How to Use Plants For Screening – Our Guide

george stone garden with plants for screening
george stone garden with plants for screening

Your garden is supposed to be a private place for you and your family to enjoy without prying eyes. You also don’t want to accidentally spy on your neighbours carrying out their own business when you don’t mean to. Fences can help create privacy but they can sometimes also make you feel confined and uncomfortable in your own space. Plants can help to soften the edges of your outside space whilst creating privacy in a more natural way. This article will give you some creative ways to use plants for screening.

Do some research

If you are not an expert on plants, or how to use plants for screening, you will need some guidance to find the best options for your garden. You can start by searching online for plants that are particularly suitable for your planting area. The RHS plant guide can be a really great starting point for this. Bear in mind, however, that the recommendations in this guide will work best with ongoing advice from a gardener or landscaper.
Don’t make a mistake of getting a plant that needs sunlight when there is none in your garden. Also, don’t be afraid to ask around for advice and suggestions.
attractive garden hedge
attractive garden hedge

Go bigger

Even if you find a good deal on container shrubs, having these small plants for screening means that you have to wait forever for them to grow.

Why not go for fewer plants that are big enough to hide you from view right away?

Know your space

You need to keep in mind that plants can grow quite considerably. Think about what kind of plant is most practical for your space. For example, if you have a broad area, choose an evergreen plant such as hemlock.

If you’re simply trying to divide your patio seating area from the table area, you can opt for smaller, more compact plants.


Layer it up

Don’t limit yourself to only one type of plant. If you do, it’s possible that they will all be affected if they get hit by pests. Also, adding more variety of plants to your collection can be a good way to spice things up.

Try mixing a few shrubs, some evergreens, and a few kinds of grass for better effect.


Find the right spot

A single tree can be useful if you know exactly what you are hiding from. Maybe you don’t want to see your neighbour’s dirty garage. Or maybe you just want to be out of sight from passing cars.

Figure out the best spot before planting by moving your plant around.

Lift it up

Even if your space is limited, you can still be creative. The use of raised beds or containers can efficiently add height to your screening as well as the use of climbing plants like a rose or clematis.


Shift your attention

In the case that you want to hide a view, you can draw attention elsewhere by creating a new focal point.

Beautifully decorated plants in a large ceramic pot can be a good distraction that will surely catch your eye and the attention of anyone who comes to visit.


plants for screening red rose trellis
plants for screening red rose trellis
 Image Alt

Consider the cost of maintenance

Another important thing to consider is the matter of maintenance. Some plants are hard to manage and some constantly need grooming.

You need to know how much time you’re willing to commit to your plants.

Some Plants to Consider...

pyracantha 4921758 1920
bamboo 3289692 1920
ornamental grass 188422 1280
malus evereste
pinus sylvestris 4083922 1920

Need more advice on how to use plants for screening?

Hiring a designer to help come up with a plan for your garden can be very helpful if you still have no idea where to begin. Consider contacting a specialist such as a landscape architect or a designer for all your planting needs to save yourself some time. They will also be able to provide ongoing advice and maintenance for your new-look garden.

If you’re having issues figuring out what to do with the plants in your garden, George-Stone Gardens can help. We are a reputable garden service based in Cheltenham and we work all around the Gloucestershire area. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.

Leave a Comment

George-Stone Gardens LTD

14-15 Montpellier Arcade, Cheltenham, GL50 1SU
Company No: 8372480, VAT No: 998 5584 31

Contact Us

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri | 8am - 5pm

©2020 George-Stone Gardens. All rights reserved. Website by Cambray.