Looking for a shrub or two to plant along the street in a nice, neat row, to hide the area where the trailers live. Plan is to have the living screen be between four and six feet (1.2 to 1.8 meters) high and about a foot or two wide in a line about 25 feet long.<br />n<br />nThe requirements are like this:<br />n1. needs to be full sun and nicely drought tolerant. The area is a mini desert of my very own. No water anywhere near.<br />n2. cannot be ugly, poisonous, thorny or excessively messy<br />n3. see the height requirements above<br />n4. it can be required to prune to make the desired shape, eg, bush vs tree<br />n5. a nice-to-have would be not too dense such that bugs, snails and rats move right in<br />n<br />nFor my birthday this year, I requested and received the new edition of <a href=”http://www.oxmoorhouse.com/product/id/101124.do” title=”sunset western garden book”>Sunset’s Western Garden Book</a>. Amazing book, really. Intention is to take it with me shopping at the nursery so I can look up whatever plant I find interesting to see the details about where it grows best, water usage, size, and any other info that is relevant. So far, I haven’t <strong>not</strong> found a plant in that book that I’ve seen or brought home from the store. (Don’t get the wrong idea, I don’t have a regular habit of shopping for plants, but lately, since we are re-doing the yard after the <a href=”https://www.jaworskihouse.com/blog/index.php?/categories/1-Construction” title=”remodel storm”>remodel storm</a>, it’s much more common.)<br />n<br />nAnyway, a shrub I’m looking at right now is called Ceanothus. Specifically, I’m looking at <a href=”http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/plants/ceanothus-julia-phelps” title=”ceanothus julia phelps”>Ceanothus Julia Phelps</a>. Any feedback on that pick? Any other suggestions?<br />n<br />nAs I do more digging around for ideas, I’ll continue to post them. Hmm, maybe time for a new category on this blog?