Hi Margaret, I have been having a hard time making a decision about what to plant and am looking for advice. We are in southern Schoharie county on a big hill, zone 4. Our house is close to a road(not very busy), behind the road is view of the mountains. I would like to plant shrubs to block the road, but not the mountains. At this point there are a few mature Lilacs that are doing very well. The location(about 80 ft.) get full sun and is very windy in the winter. I am mainly looking to block the road in the summer so that when I am sitting on the porch or working in the yard, I don’t feel like I am on stage. I have been considering Hansa Rugosa Rose, Privet, Mock Orange, Viburnum…perhaps a combination. I would love something that grows fast and doesn’t look(or act) to fussy. Any thoughts?
ps. I loved hearing your interview on wamc. Very Inspiring!
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.