Best Privacy Shrubs to Consider

privacy shrubs

How do you create privacy in your yard? A wood fence is the first thought for many people, but a living fence can be a great choice.

A living fence, also known as a hedge or garden fence or privacy shrub, is bushes or shrubs grown close together and cared for to make them dense enough to provide privacy.

This article will discuss several specific types of shrubs that will provide privacy as well as add life and color to any yard.

To maintain that rich and lush look, here are some helpful tree and shrub care tips that can get you on the way to healthier shrubs today!

Green Giant Arborvitae

One of the most common choices for creating a living fence is the Green Giant Arborvitae.

It is the fastest growing of the Arborvitaes, in ideal conditions growing over three feet per year, and can reach heights of more than 40 feet.

The Green Giant prefers soil that is moist and drains well. In addition, full sun to partial sun allows the Green Giant to reach its fullest potential as a privacy shrub. It is drought-hardy, but does suffer against cold and icy conditions.

A final bonus is that the Green Giant does not need much care to achieve its shape and as an evergreen requires minimal clean up plus maintains its needles throughout winter providing privacy year round.

Diversity Of The Juniper

There are a couple different types of Juniper that make great living fences that are a type of privacy shrub.

The common Juniper is more of a shrub, but it does grow to about 5 feet tall and can spread over 10 feet wide. A taller variety, the ‘Hibernica’, grows taller, reaching heights of 15 feet or more.

Finally, the Pfitzer Chinese Juniper, is the medium between the two reaching heights of more than 5 feet and a width of over 15 feet.

In general, Junipers tend to prefer a well drained soil that can be rocky or somewhat dry and full sun.

Junipers, similar to the Arborvitae, need minimal maintenance and are cold hardy, making them ideal as a living privacy fence.

Lovely Smelling Lilacs

The Lilac is mostly known for its large, purplish and fragrant clusters of flowers. Lilacs require more care to develop into a privacy shrub.

The larger stems need pruned every three years or so in order to allow smaller shoots to grow and keep the Lilac looking more like a shrub instead of a tree.

In addition, regular pruning is recommended to allow adequate air flow to prevent diseases from harming the Lilac.

Lilacs grow between 10 and 15 feet in height. They prefer full sun and well drained soil and are cold hardy. If you are searching for a living fence that provides privacy as well as beautiful flowers the Lilac is a great choice.

Shady Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel, unlike most of the entries on this list, can be grown in partial shade, making it the ideal choice for landscapes without full sun.

It also offers a burst of color with flowers that can be white or shades of pink.

Mountain Laurel needs soil that is more acidic in addition to being well drained. It can grow to between 5 and 15 feet tall, providing plenty of privacy.

Butterfly Bush Bonanza

If you are searching for a living fence that not only provides privacy and color but also helps pollinators, look no further than the Butterfly Bush.

It has beautiful purple flowers that attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees to your yard. It grows to heights of more than 10 feet and can be 10 to 15 feet wide.

The Butterfly Bush requires more pruning and maintenance than the Arborvitae in order to maintain its shape and health, but also provides more color and wildlife activity in the landscape.

The Evergreen Yew

There are a wide variety of Yews that make great privacy shrubs. The Hicks Yew may be the most common as it grows to over 20 feet tall, but shorter varieties can be 5 feet tall.

Yew are evergreen and can be shaped into a formal hedge if desired. A formal hedge requires more pruning to keep its shape, but all Yew require pruning for maintenance and health.

They have a wide range, from full sun to full shade, where they can grow.

A caution to be noted is that if the female Yew trees are pollinated they will have red berries which are great for birds, but are dangerous for pets and humans.

Have a visit from the Lawn Experts at Gecko Green

If you are enjoying the privacy that your shrubs are giving you and your family. Consider getting tree and shrub care services.

Our tree and shrub care plan will help you maintain lush and beautiful shrubs that will ensure they add beauty and privacy to your yard throughout the year.

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