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Plants as privacy screens for your garden: the best ideas and tips that can be very helpful

You don’t need a fence to maintain your privacy when you can use plants to keep your nosy neighbor from peeking into your yard. There are a wide variety of plants that can turn your property into a secluded retreat, and they can be much cheaper than installing a fence or other privacy screen. Below, we’ll give you a few ideas on which plants you can use as privacy screens for your garden.

Plants as a screen: evergreen juniper

Juniper one of the most famous plants as a privacy screen

Juniper is popular not only in the kitchen, but several species of juniper are excellent as a screen and hedge. Its advantage is that it is evergreen and easy to care for. Many species grow up to 3 meters tall or higher (attainable heights: 12 – 19 meters) and need a sunny to semi-shady location. The soil should be dry. Some species are better suited to large plots, while others, such as the species Spartan (Juniperus chinensis “Spartan”), can be planted closer together. Because of its dense foliage, juniper is also a good way to block wind.

Juniper care in the garden

Interesting tip: Juniper is one of the medicinal plants, that’s why juniper berries help with respiratory ailments and digestive problems, for example. You can make tea or essential oils from juniper.

One of the best plants as a privacy screen: cypress.

Cypresses as a good privacy screen in the garden

This tall, slender beauty is one of the best privacy trees for gardens. Decorative conifers – cypresses (Cupressus) – make wonderful privacy screens for garden fences. This is the ideal choice for quickly adding privacy to an outdoor area. The trees grow quickly and up to 1.5 feet per year, so they can ward off prying eyes after just a few years. However, keep in mind that fast growth also means more maintenance before you choose this tree. You should initially trim the cypress hedge twice a year.

Cypresses as plant privacy screen


These privacy plants need a sunny or partial shade location and don’t like too much wind. Plant them 30 centimeters apart, so the privacy screen will be opaque quickly, or about 50 centimeters apart if you can wait.

Boxwood: fantastic privacy screen

Boxwood as privacy screen

Boxwood (Buxus semprevirens) has long been used as a decorative pruned hedge in formal gardens, but is also beautiful when cared for less strictly. If allowed to grow freely, some species can reach 6 feet tall. Many people think of boxwood as a deep green plant, but there are also beautiful white variegated and golden species. Planted as a fence or in containers, it provides a rich “front” and a lush living wall that protects your garden from prying eyes. While boxwood is a hardy plant and a fantastic privacy screen, it is slower growing. However, it is perfect if you are looking for a low maintenance plant. Boxwood is known for being easy to prune and shape into any shape you desire.

Boxwood hedge as a privacy screen


Boxwoods do best in full sun, in medium or cooler climates, with an average amount of rainfall. Their advantage is that they are very long-lived plants and should only be pruned once a year.

Bamboo: a popular plant for privacy screens.

Bamboo as plant privacy screen in the garden

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, so it can create a lush and exotic privacy screen very quickly. Some bamboo species are invasive, so they may need to be contained if planted in the ground. Therefore, choose a slow-spreading species or plant the bamboo in large, raised planters to keep it under control.

Golden bamboo -Phyllostachys Aurea- is recommended as one of the best privacy plants for your garden because it has a wonderfully bright golden trunk with evergreen foliage. At first the stems are green, then they mature to a bright golden yellow.

Bamboo in garden as privacy screen

Bamboo has a modern look, so it’s a good choice if you’re a fan of modern garden ideas and need something that provides quick shelter. Plant it in full sun or partial shade, in a moist but well-drained soil. Water it regularly during the growing season, as bamboo is a thirsty plant.

Occidental tree of life

Thuja as plant privacy screen very modern

The trees of life ( Thuja occidentalis) are the most commonly used plants for privacy screens. There are many reasons why Thuja is one of the most popular plants for a living privacy fence. Its dense, evergreen foliage forms a thick hedge when trees are properly spaced. Thuja tolerates most soil conditions, is cold hardy and low maintenance. There are several species with varying growth, from dwarf to giant. When choosing a spot, pay attention to the height and width of the plant and also that this plant needs good drainage, a generally dry environment and full sun. The Tree of Life does well in almost any environment except extreme heat or extreme cold.

Use thuja as a privacy screen

Laurel Cherry

Use laurel cherry as a privacy screen

The dense evergreen foliage of the bay hedge can form a beautiful privacy screen up to three feet tall when pruned annually. Planted in a sunny location and well-drained soil, a bay hedge will reward you with white flowers in the spring. It is well suited for people who live in areas with harsher winters, as it is cold hardy.

Laurel cherry ( Prunus laurocerasus) has beautiful, glossy, medium green, egg-shaped leaves and is a popular privacy plant in many gardens because it is easy to care for and can be kept in shape by light pruning.

Laurel hedge in the garden as a plant privacy screen

Good tip: The leaves and seeds of bay cherry are very poisonous. Be sure to keep your children from putting plant parts in their mouths.