Thoughts on an informal hedge
A previous owner planted 8 Green Giant Arborvitaes between my house and the one next door, apparently in an attempt to create a very dense screen. I like the idea of a dense screen, but I couldn't live with the idea that we'd someday have a 30-60' tall wall of Arborvitaes on the South side of our house. They would be way too big, in my opinion. So, yesterday, I had them removed and they will live happily on in my friend's 3 acre yard down the street.
Now, I'd like to figure out what to put in next. I'd prefer a dense hedge of 8-15' tall shrubs/trees, but there's room to grow taller if necessary. I think I'd like something rather informal looking (translation: I'd like a variety of species, not just a wall of a single species). The area is about 80' wide and 10' deep with part sun in the summer. Well drained.
I have a couple of Nellie R Stevens Hollies that are already in place. I was thinking of mixing in some tea olives, a couple Little Gem Magnolias, and perhaps a few more Nellie R's. Maybe even a dwarf conifer or two. There are mature maples, oaks, and pines, plus a number of dogwoods, Brackens Brown magnolias, deodar cedars, yoshino cryptomerias, and lots more Nellie R hollies already growing in the yard.
Any thoughts on how my mixed hedge might look? I can't find any pictures of hedges with this mix of trees and shrubs. Will my selections look good together? Think I'll achieve a dense screen that way? I'm open to suggestions.
I'll post a photo of the area when it gets light enough outside to take a picture.