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If you are looking for an inexpensive and space-saving privacy screen for your front yard, a hedge is the best choice. Wooden fences and walls also keep prying eyes away; usually come with considerable costs. Get to know 8 recommended shrubs here that form an opaque front yard hedge.

The cherry laurel is one of the most popular hedge plants

Fast-growing shrubs - growth rockets for the front garden hedge

If you don't want to wait long for a front garden hedge with a privacy effect, you can choose from the following fast-growing deciduous trees. In contrast to conifers, the following shrubs really step on the gas in order to reach the sky as high as a man:

  • Butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii) increases in height by up to 150 cm per year
  • Scented jasmine, farmer's jasmine (Philadelphus coronarius) the fragrant flower beauty grows up to 80 cm annually
  • Panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata) thrives rapidly with up to 100 cm annual growth

The firethorn 'Red Column' (Pyracantha coccinea) is also very popular. This deciduous shrub not only grows really fast, but also fends off uninvited guests with its thorn dress.

Evergreen hedge shrubs - year-round bulwark against prying eyes

If you are aiming for year-round privacy with your front garden hedge, focus on evergreen, densely leafed shrubs. The following species and cultivars have emerged as the best choices for this purpose:

  • Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus), the ideal hedge plant for sunny to partially shaded locations
  • Yew (Taxus baccata) is perfect for a durable and beautifully trimmed front yard hedge
  • Rocket juniper 'Blue Arrow' (Juniperus scopulorum) with its slim shape is ideal for the small front yard

The native holly (Illex aquifolia) is recommended as the best alternative to pest-threatened boxwood (Buxus). Since the box tree moth is spreading unabated throughout Germany, boxwood hedges are in a losing position. With the elegantly shiny, spiked leaves and bright red berries, the holly is also an appealing eye-catcher for creative front garden design.


Do you prefer the creative front garden design with grasses? Then Mother Nature has a whole host of majestic species ready for you that are suitable for decorative privacy protection. Prime examples are the garden reed grass 'Karl Foerster' (Calamagrostis x acutiflora), which reaches a proud stature height of 150 to 180 cm, and the splendid dwarf pampas grass 'Evita' (Cortaderia selloana).

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