Pleached Hornbeam trees - Pleaching is the weaving branches of multiple trees together for privacy, wind & sound block. Best trees for pleaching are Lindens, Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), Beech, Apple, Pear, Hawthorn, & Carob. The American Hornbeam (Carpinus Caroliniana) is hardy and holds some of it's leaves during winter to provide a privacy screen year round. Because each tree is trained to have a single stem, there is space below a pleached hedge for other plantings (a hedge on stilts!)
The Best Privacy Trees! What to plant if you see to much of your neighbors yard! Here is a smaller version - the tree is a Frons Fontaine Hornbeam and about half the size at maturity (height 25' width 10'). Because my back yard is small, long and narrow, I think that will go with the smaller tree. Plus with a name like Fons Fontaine it is sure to be a showstopper.
We asked the Chair of the Peony Society to share her no-nonsense tips for how to grow the perfect, blousy peonies - including how to plant them, care for them and how to help them look their best once they've been cut and arranged in a vase.