Hands up who wants to be able to sunbake in their backyard without their neighbours peeking over the fence?
It’s the great Australian dream, afterall.
But how do you create privacy in your backyard when your neighbours are so close? Screening plants – that’s how!
Screening plants can not only provide privacy, they can be used for protection from the sun, act as a windbreak and enhance your own internal view.
So, here are our five best options for screening trees.
1) JUNIPERUS CHINENSIS ‘KETELEER
Used commonly as a hedge, they provide good height and are tolerant to a variety of soils, moisture levels and wind.
They’re best grown in full sun and require little maintenance other than a good trim.
2) PODOCARPUS SPECIES
The conifers are reasonably fast growing acting as a hedge, garden trees or even espaliered.
Their green foliage is accompanied by single seeds rather than cones creating an attractive backdrop in the garden.
3) SYZYGIUM LUEHMANNII
With a dense crown, the ornamental native produces shots of reddish pink new growth and displays small, red fruits.
They suit a variety of soils and typically thrive in well-drained conditions.
4) WATERHOUSIA FLORIBUNDA
They’re versatile, tolerating most soil conditions and thrive in full sun to part shade.
They’ll grow well in wet conditions and respond well to a good pruning.
Featuring foliage of varying shades of green, Waterhousia floribunda has pretty white flowers in summer, followed by small, green fruits.
5) VIBURNUM SPECIES
They’re really tough, surviving well in a variety of conditions without much attention required.
They’re also beautifully fragrant thanks to their delicate clustered pink, white or cream flowers.