Our favourite evergreen screening plants

photinia bush

Privacy matters in a garden. Regardless of whether you get on well with your neighbours, your garden should be a place of peace and tranquillity – you don’t want to feel like you’re being watched!

Most gardens aren’t exactly built with privacy as a top priority, however. Most of us live in homes surrounded by other homes, which often have a direct view into our garden. So, what’s the solution? You could add additional screens or fencing, or build a gazebo of some description – but none of these ideas will fit the bill if you want to keep your garden as unspoilt as possible.

Happily, nature also has a solution of its own: screening plants. These fast growing trees or shrubs have dense foliage, allowing them to shield you from prying eyes without spoiling the look and feel of your outdoor space. If you’re interested in getting some screening plants for your own garden, we’ve put together a list of four top varieties you should consider.

All of them are evergreen, meaning they’ll offer privacy all year round – not only in the summer. Plus, all of them can be grown easily in the UK. Let’s begin with the fastest growing plant of them all…


Native to parts of Asia and South America, bamboo is one of the most spectacular plants in the world. Known for its rapid growth rate, bamboo can achieve heights of up to 5m and can grow visibly within a single day!

Photinia Red Robin

If you want your screening plant to be as much of a feature as any other plant in your garden, you’ll love the ‘Red Robin’ Photinia, so-named because of its distinctive, red-tipped foliage. Again native to Asia, this stunning variety can grow up to 7m tall.

Magnolia Grandiflora

Sporting dense, glossy dark green leaves, this North American plant has been known to reach heights of more than 7m. It’s not the height that makes this plant stand out, but the density of its foliage – it provides a greater level of privacy than practically any other variety.

Ilex Crenata

Native to Japan and Eastern China, Ilex Crenata can grow to a height of 2-3m. It has dense, dark green foliage all year round, which is complemented in Spring by beautiful white flowers.

Explore our range of privacy screening plants

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