A few shrub questions
I have two different projects going on. First, we just built a deck which is in full sun. I'd like to landscape around it using boxwoods. I'm wondering if there is a variety that is a fast grower, or even a moderate grower. (I've read that boxwoods are very slow growing, not sure if that's true). Also, will they do ok in the sun? If not, is there a similar shrub that will?
Second, there is a shady area where I want to create a privacy hedge. I need a row about 110' long. The shade is caused by a variety of trees, mostly ash and maple. I wont be planting directly under them, but some roots may still be involved. I think I need something pretty tough. I'd go with something like privet or forsythia but I want it to be a dense, fast growing hedge. I'm not sure how either of those will do in the shade.
Thanks in advance for any help.