Unless you live on multiple acres with woods all around, you are probably looking for cost-effective solutions that provide privacy. Even if you are fortunate enough to love your neighbors, you still likely desire privacy for you and your family. Continue reading to learn how to create a privacy fence with plants!

Determine Desired Height of Screening

There are several varieties of plants that you can use to achieve a privacy fence. Before you begin selecting plants for your privacy fence, determine how high you want the screening to grow. Once you determine this, you can move on to selecting your plant material. Below are a few of our recommendations based on various heights. All plants listed below are evergreens so that you will have privacy year-round!

Emerald Green Arborvitae

Emerald Green Arborvitaes are a great choice for homeowners who only want their screening or privacy fence to grow no taller than twelve feet. The Emerald Green Arborvitae can grow eight to twelve feet in height and three to four feet in width. They have a moderate growth rate and prefer full sun.

Green Giant Arborvitae

The Green Giant Arborvitae provides more privacy as it grows to be 30 – 40 feet tall! That is a lot of privacy! These plants grow five to eight feet in width and can tolerate full to part sun. In addition to their easy growing requirements, Green Giants are fast growers!

Murray Cypress

The Murray Leyland Cypress is a new and improved version of the regular Leyland Cypress; however, the Murray Cypress is more disease and pest resistant. No more bagworms! Much like the regular Leyland Cypress, the Murray grows 30 – 80 feet tall and 12-20 feet wide! Another bonus with the Murray is its rapid growth rate! This plant can grow up to four feet per year! They thrive in both full sun and part shade.

Yoshino Cryptomeria

The Yoshino Cryptomeria adds some visual interest with its tubular-like needles, and unlike the other plants previously discussed, this plant changes to a slight copper in the winter. This plant can grow 30-45 feet tall and 15-20 feet wide. It is widely adaptable to different types of soils, which makes it even more of a gem.

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