Plant What Where | Screening For Privacy

Date: 02-01-2018

PLANT WHAT WHERE | Screening For Privacy

As modern cities evolve, homes are becoming smaller, closer, and often overlooked by one or more neighbours. Privacy screening is becoming a major issue for landscapers, as homeowners seek to create a personal space in which to enjoy their leisure time.

While selecting for height is usually the main focus, equally important is what is happening below the ground. With smaller house blocks come smaller garden beds, greater proximity to homes and structures (both the client’s and their neighbours), and tighter spaces in which to work.

Key considerations for selecting appropriate screening plants include:
• How big does the mature plant grow, and how big is the root system?
• What water and nutrition will this plant require?
• Does it need any ongoing maintenance, will there be access for pruning?

Plant Selections:


Elaeocarpus reticulatus
A beautiful evergreen native tall shrub/small tree with dense green foliage and masses of pink bell-shaped, aniseed-scented flowers that display in Spring/Summer. Small colourful blue berries follow which attract a range of native birds. Its dense green foliage and upright narrow growth habit make it ideal for screening.

Laurus nobilis
Bay trees make excellent screens thanks to their dense, deep green, aromatic foliage that looks great all year round. They are hardy growers, capable of withstanding extremes in weather. Being drought and salt tolerant means they are also an excellent choice for coastal areas. Green Stem is a tall growing Bay variety, ideal for tall pleaching.

Syzygium australe
These tall, upright lillypillies are quick growing, making them ideal for screens, and feature fantastic foliage colour.

Waterhousea floribunda ‘Warners Selection’
This very popular Australian native Lillypilly that is ideal for a dense screen. Its lush foliage looks good all year and will add richness to any garden design. Maintenance is the key. Prune to desired height two to three times per year to maintain a bushy screen and restrict root growth.


Juniper 'Spartan'
This upright, compact conifer with beautiful, dense, deep green foliage responds to clipping, and makes an excellent dense screen. Can be used in a variety of garden styles.

Cupressus glauca
This slender growing Italian pencil pine features aromatic blue-green foliage, and makes an interesting visual effect when planted along fences.


Malus trilobata
This flowering crab apple grows to 4.5-5 metres, with an upright, conical shape. Features broad maple-shaped green leaves that turn yellow with burgundy tints in autumn. Features abundant large, white flowers often with a delicate pink tinge near the yellow stamens through Spring, making it a striking selection.

Magnolia grandiflora ‘St Mary’
This evergreen magnolia variety is reasonably quick growing and is a good choice for tall screening, and responds well to Winter pruning if any shaping is required. It can also be grown effectively in large containers. During the warmer months it produces beautiful, creamy-white, fragrant flowers.  Can be close planted for screening.

Pyrus calleryana ‘Capital’
This fastigiate variant has a narrow and columnar growth habit making it suitable for screening in areas with limited space. Dark green leaves turn a reddish-purple in autumn. Masses of small white flowers bloom during Spring. Minimise exposure to strong winds.

Pyrus calleryana ‘Cleveland Select’
A narrow pyramidal tree with a dense growth habit and attractive symetrical branching. Produces brilliant orange/red foliage during Autumn, followed by white flowers in Spring. This medium deciduous tree is capable of tolerating a range of soil conditions. 

Quercus palustris ‘Pringreen’
This columnar form of Pin Oak grows into a tall, stately tree ideal where screening is required. Features dark green, glossy leaves that turn red to bronze in late Autumn. Tolerates a wide range of site conditions, and has a shallow, fibrous root system.


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