Plants for privacy
Architectural structures aren’t the only way to guarantee privacy, says Gallaugher. Plants make effective screens that can enhance and complement the landscape. Here’s how to use them.
Planted as hedges, evergreens provide a natural barrier. Dark-coloured evergreens, such as yews, planted at the back of a yard do double duty, serving as a contrasting backdrop for perennials.
- Deciduous trees
The forms of upright deciduous trees make useful hedges, screens and mini-forests for privacy. Pyramidal European hornbeam (Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’), ‘Dawyck Purple’ beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Dawyck Purple’) and ‘Spire’ cherry (Prunus x hillieri ‘Spire’) are good choices.
- Climbing plants
Climbing plants can soften fences, screens and walls. Consider installing a climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris), Hall’s Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’) or Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia).