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Use Different Plants to Create a Natural Screen for Your Yard

If you’re searching for ways to create a natural screen for your yard, today’s post is for you! Kate here, and I have a little bit of experience in this area, as I spent the greater part of five years trying to block the view of my neighbor’s backyard, which had become a dumping ground for unwanted items. The problem: my living room overlooked the junk heap, and nothing but a chain-link fence separated our outdoor spaces. The solution: privacy plants. Get ready for some interesting vegetation that can can add shade, privacy and beauty to your yard. Below you will find 10 options to choose from, and at the very end of the post, I’ll reveal what I ended up selecting for my backyard. Ready to get started?

Bamboo
We begin with bamboo, which adds height and modern style to the outdoor spaces it adorns. Below we see how a row of bamboo creates a poolside wall of greenery. But what about the fact that bamboo can be invasive and hard to maintain?

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Not all bamboo is invasive! While some can quickly get out of control, try Fargesia bamboos, which have clumping roots and grow more slowly than their unruly counterparts. There are many perks to Fargesia, including the fact that it’s fast-growing, evergreen and hardy, even in the cold. For more information, check out Nursery Management.

Cacti
While not the obvious choice, cacti create sculptural modern fencing options with an unexpected twist! A February 2015 Gardenista article by Jeanne Rostaing showcases the Mexican Fence Post cactus, which graces the patio of El Montero restaurant in Mexico, as shown below. Did you know that this cactus was used by Mexican landowners to designate property lines?

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Boxwood
Boxwood is an ideal evergreen choice for pots and planters. Try tall, slender containers to add height, and sculpt the boxwood for a privacy screen with a bold, manicured statement!

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Boxwood also makes a lovely option for the ground, and it adds English garden-style charm when trimmed into spheres or hedges. If height isn’t a huge factor with your privacy screen, you don’t need to wait for the boxwood to grow tall before achieving the results you desire.

Artificial Boxwood
If you need thick, tall, lush coverage and you want an instant privacy screen effect, consider artificial hedges. In fact, artificial boxwood is catching on as the perfect solution if you don’t have the time to cultivate tall hedges. Below we see artificial boxwood from Planters Unlimited via Dwell on Design.

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Another reason to go artificial: maintaining perfectly sculpted hedges takes time and money. These artificial boxwood hedges from Hooks & Lattice don’t require the maintenance of their live counterparts! Plus, they’re crafted from high-quality polyurethane with UV protection and hand assembled/attached. The boxwood can be bolted to planters (also from Hooks & Lattice) for a clean, modern look.  If you choose to go faux, do your research and be sure you understand how much life you’ll get out of your investment before it eventually begins to weather and fade.

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Italian Buckthorn
We continue on our evergreen shrub kick, this time getting back to the real variety! Consider Italian Buckthorn for your privacy planting needs. This shrub will grow rather quickly, and its upright formations make it ideal for screen purposes.

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Because it’s taller than it is wide, Italian Buckthorn is perfect for placement in front of walls or other structures that don’t need complete coverage. After all, why would you want to hide a colorful wall like the one below?

Privet
It’s important to remember that tall, lush hedges (even fast-growing ones) can take years to cultivate and grow. If you have time to be patient, it’s well worth the wait to achieve a private space like the one in the next featured image. Privet is the plant of choice in this stunning outdoor area.

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Keep in mind that when you’re planting greenery such as Privet, it’s important to consider the needs of your space and the growing potential of the plant you choose. Carefully plan out your privacy screen, taking care to research the proper spacing of each plant. Consult an expert, such as a landscaper or a knowledgeable employee at your local nursery. For more information, visit Arbor Day Foundation.

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Arborvitae
There’s something unique about the clustered, textured feel of Arborvitae’s greenery. This tree is often layered with other selections, such as Boxwood. Below we see a lush garden filled with manicured trees and shrubs. Note the Arborvitae growing tall behind the Boxwood

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If you’re considering planting Arborvitae as a privacy plant, there are some important hints to remember, including the value of properly researching the best variety of the plant for your yard. Get more information at DoItYourself.com.

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Photinia
Photinia offers ample coverage, as well as glossy leaves that add richness to your outdoor space. This evergreen shrub is often used as a privacy fence, as shown below in a hedge created by alternating Photinia with Dodonaea.You can let your Photinia fill out, or you can trim and cultivate it, as shown in the next featured image. If you have other greenery to mix in or a fence or wall behind it, trimming this plant is an eye-catching way to add interest to the yard. Whether or not you go for a manicured look, it’s important to regularly prune Photinia in order to keep it healthy and thriving.

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Cypress Trees
There’s nothing like the tall, stately silhouette of a Cypress tree. Because this plant grows tall and narrow, it’s perfect for planting in a row to create a screen, as shown by the patio space below.

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Leyland Cypress is a popular privacy fence choice, although the lifespan of this tree is rather short, with many estimates being between 10-20 years. As with all greenery you add to your yard, do your research so you can weigh factors such as cost and maintenance in relation to the longevity of your investment.

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Leyland Cypress is a popular privacy fence choice, although the lifespan of this tree is rather short, with many estimates being between 10-20 years. As with all greenery you add to your yard, do your research so you can weigh factors such as cost and maintenance in relation to the longevity of your investment.

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In contrast to the Clematis, plants such as Confederate Jasmine are slower growers, taking years to cover a fence but providing solid, hardy evergreen growth with a big payoff. Beautiful year-round and stunningly fragrant in the spring and/or summer (depending on where you live), this plant is perfect for balconies, patios, trellises and chain-link fences. In case you were wondering, this is the plant I chose to cover the fence in my backyard. It didn’t block the view of my neighbor’s boxes right away, but boy did it grow lovelier each year.10 Privacy Plants for Screening Your Yard in Style_14

 

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