If your garden is overlooked or you would like to create secretive nooks where you can hide away in the summer, privacy screen plants are the ideal solution. They can also be used to block out an unsightly feature or to define different zones in your outdoor spaces. If you’re looking for privacy all year round, evergreen screening plants are your best bet as they don’t lose their leaves.
Types of Screening Plants
In a garden, privacy is crucial. Especially if your house is overlooked by several houses. Hence, comes the question of what can I plant to create privacy?
Suitable specimen plants for screening include hedging shrubs, trees, grasses and bamboos. Our impressive collection includes the Photinia Red Robin and the Magnolia Grandiflora.
- Photinia Red Robin: known for its distinctive red-tipped foliage, this privacy screen plant is native to Asia, particularly China. Though suited to partial shade, the brightest red colour will emerge in a sunnier position. The small, creamy white flowers that appear in spring are popular with wildlife, as are the berries that come later in the season. Easy to care for, the Photinia can reach a height of 7m and a spread of 3m.
- Magnolia Grandiflora: a large, rounded evergreen shrub with glossy dark green leaves. The Magnolia Grandiflora is native to the southeastern United States and is known for its glossy dark green, leathery leaves. This plant can grow quite tall (as high as 7+ metres in the UK) and the density of the leaves makes it an excellent privacy screen plant. You’ll also benefit from fragrant, cream-coloured flowers in the spring.
- Bamboo: the fastest-growing screening plant, bamboo is evergreen and native to tropical, subtropical and temperate climates. Most commonly found in Asia and South America, this plant is elegant and features distinctive thin canes that sprout attractive golden green-yellow leaves. The canes grow between 2.5 and 5 metres high, making it an ideal screening choice.
- Ilex Crenata: suitable for small garden spaces, the Ilex Crenata is an evergreen hedge plant that’s native to Eastern China and Japan. Growing to a height of 2-3 metres, the dense dark green foliage is joined by attractive white flowers in May and June.
- Euonymus Alatus: a large, spreading, deciduous shrub. Also known as 'burning bush', the oval leaves turn rosy-crimson in autumn. Small, green flowers appear in the spring, and are followed by purplish-red fruits. This tree grows up to six metres tall and 600 cm wide. Great as a shrub border, hedge or screen, this tree transforms in the autumn and is best placed in a sunny spot in well-drained soil.
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When it comes to choosing the right screening plant, there are plenty of considerations. The type of soil you have and the height you want to achieve will all play a part. There may also be some legal considerations depending on where you want to plant and whether you live in a Conservation Area.
Create a sanctuary that you want to spend time in. Shop our range of Privacy Screen Plants for your garden today. Or, why not pay our Oundle garden centre a visit? Our knowledgeable team is on hand to help. Get in touch today. Every tree is hand-picked by our team.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best plant for screening depends on your garden size and requirements. Bamboo is fast-growing and Red Robin Photinia offers an attractive red leaf shade. Whichever plant you choose, make sure it won’t outgrow the available space and is compatible with the type of soil you have. You can also check our favourite evergreen screening plants.
One of the screening plants that grows the fastest is bamboo. However, we also have various screening plants that develop quickly.
There are plenty of options to make a small overlooked garden more private. Smaller screening plants are ideal. Get in touch with the Olive Grove team to find out which plants would work best for your garden