MT: Great Plants For Screening
MD: You may have the very best neighbours but would still sometimes like some privacy, or maybe have an unsightly area you wish to block from view.
No matter how good your neighbours are it really is lovely to have a private space in which to relax outside. This, of course, can be achieved with walls and fencing as well as other man made structures. A more natural screen can be created using some well thought out planting.
If you are unsure which plants would work best for you, then here’s a quick guide to some of our favourites. Don’t forget, here at Floral And Hardy we offer a range of services, including help with your garden layout. With years of experience of planning gardens of all shapes and sizes, we can help you plan your space to offer maximum privacy.
You may have an ugly wall or fence you wish to disguise, maybe a road passing your garden, or enthusiastic children next door on their trampoline. Whatever it is, there will be plants to help you create a screen.
Hiding a wall or fence.
An ugly block wall can be brought to life by letting a rich, dark green ivy cover it, you’ll need to check its growth, as ivy can be rather keen, but you’ll soon be seeing that the wall has faded out of your view. Ivy could be quite destructive to a wooden fence, a better choice would be a gentle climbing plant such as Pyracantha or Jasmine. Careful positioning of trees which will grow taller than the fence or wall could also help with shielding from the neighbours.
Probably the most popular plant for creating a natural screen is Bamboo. Bamboo has many advantages: A hardy plant, suitable for most climates across Britain, they will flourish in pretty much any soil type and cope with varying amounts of light. They are woody by nature, but also evergreen and so are up to the task of screening all year round. Depending on how much you want the Bamboo to spread, pick your variety carefully, some can be quite invasive and run out of control without careful maintenance. The prolific nature of Bamboo makes it perfect for creating a screen naturally, but also quickly.
Other good natural screens can be grown using Laurels, some varieties of Holly, Ligustrum, good old Buxus and even some Magnolias.
Planting in pots.
Many of the plants already mentioned above have varieties which will thrive in pots or containers if you don’t have a garden suitable for planting in the ground. In fact, several Bamboo varieties would benefit from being in pots which restrict them from spreading out of control.
You could also consider hooking pots onto walls, fencing, or trellising with both evergreen and seasonal plants to take the eye away from an unsightly area.
And don’t forget grasses, there are plenty of tall and dense varieties, such as Pampas, Feather Read and Big Bluestem which would all work well in helping to add some privacy to your outdoor space.
Contact us today and let’s start planning your perfect, and private, garden.