Fast-Growing Plants for Screens

Use these plants to give privacy from your neighbours, mask an eyesore or design a screen around a decked/patio area.

Take a look at this list of fast-growing plants that will give you a beautiful screen in your garden.


Bamboo makes a great screen. Go for a non-invasive clump-forming variety such as Fargesia nitida. Once the plants have reached your desired height, snip the tops off. Bamboo can be grown in containers, making it a good choice for screening a patio, roof terrace or balcony.


Jasmine (Jasminum officinale) is a lovely deciduous climber that forms dense cover if grown up a trellis. It has rich green leaves and white, scented flowers in summer – ideal grown near a seating area. Cut back after flowering to keep it within bounds.

Ornamental grasses

Ornamental grasses, such as Miscanthus sinensis ‘Kleine Silberspinne’ make attractive, fluid screens that are also tactile – it’s impossible not to run your hands through them. Plant in a row for an attractive, hazy screen that changes throughout the seasons and looks particularly good in autumn.


Dogwoods offer interest throughout the year. They provide more cover in spring and summer, when they have attractive foliage (and flowers) but come into their own in winter, when their colourful, glowing stems are revealed. Good for creating a natural boundary.


Vines, such as Vitis vinifera (shown) are fast-growing and will not only cover a trellis but the top of a pergola, for example, making them a good choice for creating privacy in the spring and summer (less so in winter). And you’ll have the added advantage of grapes to enjoy.


Pyracantha (firethorn) is an easy-to-grow shrub that will fill out to make a dense screen. It has creamy-white scented flowers in summer, followed by berries in autumn, loved by birds. It can put on 50cm of growth a year. Use it to disguise an ugly building such as a shed, or to create a ‘divider’ within the garden.


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