plants for privacy fence in ct

If you want more privacy and a more intimate, enclosed yard, fences aren’t the only option. There are a number of hedges and plants that can effectively form a living fence. A few gorgeous green options for creating a privacy fence out of plants in Connecticut:

Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis)

This evergreen bush provides insulation against sight and sound year-round. It’s tolerant to a wide range of temperatures, making it a good choice for Connecticut. It will grow well anywhere you have full sun whether you live in Branford, Madison, Clinton or elsewhere in the state. You can get privacy benefits right away by buying bushes that are around 6 feet tall. As they mature, they will grow to a height of around 13 feet. This bush stays neat as it grows and needs no pruning. But be careful, the deer like to chomp on this one!

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)

This cold-tolerant member of the hibiscus family grows quickly to screen out unwanted views. On average, the plant will grow 8 to 12 feet high and 5 or 6 feet wide. It’s low maintenance, which is a boon to those who have plenty of other landscaping plants to care for. And, it treats you to showy flowers every summer.


This tall, stiff plant in the grass family grows vigorously to quickly provide a screen against noise and unwanted views. Depending on the type you buy, the height can vary from 6 to over 25 feet. Bamboo’s quick growth makes it a tempting choice for quick privacy, but, the plant needs maintenance to ensure that it doesn’t get out of hand. Install a barrier around patches, such as a sand trap, to keep the rhizomes from spreading. You should also root prune bamboo once a year. Left unchecked, underground runners could allow this vigorous grower to escape into other areas of your yard or even into your neighbor’s space.

Vines to Cover an Existing Fence

Do you have an unsightly chain link fence that you’d rather not see? Quick-growing vining plants can get it out of sight while providing extra privacy. Ivy grows quickly and tolerates soils that range from sandy to hard. If your soil is all clay, add some peat or other amendments to break it up. Hops are another vine that add color and interest. They are low-maintenance and tolerate a wide range of soil types. Clematis grows quickly and adds the interest of seasonal flowers in the spring and fall. Be sure to pick a variety that will grow as large as you need it. Smaller ones grow to around 2 to 5 feet in height, while large types can get between 8 and 12 feet.

If you are looking for ways to increase your home’s privacy while beautifying the property, living fences are an excellent choice. Contact us at Clean Cut Landscaping to help you choose the perfect privacy plants for homes in Branford, East Haven, N. Branford Guilford and the surrounding areas.

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