A privacy fence offers an effective way to screen your yard from the prying eyes of neighbors and passersby, but what if you want a barrier that is more natural and subtle? In that case, plants are an ideal choice. When it comes to identifying the best plants for privacy, the exact species will depend on your location, but there are several types of plants that landscapers consistently recommend when their clients want to create a private area.
The Best Plants for Privacy
When choosing the best plants for privacy, it’s important to consider factors like height, visual appeal, and growth rate. You don’t want to plant something that you won’t enjoy looking at, that you will find too difficult to maintain, or that will quickly outgrow the space that you have available. It’s also vital that you avoid invasive species, because they can wreak havoc on the environment. But don’t worry. Even when you impose these restrictions, there are still a variety of privacy-providing plants to choose from.
Lush and rich, ornamental grasses tend to grow between 3 and 5 feet in height with foliage that offers the privacy you crave, a pop of color that delights the eyes, and dazzling textures that tempt fingers to touch. Thanks to their growing cycles, ornamental grasses like switchgrass, feather reed grass, bluestem grass, and silvergrass generally provide the most coverage in the summer and fall.
With stalks that stretch toward the sky to form a living screen of exotic greenery, bamboo is a fantastic choice for people who want to turn their backyard into a secluded spot. However, it’s crucial that you select the species carefully because some bamboo species are invasive and prone to explosive, unpredictable growth. To use bamboo, choose a slow-growing, clumping species. For added protection, install a root-barrier lining if you plant it directly in the ground, or play it safe and plant it in containers.
Weeping willows and other weeping trees get their descriptive name from the way their foliage seems to flow downward. While these gorgeous trees are often expensive, they have dense foliage that reaches down to the ground, making them ideal for blocking intrusive eyes.
For year-round privacy, it’s tough to beat the dense natural screen formed by evergreens. Evergreen trees like cypress, spruce, and cedar trees can be planted side by side to form a living wall between your space and the rest of the world. In areas where less height is desired, evergreen shrubs can be used to create a low screen that retains both its beauty and its effectiveness regardless of the season.
Like evergreens, hollies come in shrub and tree varieties. A dense plant with colorful berries and leaves that range from vivid green to variegated, holly can be a delightful way to secure both privacy and visual appeal. Homeowners with pets, children, or a love of going barefoot may want to avoid the potential for uncomfortable contact with the crisp, prickly leaves often associated with holly by choosing a soft-leafed holly plant.
A support structure like a trellis, fence, or wall topped with a vibrant vine provides another great way to increase outdoor privacy. Options like the Virginia creeper, evergreen wisteria, and climbing hydrangea can provide a soft yet effective barrier between your space and the rest of the world.
If you’re exploring the best plants for privacy, remember that there’s no reason to restrict yourself to just one plant. Mixing various plants will generate visual interest, encourage healthy plants, decrease the odds that a single bout with disease will destroy your barrier, and help keep your space screened even as the seasons change.
Finally, if you’d rather leave the job to the pros, contact Nixa Lawn Service. We offer full-service lawn care, from weekly mowing and aerating to overseeding and irrigation. Plus, we can spruce up your landscaping with newly trimmed bushes, mulching, lighting, water features, plants, trees, and more! To get started, please give us a call at 417-724-0318 or contact us online.