Nellie Stevens Holly! This evergreen hybrid grows up to 3 feet per year, it's perfect for privacy screens, and it thrives on neglect. Also, from an aesthetics perpective, it produces the most beautiful dark green, tiny waxy leaves (I love!!) and during Christmastime, we'll have bright red berries. Yes, yes, and yes, please. Also, it's cheap.
Growing a Home Orchard for Self Sufficiency Planting and managing your own home orchard can be a very rewarding activity. It takes time and patience to develop a productive orchard, but the payoffs are worth it. Growing fruit trees is measured in terms of years, not months or seasons, but once your young trees are established, the time investment needed to maintain them is relatively low.