There are few things more annoying than feeling that you're constantly being watched while using your own yard. Whether it's from nosy neighbors peeking over your fence or a taller building providing sight lines into your yard, there are plants available to help protect your privacy. These plants grow taller than the fence to add an extra privacy layer. If you want to address your privacy needs immediately, be sure to select a fast-growing option.
Bamboo is one of the best options for privacy plants for its sheer capacity to grow and spread. There are two general types of bamboo -- running and clumping. Running bamboo can grow 3 to 5 feet annually, and spread at about the same rate. Clumping bamboo grows and spreads 1 to 2 feet each year. The plants are also hardy and do well in a variety of conditions, although they prefer loamy soil and a growing environment with the roots fully covered with mulch. Each bamboo stalk is called a culm, and can live for more than 10 years. They take well to pruning -- cut just above a node on the culm at the desired height -- making bamboo easy to maintain at a uniform level. Beware, however, of how quickly bamboo spreads. It may take over your yard if you're not careful about pruning and removing unwanted culms.
Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon are deciduous shrubs or small trees. They reach 8 to 12 feet in height, and spread about 6 to 10 feet wide. The plants are vase shaped, so the top will be wider than the lower trunk, making it a good option to provide the most privacy screening over the fence. Space Rose of Sharons about 2 to 3 feet apart to create a privacy screen as the plants grow. Little pruning is necessary for it to maintain its shape. As a bonus, the plants provide privacy along with vibrant flowers each year. Rose of Sharon plants feature purple, violet, white, pink and red flowers that grow 2 to 4 inches. The plant is tolerate of a variety of growing...