Hedges provide shelter, muffles sound, divide the garden into ‘rooms’, make a nice backdrop to the border, and, most importantly, give privacy. Using plants to create privacy is not only a friendly way to keep out the prying eyes of passers-by, but it also makes your garden space greener.

1. Privet

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Privet is one of the most widely used plants in natural fences. Privet is a flowering semi evergreen shrub that tolerates different types of soil and moisture content. Privet displays dense foliage and flexible twigs, which allow the plant to be trimmed and shaped into an attractive display. Keep in mind that when you’re planting greenery such as Privet, it’s important to consider the needs of your space and the growing potential of the plant you choose. Carefully plan out your privacy screen, taking care to research the proper spacing of each plant

2. Bamboo

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If you’re looking for a hedging plant that will create a visual screen without taking up too much space, bamboo can be a surprisingly viable alternative. Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing types of grass and is extremely low maintenance. Bamboo will create a screening effect while also adding a lush and informal ambiance to your landscaping.

3. Cacti

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Cactus can be the perfect solution for hot, dry climates, and there’s nothing like the modern feel that a row of tall cacti provides, especially when used to enhance the architecture of a home. The prickly spines of cactus plants can keep curious critters out of your yard while also shielding the property from prying eyes.

4. Photinia

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Photinia offers ample coverage, as well as glossy leaves that add richness to your outdoor space. You can plant Photinia from autumn to spring. As for the planting location, choose sun or partial shade for best results. Photinia is an evergreen grown for its brilliant scarlet shoots in spring, can both be kept under control by pruning once in late summer.

5. Laurel Plants

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Laurel plants are extremely durable. They can thrive even in very difficult garden environments, including areas with air pollution and salt-laden coastal winds or even in full shade.

6. Cypress

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Cypress trees grow tall and narrow and that is one of the reasons why they make a very elegant and attractive fences. If you want a fast-growing privacy screen, Cypress can be an alternative. This low maintenance evergreen has quite a rapid growth rate of around 3.5 feet per year.

7. Forsythia

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Brilliant yellow forsythia blooms herald the start of spring, and these fast-growing, easily cultivated bushes can be sculpted into lovely hedges. It will definitely bring warmth during the spring days with its yellow-colored flowers. It is also easy to grow as it generally does well on its own. It should be planted in a sunny to half-shade location protected against the wind.

8. Edible Bushes

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For a boundary that looks and tastes good, try creating an edible hedge using trees grown for their fruits. The informal style of this hedge is more suitable for a country garden, rather than an urban space. Here we have the blueberry bushes as a hedge, but you can plant hazel, cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera), crab apple, wild pear, or damson.

9. Yew

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Taxus baccata or commonly known as Yew is a favorite hedging plant for those who don’t have the time for frequent pruning as it is quite slow-growing while offering dense evergreen foliage. It is very hardy, grows in most soils and tolerates shade.

10. Firethorn or Pyracantha

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Want a hedge that will help to keep out unwanted animals or put off burglars? Then plant a dense, prickly hedge-like Pyracantha. They are excellent on their own or, to make it a little more exciting, try planting several different varieties together

11. Lilac Bushes

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Lilacs are extremely popular ornamental plants in gardens and parks. The beautiful, sweet-smelling flowers are harbingers of spring’s end, although there are some later-blooming varieties available as well. Lilacs come in all shades of pink and purple and grow fairly rapidly.

12. Bridal Wreath

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Spiraea arguta is also known as ‘Bridal Wreath’ is a hardy deciduous shrub, one of the early varieties, grown for its mass of small dainty white flowers and arching stems that appear from mid to late spring. This wonderful deciduous shrub is perfect for use as a hedge or as a freestanding shrub in the garden.

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