Recommendation on Hedge to Screen
I have a unique situation that invites many questions so I thought I would post here (first time posting on Landscape Design).
Most of my landscaping is borders with edging and low plants except for fountain grasses and trees. I try to add color with annuals otherwise it is only a rose bed or two that add colors other than greens.
I'm interested in adding a shrub hedge in a very narrow strip of yard between my short gravel drive/parking that comes off a busy street and my ornamental lily pond that is almost directly in front of the parking and at the side of the cottage/house. I have a small stone-lined rim around the lily pond currently and this is where I wish to place the hedge to screen a part of the lily pond. (Actually, I'm more interested in screening the car's front bumper from the pond).
So, I'm curious for suggestions.
Near Kansas City, USDA zone 5, some zone 6 plants overwinter esp. near buildings.
Sun: an ever enlarging canopy from a nearby maple tree is stealing direct sun. Right now it's high shade in the area. Some direct at sunrise and sunset but not more than 2 hrs.
Adjacent garden soil: 7 - 7.5 pH (recently tested, this is reasonable as most of the soils around here are fertile but high pH)
Current Soil: raised due to pond edge and loose-laid stone walk; very rocky underneath but I will remove and ammend as needed.
Width: Need something NARROW. There's only about 3.5' to work with to keep a little circulation around a parked car or pond edge.
Height: looking for somthing that is atleast 3' and maybe taller if it can keep its dense-ness. Something 4-5' would work too, I plan to trim.
I think it would be best if it was something that could keep form and leaves/branches year 'round for screening purposes... so maybe evergreen, I know that I have boxwood shrubs in the front yard's garden and they do very well except the sun is different.
I've thought about a holly but worry about the fullness especially as it grows taller. Boxwoods, I wonder if there is enough sun. Laurels, do they do okay in high shade? I think most Junipers, which grow gangbusters around here, are too big. Other evergreens too spreading/arching for the location.
What would you suggest?