The best plants to block the view of your fence

Many people do not like the feeling of being constantly monitored while using their own backyard. Whether dealing with nosy neighbors peeking over the fence or from a taller building facing your garden, think that there are plants available to help protect your privacy, such as those that grow above your fence, adding an additional level of protection against the curious. If you want this problem to be solved immediately, be sure to select a fast growing species.


Bamboo is one of the best options to earn privacy in your garden thanks to its ability to grow and spread. There are two general types of bamboo: those that expand very quickly and are grouped in clumps. The former can grow 3-5 feet (90 cm to 1.5 m) annually and also extend at a similar pace. Typical bamboo grows and spread only 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) each year. Bamboo plants are very hardy and often thrive quite well in a variety of conditions, but prefer clay soils and growing environment in which their roots are covered completely with mulch. Each stem is called cane and can live for over 10 years. Most copies are tailored after pruning (try cutting just above a node on the stem to the desired height) making it easy to maintain a uniform height. However, be careful and do not forget the rapidity with which all types of bamboo spread because they can invade your garden if you do not regularly pruning or delete unwanted canes.

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus Syracuse)

The Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus Syracuse) is a kind of tall shrub or small deciduous tree. Reaches a height of 8 to 12 feet (2.4 and 3.6 m) and extends between 6 and 10 feet (1.8 to 3 m) wide. Plants have a cup shape, so that the top is usually wider than the lower trunk. This feature is a very good option to provide much privacy as possible over your fence. Try to space each Rose of Sharon to 2 or 3 feet (90 cm to 1.20 m) apart to allow the plants form a fence as they grow. Just pruning what is necessary to maintain its shape. As a bonus, these plants also produce every year, lots of beautiful and vibrant purple flowers, white, pink and red between 2 and 4 inches in diameter (5 to 10 cm). This plant is tolerant to a variety of growing conditions, but needs a good watering good routine, plus they flourish best if are partially protected when the sun is at its strongest point.

Tuna Canada (Thai occidentals)

The tuna Canada (Thai occidentals) is an evergreen tree also known as tree of life. It is a good choice for use as privacy plant in cold climates. The specimens of this species can grow several feet per year, so is one of the fastest to get a dense privacy fence. The tuna Canada tends to grow in a pyramid, so it is necessary to plant specimens close together, to completely cover the area that interests you. These trees prefer moist and alkaline soils, but also adapt to acids or dry soils and usually do best in full sun or partial shade. Beware if you have pets that like to chew the plants, since all parts of the tuna Canada are toxic if ingested.

Tulip Tree (Liriodendron Liriodendron)

Despite its name, the tulip trees belong to the family of magnolias. The specimens of this species grow rapidly, up to 6 feet (1.8 m) per year, which can quickly create a privacy screen that will rise above or near your fence. In its mature phase, this tree can reach a height of between 80 and 120 feet (24 and 36 m) and a width of 30 or 40 feet (9-12 m). However, given its large size, it can exhaust nearby plants. Tulip-tree has green leaves that turn a vibrant yellow in autumn with green and yellow flowers in spring. Prefer an average amount of moisture, because it will not do well in soggy or too dry soils.