I've set aside the area for the apiary and will be installing the first of the bees this weekend. The problem is that this area is not fenced in and is visible from the neighbor's house and the road. It likely is not a problem, but I'd prefer to have them out of sight.
So I think I would like to put a hedge in place to shield the hives from sight. I will likely keep it trimmed to 5' or so. I'd like for it to bloom early to give the bees a head start on the season. The downhill plants will also act as a windbreak from the winter winds, so evergreens may be the choice. I prefer to have plants that produce edible fruit, but not a requirement and probably not an option to get a good windbreak.
I'm in zone 7A.