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Plants as privacy screens for the terrace in the tub – evergreen, hardy and Mediterranean varieties

A natural privacy screen made of plants is the preferred choice among many garden and terrace owners, and this is also true for the terrace. But it is not always possible to plant plants in the garden in close proximity to the terrace. Or would you like something exotic, but can not use such plants because of our cold winters? Then plants as privacy screens for the terrace in tubs are just the right choice! We would like to present you with a great selection of suitable varieties that are guaranteed to impress you. Whether evergreen, deciduous, flowering, with needles or leaves – there is something for everyone.

Plants as privacy screens for the terrace in the tub – The wig shrub

Plants as a privacy screen for the terrace in a tub - wig bush (Cotinus coggygria) with pink flowers

If you are looking for a particularly low-maintenance tub plant, the attractive wig shrub (Cotinus coggygria) is always the right choice. Not only does it tolerate drought very well, but it is also hardy to pests and diseases. So, this makes it perfect if you are looking for plants as a privacy screen for the patio in a container. In the wild, the shrub grows a full 2 feet tall, but this is not possible in a planter. However, there are tall-growing varieties with a height of 1.2 meters. If you then add the height of the container, you get the ideal height for a natural privacy screen.

Particularly impressive are the fluffy flowers, which are white-pink and bloom from May. But even after flowering, and more specifically in the fall, the shrub is pretty to look at with its yellow-red foliage.

  • easy to care for and robust
  • blooming
  • beautiful autumn colors
  • deciduous

Vines for a natural privacy screen for terrace

Plants as a privacy screen for the terrace in the tub - vine (Vitis vinifera subsp. vinifera) with grapes

Many would not even think of choosing vines as plants for privacy screens for patios in tubs. Probably because people imagine vines on large plantations and think they need plenty of space in the garden. In this case, they feel very comfortable even in the tub, but also need a climbing support. Simple wires are quite sufficient for this purpose. The dense foliage, which gives the terrace a Mediterranean flair, protects not only from glances, but also from the wind. If you also let the plant entwine along a roofing (e.g. pergola), you will also get the perfect sun protection for the warm seasons.

Plants as a screen for the terrace in the tub - vine as a screen, wind and sun protection

In the fall, pruning down to the old wood is necessary, after which you can leave the planter outside for the entire winter or store it in a garage, shed and other spaces. However, make sure that the plant does not dry out during this period. Both noble vine (Vitis vinifera subsp. vinifera) and wild vine (ivy vine) are great options.

  • Climbing plant that requires a climbing support
  • also suitable as wind and sun protection
  • hardy
  • pruning necessary

Plants as a privacy screen for the terrace in the tub – red glossy medlar

Plants as a privacy screen for the terrace in the tub - red glossy medlar (Photinia fraseri) with red shoots


The special thing about this plant is the variety of colors. In itself, the leaves of red glossy medlar (Photinia fraseri) are green and shiny. However, new shoots stand out for their red color. In addition, there are white flowers as well as red berries in autumn, which make the appearance just perfect. For container planting and more precisely as a screen for terraces, the plant is so ideal because it can grow between 1.5 and 3 meters high and is evergreen to boot.

  • evergreen
  • not hardy
  • flowering
  • berries in autumn
  • sunny to semi-shady

Vinegar trees as patio plants

Plants as privacy screens for the terrace in the tub - vinegar tree (Rhus typhina) for exotic flair

Vinegar tree (Rhus typhina), which is also known as staghorn sumac, is also particularly pretty to look at and there are varieties of it that are perfect for containers. Very impressive and exotic are especially the leaves. It is then very suitable if you are looking for a low-maintenance patio planting, which is robust to boot. Also, these trees are hardy plants, but after a beautiful red-orange leaf coloration in autumn, lose their foliage in winter. So vinegar trees are plants as privacy screens for the terrace in the tub, which is more likely to provide shelter in the warm seasons.

  • easy to care for and robust
  • hardy
  • deciduous
  • beautiful autumn colors

Creeping spindle as evergreen privacy screen for the shade

Creeping spindle (Euonymus fortunei) is the perfect privacy screen plant for the shade


Creeping spindle (Euonymus fortunei) are perfectly suitable as evergreen tub plants. It is also very practical that they can thrive very well in the shade, making them ideal for darker garden areas with patios. Topiary is possible with these plants if you want it, but not absolutely necessary. Make sure you choose the right variety! Namely, there are those that tend to creep and those that climb. Go for the latter and also provide a climbing aid as well.

Creeping spindle as a privacy plant in the planter on the shady terrace

Creeping spindles are also hardy tub plants , which are evergreen to boot, so that the plants provide the perfect privacy screen for the terrace in the tub even in the cold season. Depending on the variety, the leaf color may vary. For shade, those with white variegated leaves are optimal.

  • evergreen
  • easy to care for and robust
  • hardy
  • pruning and shaping possible, but not absolutely necessary
  • suitable for shade
  • different leaf colors available

Terrace screens with Mediterranean flair – citrus trees and more

Citrus trees for Mediterranean flair on the garden terrace and rich harvests

Every hobby gardener has surely dreamed of having their own lemon, orange or tangerine trees. And as long as you have enough space indoors to stow the non-winter-hardy plants in a tub as a privacy screen for the patio, there’s really nothing standing in your way. Citrus trees are quite fast-growing and tall plants, and the large tub will even give them a bit of height. In addition, the flowers will spoil you with a pleasant aroma, and the fruits with their taste.

But that’s far from all you can choose if you are looking for a Mediterranean feel. Olive trees and figs are also a great option. Around the terrace can also be placed planters with trellis, where kiwis can grow up. For this purpose, mini kiwis (kiwi berries), for example, are perfect.

  • relatively easy to care for
  • fast growing
  • bear edible fruit
  • flowering

Firethorn

Firethorn (Pyracantha coccinea) as a privacy plant decorates with red berries

The firethorn (Pyracantha coccinea) can grow to a height of 2 to 3 meters. But this is not the only impressive feature of this thorny plant. It also decorates the terrace with fragrant flowers and in autumn with pretty berries. There are yellow, as well as orange and red varieties. The firethorn as a privacy plant in a container is robust and easy to care for and prefers a sunny location – ideal for screening a terrace that is located on the south or west side.

Firethorn in a planter with climbing support and orange berries

For an opaque growth, regular pruning is necessary for these plants as privacy screens for the terrace in the tub. This takes place after flowering. However, if you want to enjoy the bright berries, you should not cut off the withered inflorescences and refrain from pruning.

  • robust and easy to care for
  • sunny location
  • flowers and berries
  • Pruning necessary

Fast-growing tub plants as privacy screens – bamboo in the tub

Bamboo in the planter for a dense privacy screen

Actually nothing new is the bamboo, if you want to plant the terrace with the help of plant pots to provide more privacy. However, since it is an extremely low-maintenance and fast-growing plant that quickly turns into a perfect patio privacy screen, we would like to mention the exotic bamboo once again. Even though it looks really good in the garden, many garden owners shy away from the fact that it can spread uncontrollably and therefore needs a root barrier.

However, if you choose these plants as a privacy screen for the terrace in a container, the problem does not exist. A large container is important. It does not tolerate waterlogging. Since these potted plants are hardy, you can leave them outside during the cold season. Then a shady location, preferably protected from the wind, is the best choice.

  • hardy
  • fast growing
  • easy to care for

More demanding plants as a privacy screen for the terrace in the tub – boxwood.

Winter hardy boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) requires a lot of care, but is pretty to look at

The boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) requires a little more patience and care, but it scores with its extremely dense growth. Those looking for fast-growing plants, however, will not find the right thing with this hedge plant. The care requirements are also quite intensive – rich fertilization is necessary every year in spring, and regular topiary supports the dense growth of the branches.

  • hardy
  • more intensive care necessary
  • evergreen
  • any topiary possible

Fast growing privacy screen with grasses – The switchgrass

Planting switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) for more privacy - grasses for the modern garden

Between 150 and 180 cm (during the flowering period) high becomes the pretty switchgrass (Panicum virgatum). Grasses are virtually indispensable, especially in modern garden and terrace design. As a modern privacy screen, they are therefore ideally suited. However, these low-maintenance plants also do very well in other garden styles. Depending on the variety, the grass has green to blue-green blades and reddish to pink inflorescences. The ‘Northwind’ cultivar grows columnar and dense, making several plants ideal as a privacy screen for the patio in a container.

The culms dry out in the fall and are not cut until spring, so they can protect the root ball from the winter cold. In addition to this, the planter needs protection from the cold, if it is to remain outside during the winter. Alternatively, it can be stored in the warm (for example, garage or shed). Do not forget to water the beautiful ornamental grasses in winter , otherwise the plant will dry out.

  • easy to care and robust
  • durable
  • hardy in the garden bed; winter protection for container plant necessary
  • pretty coloring of the blades and flowers
  • pruning in spring

Plants as privacy screens – Riding grass

Frost-proof riding grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora) with wheat-colored spikes

If instead you would prefer a grass that also decorates in winter , the riding grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora) and more specifically the variety ‘Karl Foerster’ is very suitable. The wheat-colored spikes, which form after the purple shimmering flowering, namely remain throughout the winter, occupying a height of 100 to 160 cm. However, a sunny location is important for this ornamental grass, because the partial shade it tolerates only conditionally, and the shade even not at all. When planted as a privacy screen for the terrace in a tub, riding grasses require frost protection.

  • Flowers
  • sunny location important
  • dry blades remain privacy screen in winter
  • pruning only in spring
  • not hardy in containers; frost protection necessary

Dwarf Silver Cypress

Dwarf silver cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera) - ornamental plants protect from foreign glances

Conifers are generally perfect plants as privacy screens for patios in tubs. The dwarf silver cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera) is one of them, along with the thuja. With a stately height of up to 4 meters depending on the variety, this plant is more than suitable as a privacy screen for the terrace and garden. Its evergreen characteristic guarantees ideal protection even in winter and that under low conditions in terms of care. In addition, its attractive needle dress in bluish-gray.

The only drawback of this beauty is its slow growth. However, you can buy already larger plants for the planters on the terrace and use them directly as a screen, if you do not have the patience to wait.

  • evergreen
  • tall growing
  • easy to care for
  • hardy

Privacy plants for tubs

Plants as privacy screens for the terrace in tubs - evergreen and non-hardy varieties

In principle, there are countless varieties of privacy plants for the terrace, which you can also grow in a tub. We have only compiled a small selection from which you can search for your favorite. Below we have another list of other great species that you can use for planting as a privacy screen for the terrace in the tub:

  • Barberry (Berberis julianae) – 2 to 3 feet, yellow flowers and red to black edible berries; low maintenance; sunny to partial shade location.
  • Holly (Ilex) – deciduous, but with dense foliage even in winter; undemanding; white flowers and berries in yellow, red, brown or black; light, but off-sun to shady location; evergreen
  • Tree of life (Thuja) – small-growing varieties suitable for containers; water regularly and avoid overfertilization; not winter-hardy in containers, frost protection necessary; evergreen; quite easy to care for
  • Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) – choose small-leaved varieties as they are less susceptible to frost; ‘Otto Luyken’ is a robust and drought-resistant variety; easy to care for; evergreen; suitable for shade
  • Rosemary willow (Salix eleágnos’Angustifolia’) – sunny location; up to 2 meters tall; drought resistant and robust
  • Slash maple – yellow or red foliage in fall; drought resistant; needs plenty of water, but does not tolerate waterlogging; site protected from wind; hardy, but container plants need frost protection for roots; slow growing

Plants as a privacy screen for the terrace in the tub - what species are suitable