The super challenging problem is I have a 70 foot long area adjacent to country road and my house in Catskill which I would like to plant privacy shrubs screen the deer will not like. Currently there are a row of old lilacs. The nearby forsythia (which deer do not touch) create a privacy screen through their dense overgrown branches even in the winter. However a 70 ft long forsythia hedge screen is scary. But if I could mix with other fast growing shrubs it might be ok. Thinking spirea, rose of sharon. It’s a country natural woodlands kind of place. Ideas for other shrubs to intersperse?
Some quick part shade suggestions: Cornus sericea, Aesculus parviflora (bottlebrush buckeye), Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac), Pieris japonica- not sure if the native species (pieris floribunda) is also deer resistant, but I suspect it is.
Not sure how much sun and moisture you have, but I just planted a 80′ hedge of willow along a rural road at my studio (also in Catskill!) Deer are a real problem here, although we also have the problem of wet ground.
I have a mostly privet hedge between my yard & my neighbor’s driveway. There are incursions of barberry, forsythia, burning bush, and some little boxwoods – but I’d like to keep replacing the privet with other stuff. The problem is that they can’t spread much – they need to be more columnar. Anything in Leslie’s list that fills that bill? Or other suggestions? It’s somewhere between partly sunny and partly shady.
Try looking at a small cultivar of Viburnum trilobum (not deer resistant) such as compactum; you may still need to do some pruning to keep it in its place, but I have seen this working well in NYC to screen between two properties. Also Pieris japonica is neat and generally taller than wide, however it is slow growing.