Consciously use perennials as privacy screens

Consciously use perennials as privacy screens

Advantages of perennials over other types of privacy screens

The erection of stone walls or privacy screens made of wood, as well as the planting of property borders made of tall trees as privacy screens are not only associated with high costs, but often also raise questions of approval or neighborhood law. In contrast, the acquisition costs for the young plants of different perennial varieties are relatively low and these do not grow “over the head” for the hobby gardener as easily as various types of flowering shrubs. While a bush, thuja or spruce hedge can easily take on a width of two meters or more with increasing age, perennials can be cultivated as a privacy screen on a relatively limited area with a width of about half a meter. Perennial plants with "herbaceous growth" are characterized precisely bythat their aboveground plant matter usually dies in autumn and then completely sprouts the plant from the rhizome or tubers in spring. However, since most gardens are hardly used in winter anyway, no extensive privacy protection is usually required during the winter months.

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Plants with perennial-like habit suitable for privacy protection

While low perennials can serve as a privacy screen in the balcony box, the perennial varieties selected for natural privacy protection in the garden should reach a stature height of 120 cm or more. However, this height is reached very quickly and significantly faster by many perennial types than by annual climbing plants because of the already overgrown roots at the site. The following perennials are particularly popular as seasonal privacy screens:

  • Lupins
  • Herbstastern
  • Cosmos
  • Feather poppy

Onion plants such as dahlias also grow herbaceous, but in most cases they have to be dug up for wintering.

Combine privacy protection issues with an attractive shrub bed

Perennial beds are an ideal way to make a garden area permanently optically attractive with little maintenance effort through varied foliage colors and alternating flowering times. It is customary to use shrub types of different heights. So put the tallest perennials at the far edge of the property border or the border, then the medium-high perennials in front of them and in front of that the low-growing perennials.


Many perennial species, such as the poppy, tend to reproduce relatively quickly once they have established themselves in a suitable location. You should consider this fact not only when planting along the garden border, but also when determining the planting distance in a perennial bed.