9 Best Plants for Fence Line Privacy


Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil

Need more privacy? Here are the best plants for fence line privacy to border your yard with.

Fences are a basic part of most homes. That’s because they provide security.

Unfortunately, the way the world has evolved, there’s just no way to be safe without building some kind of fence, gate, border or wall around your home.

If you prefer something natural as opposed to metal or wooden, below are some of the best plants you can use to create a natural fence around your home.

Check them out.


Best Plants for Fence Line



We kick off our list of best plants for fence line with something you don’t see every day. Nor is it common.


Cacti actually work as a fence line since you can line them up one beside the other. And, if you hate people climbing up over your fence (including your kids when they’re sneaking out), this is a good way to prevent them.

The spikes of the cacti make them natural barriers to entry and exit when used as fences.

And, you’ll be glad to know there are tons of different species of this succulent that you can choose from. Each has a different look and shape as well as height.

Cactus plants are likewise great because they don’t need a lot of maintenance. You likewise don’t need to water them often as well. And, they’re used to getting lots of sunlight and warm conditions.




You’ve probably seen them around homes with some towering as tall as walls. Boxwood are an amazing shrub that are perfect for fence lines as well as privacy walls.

If you don’t like erecting concrete walls, they’re a good option.

With over 70 different Boxwood species to choose from you want to avoid those that are too small. Some dwarf versions only get to about 2 feet tall. That’s probably too low for a fence.

But, others can grow as high as 8 feet high. So, it is up to you on how tall you want the fence you actually get to.






Privet is another great bush that’s perfect for bordering your property for privacy. It is much like boxwood but has a different look and texture to it. But, they’re much easier to shape despite their density.

Do note that privet are not evergreens. So, they work best during the summertime. In the fall, they’ll change colors and drop leaves much like many trees do.

One of the awesome things above privet is that they attract butterflies and bees. This makes them great to have if you want to welcome more pollinators to your backyard or garden.

Privet can grow from between 4 to 15 feet tall. They likewise produce flowers which some other hedges don’t.




Clematis are somewhat different from boxwood and privet. That’s because they’re vines and not hedges. As such, you can’t just plant them on the ground and expect them to grow into a dense wall or fence.

Instead, they will cover a structure to create a beautiful layer of flowers and foliage that will make a wall or fence stunning to look at.

As with many other plants, there are a variety of clematis plants available. This lets you choose the colors and sizes of the blooms you want based on the look you’re going for.

Since they can grow to over 10 feet tall depending on the species, it is easy to train them to cover certain areas. You can likewise prune them to keep them shorter in other spaces.




Lilac bushes are yet another kind of plant that are perfect for fence lines.

These are different from hedges like boxwood and privet which look firm and dense. On the other hand, lilac bushes, when allowed to get full and thick, look bushy (for lack of a better word).

So, you’ll have cloud like layers of leaves with beautiful colored blooms covering the tops. Their lovely colored flowers, which come in white, lavender, purple and burgundy colors are what put them over the top.

These shrubs can grow as tall as 10 to 15 feet high. So, you do need to prune them to keep them the height and thickness you want.

Best of all, they are non-toxic to people and animals. So, they’re safe for your pets to run around your backyard.




If you don’t like plants that shed during the fall laurel shrubs are great options. I personally don’t like to do a lot of raking and cleaning up when it is not needed. So, I do prefer evergreens myself.

There are a few varieties of laurels you can go for.

And, depending on which you select, they will look different. They’ll carry different shades of green, have different shaped leaves and their heights will vary as well.

Some will grow up to 6 or so feet which others as tall as 15 feet. There are also those that get to 60 feet high. Of course, you can always prune them to keep them manageable.




Are you tired of green?

If you are and want to add a splash of other colors to your fence line or property border, try out forsythias. These flowering shrubs have a goldish yellow tone to them that makes them unique to look at.

And, They do get bushy as well.

This means you can let them grow into thick, dense rows to line the sides of your yard. Or, you can prune them to look like well-trimmed hedges.

Either way, they look amazing.

Forsythias can get to between 2 to 10 feet high. They do best in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 8. And are non-toxic to people and animals.

Once they’re established, they can tolerate droughts and don’t need a lot of water. So, you may not need to water too frequently unless your areas doesn’t experience much rainfall.




Junipers are unique in our list of because they’re composed of trees and shrubs. Of course, you can use either. But, what makes them distinct is that they can block out nosy neighbors if you want more privacy.

A line of juniper trees make for an amazing tall fence line that looks amazing as well. They look like slimmed down Christmas trees. So, you do need to line them up one after the other to cover an entire side of your house.

On the other hand, you can also go with juniper shrubs which only get to about 3 feet high or a little more. If you prefer something more like a fence than a wall, these are better options.


Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon is a deciduous shrub that’s actually a hibiscus. As such, it inherits the beautiful 5-petaled flower look that those plants have. And, as you would expect, it is these flowers than make this plant very attractive to homeowners.

You have the option of different colors including red, white, lavender and light blue.

But do note that they are late bloomers. Thus, they fill up that slot during late summer onwards when many of the other plants’ blooms are fading. This allows gardeners to sequence the timing of their garden flowers so that there’s always some kind of color during different times of the year.

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