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7 Plants That Create Privacy On Your Landscape

by | Sep 2, 2020

Robert Markley

Robert Markley is a licensed Landscape Architect with over 20 years of experience working with clients to provide excellence in landscape design, project management, and installation services. He also possesses a rare combination of skills as a horticulturist, licensed Landscape Contractor, and licensed Irrigation Contractor, equipping him to provide a comprehensive and practical approach to any project, big or small. He takes pride in helping our clients envision and create amazing outdoor spaces that are enjoyed now and for years to come.
Arborvitae

If you need exceptionally tall coverage for your privacy needs, your best bet is to plant a row of arborvitae. These tall, slim evergreen trees provide a dramatic effect when they ring your yard or garden. With their lush foliage and hardy nature, arborvitae are an excellent choice for a natural privacy barrier that also brings an earthly grace to your property.

Bamboo

Bamboo adds an exotic yet charming look to any landscape. With its closely clustered stalks and expansive fronds, it easily replaces an ugly view with one of beauty and provides ample shade and privacy along a fence, against a window, or around a yard. Bamboo is notoriously fast-growing, and  can be invasive if you plant improperly or pick a non-clumping variety, so try the Borinda or Fargesia  species to minimize unwanted spread or the need for lots of upkeep. 

Boxwood

Boxwood, true to its name, is often found in trimmed box shapes (or any shape you desire) and features dense foliage that easily blocks views. It has a delightful old-school charm that evokes imagery of well-manicured royal gardens. Best used in large planters, boxwood is a great option for perimeter hedging or if you need privacy in front of windows.

Chindo Viburnum 

If you need to cover a tall space, such as windows, screens, or fences, and enjoy a lush, natural  aesthetic, look no further than Chindo Viburnum. This shrub grows quickly and provides dense  coverage. It also maintains an excellent upright posture, giving it a leafy elegance that adds both  class and privacy to your property. (sounds like the description for the Indian Buckthorn will work  just fine on this one.

Holly

Holly isn’t just for Christmastime…it’s also a hardy, beautiful shrub that offers excellent privacy coverage with a bit of colorful beauty. Plus, its sharp leaves provide an effective deterrent to anyone trying to jump the hedge. There are many varieties of holly, so you can choose the best mix of colors, height, and density for your privacy needs.

Jasmine

While jasmine takes years to fully grow and fill in, it’s well worth the wait. With its climbing vines, fragrant flowers, and hardy nature, it’s perfect for covering fences and trellis to add privacy to entranceways, backyards, and patios. Jasmine comes in several varieties, so you can choose the color and style that best suits your tastes. If you’d like a flowering vine that grows more quickly, choose fast-climbing Clematis as an alternative. Just be prepared to trim it!

Privet

If you’ve got time on your hands and want hedges that no one is getting through, invest in privet. Known for its compacted, tall growth pattern and dark green beauty, privet is the optimal choice for building walls out of plants. Add intrigue to your garden or lawn and completely obscure large windows or entrances from passerby with an impressive privet hedge.

If you need exceptionally tall coverage for your privacy needs, your best bet is to plant a row of arborvitae. These tall, slim evergreen trees provide a dramatic effect when they ring your yard or garden. With their lush foliage and hardy nature, arborvitae are an excellent choice for a natural privacy barrier that also brings an earthly grace to your property.

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