When you live near a road or near other houses, privacy is hard to get past.
Plants are a wonderful solution – they block the view into the garden and add natural curbs to your home.
The best plants to grow as a privacy fence are tall and thick enough to create a solid wall of greenery.
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Whether you are looking for stand-alone trees and hedges or vines that can cover an existing fence, start with these beautiful plant varieties.
Are you looking for a tall, solid natural privacy fence?
Arborvitae is a natural, aromatic choice.
These tall, narrow evergreen trees take about a year to create an amazing green wall that looks beautiful year-round. Some varieties can grow up to 4 feet a year.
Create privacy and set your color in the garden with azalea plants.
These beautiful flowering shrubs produce huge flowers in bright pink shades; when the leaves change in the fall, you will see another intriguing hue.
The trick is to choose a variety with dense branches – they provide maximum privacy for your garden.
Grow a natural privacy fence in no time with bamboo.
This fast-growing plant has distinctive green stems; plant them close together to create a spectacular wall that looks like nothing else in your neighborhood.
Bamboo thrives in hot, humid climates – with enough water it can grow up to 3 inches every day.
If you have an ugly chain fence in your garden, upgrade it with beautiful bougainvillea.
When properly supported, this plant can easily reach 20 meters tall.
Vines climb quickly and produce bright pink flowers that bring your outdoor space to life every spring and summer.
Bougainvillea plants love warm weather, so they do best in climates with mild winters.
Give your home a formal, traditional feel with boxwood fences.
With their small leaves and dense branches, these plants provide a high level of privacy.
You can prune them to create a sharp shape or let them grow to a more organic, natural look.
The chocolate wine is another wonderful way to cover an existing fence.
Also called the five-leaf akebia, this vine has thick, densely packed leaves that grow quickly. Every spring, your fence comes to life with amazing purple flowers.
Since this plant tends to take over any nearby structure, you plan to spend some time pruning it every year.
If you’ve ever been to Tuscany, you’ve probably seen tall, narrow cypress trees perched on driveways and bordering the courtyards of country villas.
These spectacular trees thrive when planted in rows, making them the perfect plant to create a magnificent privacy fence.
Some varieties can grow up to 60 meters tall.
Create a private fence in the middle height around a pool or garden with the beautiful duranta hedge.
Some types grow up to 7 meters high, so they offer both privacy and easy maintenance.
Choose from flowering and evergreen varieties that suit your climate and your gardening. If you have time for pruning, duranta erecta can reach heights of up to 10 feet.
English ivy is a classic choice for a privacy fence – the small vines climb effortlessly and cover an existing fence structure with a spectacular wall of bright green leaves.
This is a great choice for hand care; just plant it and water regularly. Keep in mind that ivy can take up to three years to reach full coverage.
English laurel is an evergreen hedge that offers year-round color and lush, attractive foliage.
The vertical branches are dense and ensure complete privacy. In zones 6-9, many varieties can grow to 12 meters high and 8 meters wide.
The evergreen spider, also called the euonymus japonicus and the Japanese spider, have lush, radiant green leaves that immediately light up your garden.
This plant is ideal for a lower privacy fence; it usually peaks a little over 3 feet high, but you can find taller varieties if needed. In the spring you can expect a nice crop of flowers.
With its long, elegant leaves and thick branches, Hicks yew creates a versatile, low-key privacy fence.
If you have limited time or patience for gardening and pruning, this is the perfect choice – it requires minimal maintenance.
We love this opportunity for its bright red berries that grow all winter.
You might think of holly as a Christmas decoration, but it’s also a great way to block the view into your outdoor space.
Holly is especially amazing as a shrub; the pointed, deep green leaves look beautiful when pruned. Brilliant red berries appear in mid-autumn and bring a cheerful hue to your garden.
If you are looking for a large, showy privacy fence, the hydrangea plant fits the bill. Every spring and summer, this plant produces huge balls of flowers.
The rest of the year, the cheerful green leaves create a natural wall. The best part?
This shrub grows fast so you can create a fence in just one season.
The evergreen Italian sea buckthorn is a fast-growing, low-maintenance plant.
Although the foliage is relatively thick, it does not always completely block the view; you get the best results when you plant it in front of an existing fence.
With its variegated leaves, the Italian sea buckthorn adds lots of dynamic color.
Do you need to fill in the gaps in an existing fence? Jacob’s Coat rose is a spectacular choice.
When you plant it next to a chain link or fence, it uses the structure for support. The lush leaves add privacy and the elegant, romantic flowers add color and fragrance.
Create a privacy fence that smells as good as it looks with juniper trees.
Choose a variety with dense branches, such as the Wichita Blue plant. The trees can grow up to six feet wide, so be sure to allow plenty of room for spread.
Lynwood Gold Forsythia
Lynwood Gold forsythia is a show-stop shrub that produces brilliant yellow flowers every spring.
After the flowers fall, the shrub develops a solid wall of deep green leaves.
For maximum privacy, spend time shaping the plants.
When you need a plant that can quickly grow into a fence, privet is a convenient option.
When watered and pruned regularly, this flowering hedge can grow up to 3 feet each year.
The yellow-green leaves are a great alternative to a fence, and the frothy spring flowers are a cheerful way to say goodbye to winter.
Red Tip Photinia
Enjoy long-lasting color with the vibrant red tip fotinia.
This unusual shrub is evergreen and produces eye-catching green and red leaves. Plant it in front of a fence for a quick makeover, or prune it carefully to encourage dense growth.
Red Twig Dogwood
Do you live in a climate with harsh winters and hot summers?
The red twig dogwood is a hardy plant.
It loses its leaves every fall, but that does not mean you need to sacrifice beauty – the branches are bright red so they look beautiful with or without leaves.
Roses are one of the most beautiful plants that you can grow as a privacy fence.
Many varieties require structure – build a trellis or a fence, and the vines cover it completely.
Roses require pruning, but your work plays out in fragrant, colorful flowers.
In hot climates, weeping figs are a unique way to create a privacy screen.
In most zones, these plants are grown as cake plants. In zones 10 and 11, however, they create stunning hedges with even downward-facing leaves.
This plant takes time to grow as it grows about 2 feet per year.