Privacy planting is all about utilising your plants to protect your peace of mind and personal space. 

If you love to enjoy the privacy of your garden without peeping eyes from your neighbours, consider this tried and tested method that will add to your home’s aesthetic too.

The scoop on privacy planting

Privacy plays an important role in your mental health and physical safety. So, if you want to set some serious boundaries between you and your neighbours, this is the way to go. 

Start planting these flowers and trees against your fence for a sense of privacy and peace of mind.

Why privacy planting is such a big deal

You’ve added some entertainment elements to your backyard area and cannot wait to host friends and family as soon as the springtime weather comes in. However, you may be concerned that your guests may fall subject to judgement from the neighbour’s peeping eyes.

There is a solution to this that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical. 

Privacy planting is not just a habit of the rich and famous. You don’t need to be an A-list celebrity to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a private backyard.

Plants that are good for privacy planting


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According to her interview with Architectural Digest, Dakota Johnson’s yard is privatised by bamboo trees all around her backyard.

Johnson swears by this method stating that bamboo grows incredibly fast and does a good job of securing her physical and mental well-being.




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These are great plants to have against your fencing and can provide a feeling of security against prying neighbours.

Laurel hedges are easy to maintain, by trimming and pruning.

They provide an earthy aesthetic to a yard like no other and give a lovely backyard garden backdrop.


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YouTube and TikTok couple Sabrina and Andrew Pougnet have recently posted about privacy planting. Their chosen method is planting sunflowers at the beginning of spring. These are not only lovely to look at, but they also keep any unwanted attention from neighbours out, while the couple focuses on remodelling their home.

You can also achieve this by planting sunflower seeds once the winter weather subsides.

To keep critters out, Sabrina uses Irish Spring soap grated and sprinkled onto the soil. Check out their video if you’re feeling inspired.

Also see: Growing Sunflowers in Pots

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