Laurel is the quickest growing evergreen shrub, so if you don't want a conifer hedge, Laurel is the quickest and cheapest way of creating an evergreen garden hedge. Laurels will also provide the most instant hedging as the taller sizes (4ft, 5ft and 6ft) are bushy and can often create an instant screen if planted close enough.
Photinia is a quick-growing evergreen shrub that’s great for creating privacy, as well as a standout garden border feature. The young leaves appear a rich red colour in spring, fading to a deep green tone in summer. It prefers a sheltered position but will tolerate almost any soil.
10 best fast-growing shrubs for instant garden impact