In the Garden with Jo

Screening trees and plants creates structure and seasonal interest

Make visual impact while creating greater privacy

Rose B O'Donoghue

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Screening trees and plants creates structure and seasonal interest

Thuja trees are ideal for screening and privacy while also being an attractive feature in your outdoors

Some of our most popular items on the nursery are specimen trees used for screening. As well as creating structure and seasonal interest in the garden, screening trees provide valuable privacy and can also be used to hide 'undesirable' views. Mature trees, espalier trees and evergreen trees are all ideal for screening naturally.

The most popular trees used for screening often have a clear stem of about two metres, with a full head of foliage above. This is particularly effective for blocking a view from overlooking neighbours and also useful for customers who want to meet a hedge or keep an attractive wall in sight.

'Feathered' trees provide screening from the ground up with full growth from top to bottom. At Caragh Nurseries, we specialise in both.

Evergreens are usually the preferred choice for screening as they will provide full cover all year around. Planting densely in a double row will also provide as much cover as possible.

Ten of the most popular trees used for screening and privacy are listed below:
Photinia Red Robin - fast growing, relatively cheap and provides additional colour.
Prunus Lusitanica (Portuguese Laurel) - develops small white fragrant, flowers in spring and little red berries develop later in the year.
Pinus Sylvestris (Scots Pine) - excellent tree for poor soils, especially dry soils.
Thuja Plicatta (Western Red Cedar) - similar looking to Leylandii but not quite as fast growing so easier to maintain, Thuja have thick, olive green foliage that creates a dense privacy screen.
Osmanthus (Sweet Olive) - dark, glossy green foliage and small, white, intensely fragrant flowers which are traditionally used in China to flavour tea and a variety of culinary products.
Olea Europea (Olive) - slow growing and reasonably compact so are ideal for a small garden or on a terrace and their evergreen green-grey foliage is a great lift to a garden.
Phyllostachys Aurea / Nigra / Spectabilis (Bamboo) - versatility, pest resistance and easy to grow.
Evergreen Jasmine - espaliers can create a complete screen like effect with the added bonus of beautiful scented white flowers. 
Fagus Sylvatica (Beech) - a tree with the added benefit of giving some coverage in the winter months without the price tag of the evergreen options.
Ilex Nellie Stevens (Holly) - a lovely holly with deep dark leaves, which is self-pollinating so guarantees an abundance of berries in the Autumn/Winter.

We have a wide range of stock available for viewing on site at the nursery and also at our Nursery Park just across the road.
We welcome visitors and are open 8am - 5pm on Monday to Friday and 9am - 5pm on Saturday’s.

If you would like to book a time for a design consultation at the nursery, or for more information on stock we have available, please call us on 045 879 170. We look forward to hearing from you! E: jo@caraghnurseries.ie