If you want to create your own private oasis, the first step is to erect a barrier for solitude. But installing a fence can cost a small fortune. Typically, the cost can be anywhere from $13 to $25 per linear foot. The average total homeowners spend on fencing can range from $1,580 to $3,418.
So instead of spending your money on a fence, consider planting some of these trees and shrubs along the border of your backyard! You could make your backyard feel even more like a secret garden!
- Arborvitae Shrub
The name of this shrub means “tree of life” in Latin. A popular choice for fencing, this beautiful evergreen shrub can grow as high as 40 to 60 feet. Arborvitae have a fast growth rate and are easy to care for.
- Leyland Cypress
This rapid growing plant is dense, making it perfect for backyard privacy. Even better? This tree provides winter shelter for songbirds! The Leyland Cypress can grow to be 70 feet tall at full maturity, but you can always trim for a shorter barrier.
A type of evergreen shrub, this beautiful fencing option is an easy planting option. Varieties can grow from 6 to 16 feet. Enjoy small white flowers in the summer and red orange berries in the late fall.
When people think of Zen gardens, bamboo comes to mind. It is exotic and adds some serenity to backyards. It is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, so be sure to buy a slow spreading, clumping variety to avoid overgrowth.
This decorative pruned hedge is perfect for creating privacy screens. There are many varieties of boxwood, so think about how high you want the hedges to get, as well as the shape. The highest variety you can get is about 20 feet!
- Skip Laurel
Another type of evergreen shrub, this stunning plant makes for a lush seclusion screen. Skip laurel produces a fragrant white flower in the springtime. At maturity, they can grow as high as 15 feet.
- Rose of Sharon
A hardy hibiscus, this plant can provide fencing and late season blooms. The flowers bloom in late summer and the varieties in color are great! Blooms can be light blue, white, red, or lavender. This shrub grows between 8 to 10 feet tall.
- Japanese Laurel
This magnificent evergreen plant is also called the gold dust tree because the dense glossy leaves are sprinkled with golden coloring. This shrub is slow growing but can reach heights of 7 to 10 feet. This unique looking plant is sure to impress!