Plants for Privacy Screens

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Using a wall of evergreens is a simple way to block the view in your yard, but it can also be a boring and unattractive solution to the screening problem. Selecting a single type of plant for your screen is also an invitation to pests and disease that might cause the loss of your privacy when least expected.
There are formal and informal ways to provide privacy with plants. Often clipped hedges and evenly spaced rows of trees or shrubs make a formal statement; while evergreens inter-planted with deciduous plants, grasses and perennials are informal. Decide when you need your privacy most.

  • Do you sit on your patio in the summer, but never in the winter?
  • Do you have a hot tub that demands privacy all year long?
  • Are your windows situated so that you can trade glances into your neighbor’s house?
  • Are you also interested in screening unsightly objects in your yard from others–trash and recycling containers, electrical boxes, air conditioning units?
  • Do you need a fortress-like wall around your entire yard?
  • Will one large evergreen block that window-view?
  • What height does the screen need to be to block undesirables, and how immediately do you need the screen to be in place?


  •  Yew—Clipped, formal, hedges
  • Boxwood—Clipped, formal, hedges
  • Arborvitae
  • Spruces and Pines
  • Juniper

Deciduous trees and Shrubs:

  • Viburnum
  • Ninebark
  • Willow
  • Serviceberry
  • Burning Bush
  • Forsythia
  • Lilac
  • Buckthorn
  • Hornbeam
  • Crabapples (multi stemmed and single trunk)


  • Maiden Grasses—many sizes
  • Hardy Pampas Grass
  • Switch Grass
  • Feather Reed Grass

Vines (with trellises):

  • Wisteria
  • Trumpet Vine
  • Honeysuckle
  • Clematis
  • Boston Ivy

We even have “faux” rocks available to cover unsightly utilities.