumn. Grows to approx. 8' tall.

Miscanthus Sinensis "Zebrinus" - Horizontal pale and yellow strips add contrast to the green leaves. Has silvery-white plumes in the autumn which remain attractive into winter. Grows to 8' high.

There is other grasses you could go with, the above is just a few.
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Bamboo is a good natural fence/barrier but be aware there are some EXTREMELY invasive types that after a few years you will be sorry if you planted the wrong one.
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Yea I lost a lot to, But a fast growing Fish Tail Palm is hard to beat, Plant 3 to 5 and dare some one to come over.
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Bamboo has an unfortunate reputation as a voracious spreader, so many gardeners ignore its potential as an elegant, evergreen plant. Understanding how bamboo grows is the best way to choose one that meets your needs. There are two broad groups of bamboos: clumping (noninvasive) and running

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Ditto the smaller varieties of CLUMPING bamboo.

Also oleanders, ornamental ginger or banana
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Originally Posted by A Few Dollars View Post
Ditto the smaller varieties of CLUMPING bamboo.

Also oleanders, ornamental ginger or banana
Fish tail palms are clumping, will smoke bamboo, or the great Acrea Palm, many people don't have a clue, LOL, Fish Tails in florida are dirt cheap, Hell for a buck i could plant some stuff that would blow your mind. Good luck with these yankers!
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Originally Posted by csaltbay View Post
Fish tail palms are clumping, will smoke bamboo, or the great Acrea Palm, many people don't have a clue, LOL, Fish Tails in florida are dirt cheap, Hell for a buck i could plant some stuff that would blow your mind. Good luck with these yankers!
Sorry if that came across wrong, i like my brothers from LA, Iam one also, but have been down here since i sailed here in 1978, sorry!
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O tay, i just now read how you hate Acrea palms, OK a little slow today. I dug up a 30 foot fish tail palm, a bunch of christmas palms, Worked my but off, I said only invest in hardscape from now on! But i got a great deal on coco plums, sea grapes, and travlers plams There is no hope!
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I just planted 4 medium "CLUMPING BAMBOO PLANTS" against my back fence. I am also going to purchase 2 "BLUE CLUMPING BAMBOO PLANTS" they are absolutely stunning and after a few years are very thick and make a great privacy hedge.
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Traveler Palm.
The big fan shaped palm in this pic of my yard. Great for privacy and shade. Dont be so sure your pal is dead. Mine are just starting to show some signs of growth and I was sure they were dead.


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This one loaded. The traveler is behind the umbrella. You could also do bird of paradice which is whats to the left of the table with the big leaves. That held up tpo the cold very well. We lost a lot of this and it was a big project we did last year. 1700sq/ft of brick and a lot of plants.
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One more of the traveler. We are "into" the landscaping thing so let me know if I can help you out. I designed all of this and did most of the work.
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We thought we lost all of the palms on the island around the grill but they just started showing signs of life. They were completetly brown. Water and fertilize....dont give up on them yet.
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Mr. Demeanor very impressive work.....it's your own slice of paradise!!!!!
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Lillypilly. Syzygium.

Let them grow to a medium tree or keep them trimmed to a hedge.

Australian native. Over 70 varieties. Bulletproof.

Will take frost,snow or 140 degrees.

http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1484699.htm

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