I live on a corner lot, with neighbors' fencing on two sides of my back yard, the house on a third, and an open street on the fourth.
Rather than installing a fence myself, to provide privacy in the back yard, I had the idea of planting some shrubs or bushes along about a 30-40 foot (9-12 meters) length along the road. I'm wondering if there might be any food-bearing plants that might do the job nicely.
So my criteria, in order of highest to lowest priority, would be something that:
- Will grow thick, and at least 4-5 feet tall, but taller would be nice (Clearly a 4-foot shrub wouldn't provide a lot of privacy, but it would keep wandering neighborhood children from drowning in the hot tub, which is the main concern)*
- Grows well in my area (mid-Kansas, Zone 6A) and in moderate sunlight
- Will make for at least a semi-attractive shrub row
- Will produce a small food crop
*Note I may opt to have a (probably wire) fence in addition to the shrub row, depending on how thick the shrubbery turns out to be, for the purpose of keeping pets in, and children out. But if possible, such a fence will be mostly hidden by the greenery. I'll also provably put a locked gate near the house (between the red line and side of the house in the photo)
I would be happy to consider a combination of plants. Particularly because I suspect a 40-foot harvest of any single crop will be more than I can eat or give away, whenever the crop ripens.
Secondarily, I had the thought that a combination of shrubs, planted right by the road, and (dwarf?) fruit trees planted a few feet into the yard, might help with privacy more than just one or the other.
Here's an image of my yard, taken from Google's satellite view:
The red line indicates where I want the privacy wall to go. The southern end is in direct sunlight practically all day, and the northern end is in direct sunlight all afternoon. (The image must have been taken mid-morning, judging by the shadow positions.)