10 Best privacy plants for garden screening

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Are you looking for privacy in your backyard? Do you want to enjoy your green spaces out of sight of others? There is no need to install a wall because there are several beautiful screening plants you can get to create a plant screen for your garden. In addition to privacy, they may be colourful, attractive and bring a lot of charm. Planting a plant in the garden for this purpose is not always easy. We often wonder what species could we plant, which species would be compatible with the soil, the climate and the morphology of our garden. 

In this article, you will find out the best privacy plants for the garden!


1- Bougainvillea

Bougainvillaea is a tropical and subtropical, woody vine-like, a fast-growing shrub belonging to the Nyctaginaceae family. This gorgeous ornamental climber with evergreen heart-shaped foliage is very easy to care for and can be grown in a pot, on the balcony or also to create privacy in the garden.  Bougainvillea flowers grow in clusters at the ends of the branches. These insignificant flowers are surrounded by red, orange, pink, purple or white leaves, called bracts that give the plant its showiness. Indeed, this is one of the best plants for privacy in the garden. 

2- Bamboo

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Bamboos are excellent plants for the garden. Most Bamboo species are easy and fast-growing plants and form a flexible and blackout curtain. Before taking a bamboo talk with a local landscape expert to find the best one for your backyard. Generally, there is Fargesia scabrida ‘Asian Wonder’ with purple or blue-grey culms and 3-4 m height and Fargesia nitida ‘Great Wall’ with purple-red culms and 2-4 m height. So, these tall plants are a good choice for garden screening because they are resistant and adapt to all kinds of soil. 

3- Star jasmine

Star jasmine, also called false jasmine is a popular fragrant vine that offers very beautiful flowering and evergreen foliage throughout the year. It grows rapidly up to 5 meters high, requires very little care and no pruning apart from an annual refresh at the end of winter to increase flowering. This plant is among the best backyard plants, can cover a fence or a wall if it is well fixed to support and allows you to isolate yourself in your garden while enjoying a pretty flowery plant curtain. Planting is carried out indifferently, in the fall or in the spring in well-drained soil.

4- Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba, named commonly Ginkgo or Maidenhair tree, is a popular traditional plant that is naturally growing in Asia. In fact, This perennial tree belonging to the Ginkgoaceae family is one of the oldest and most resistant trees in the world. Indeed, lot of people appreciate Ginkgo for its ornamental qualities but more appreciated for its therapeutic properties. To clarify more, Ginkgo is a conifer forming dense, conical trees that can reach 40 m high and can live for over 1,000 years. Furthermore, this magical plant has deciduous, fan-shaped, rich green leaves which turn bright yellow in fall to form a golden carpet when they fall. Also, Ginkgo blooms in spring in long yellow male flowers and large female flowers. It is also very useful for garden screenings. Why not take advantage of the beauty of this tree and use it at the same time as a screening plant?

5- Hibiscus syriacus

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Rose of Sharon, named botanically Hibiscus syriacus, is a flowering shrub of the Malvaceae family. These vigorous, vase-shaped, deciduous shrubs can reach 3m in height and can be perfect as fence plants, especially for medium and larger gardens. In addition, their showy, exotic-looking flowers start blooming in late summer to add a touch of color when many other plants are winding down. So do not hesitate to use these species as plants for privacy from neighbors. 

6- Chamaecyparis lawsoniana

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, known also as Port Orford cedar or Lawson cypress, is a species of conifer in the Cupressaceae family. This tree is native to Oregon and northwestern California. Moreover, this evergreen species has a tall, slender and conical shape and can reach 12-18m tall. Then, its dense and fine leaves make it a very decorative plant that add a magical touch to our gardens. Cypress is most used because it is very resistant and adapts to all kinds of soil. 

7- Clematis

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Clematis, named also the queen of vines, is a climber vine with large-flowering, star-shaped blooms. It is among the best shrubs for privacy. Its flowering, between March and October, brings color to the garden and happiness to your heart. This climbing plant, whose varieties are more or less large: from 2.5 to 10 meters in height, requires deep and cool soil, composed of a mixture of earth and compost. It is important to keep its foot in the shade, by planting other flowers. Know that the more you prune the clematis (at the end of winter, during February), the more it will flower! On the maintenance side, it is very resistant to cold and requires little water. However, be careful not to let it dry out or be attacked by aphids.

8- Pyracantha coccinea

Pyracantha coccinea, named also Scarlet Firethorn, is a thorny, evergreen to a semi-evergreen shrub of bushy habit growing to 4 m height. This Rosaceae member has glossy green leaves, needle-like spines, small white flowers and orange-red berries. It is indeed a great option for privacy plants because of its bushy habit and its attractive colors. 

9- Viburnum tinus

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Viburnum tinus, named also Laurustinus, is a species of flowering plant in the Adoxaceae family, native to the Mediterranean area of Europe and North Africa. This perennial shrub is very suitable for use as a privacy barrier in your garden because of its dense foliage of ovate, glossy dark green leaves. Moreover, Laurustinus produces eye-catching clusters of tiny, fragrant, white flowers and colorful berries. 

10- Juniperus chinensis 

Juniperus chinensis ‘Spartan’, known also as Spartan Juniper, is an evergreen tree widely used as a hedge plant. This attractive tree grows to 5 m tall and forms an upright column of dense and dark-green leaves. Also, this quick-growing screening plant tolerates a wide range of conditions, from cold to heat and drought as well. It is among the best trees for privacy. 

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