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Plants for Privacy

Browse the best plants to create a green screen for your outdoor living space.

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Emerald Green Arborvitae

Emerald Green arborvitae, which will eventually reach 12 to 15 feet tall, are a good choice for a four-season privacy planting.

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Vines make great screens. Clematis features large, spring-blooming flowers that come in a variety of colors. The plants are slow to mature, so for fast results purchase plants that are at least two years old.

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Climbing Roses

Train climbing roses over fences, walls, pergolas and gazebos. Try pretty-in-pink 'Eden' or the stunning, multicolored 'Joseph's Coat'. 

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Photo: Eric Perry

Cherry Laurel

Cherry laurel is an evergreen shrub or small tree native to the southeastern United States. It grows 15 to 36 feet tall and shows off small clusters of creamy white flowers in early spring. 

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