Best 3 Plants for Privacy Fences

  • 16 February 2018

Best 3 Plants for Privacy Fences

In a world of neighborhoods and suburbs, fences are often necessary. Whether it is to provide privacy or to mark property lines, fences can play a vital role in creating the backyard of your dreams. But sometimes, physical fences, such as wood or vinyl, can be costly and unsightly. That’s where plants come into play! We have selected the best three plants for privacy fences. With these options, you can create a privacy fence without actually installing one or merely hide or “dress up” your existing fence.

Emerald Green Arborvitae

Only reaching 15 feet and growing 3 – 4 feet wide, the Emerald Green Arborvitae is an excellent choice for smaller spaces. If you don’t have a large fence to line or a large area to fill, this is the choice for you! This arborvitae, like all arborvitaes, is an evergreen, which means it will stay green year-round. The EmeraldĀ Green Arborvitae requires full sun to thrive.

Green Giant Western Arborvitae

Moving up in size, the Green Giant Western Arborvitae, grows much taller than the Emerald Green Arborvitae, reaching 25 – 30 feet in height and 8 – 10 feet in width. This plant is an excellent choice if you have a long line to fill, as seen in the picture above. In addition to providing privacy and screening, the Green Giant can also serve as a wind barrier. Be sure to plant the Green Giant where it will receive full sun.

Integra Holly

In this particular yard, the Integra Holly was used to “dress up” the owner’s existing fence. This holly grows 15 – 25 feet in height and 10 – 15 feet wide. The Integra Holly is known to be a moderate grower, with a pyramidal growth habit and thick branching — which is perfect when hiding an existing fence. The holly, like the previously mentioned arborvitaes, is an evergreen, providing year-round interest. Be sure to plant the Integra Holly in partial shade to full sun for best growth.

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