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Why plant for privacy? Australia has a range of hedge and tree options that not only look beautiful but create a visual barrier to lower the ease of strangers looking into your home.

Privacy from plants in your garden, be it from the street or fence line, can also lower noise barista168
pg slot while blocking the sun and wind. We’ve pulled together the top ten tall-growing screening plants which you can use to create natural privacy screens while improving the look of your home’s façade.

The Best 10 Plants for Good Privacy Australia-Wide

The following are our top picks for screening plants in Australia. From glossy green leaves to colourful flowers, there will be an option for everyone below:

Lilly Pilly

The Lilly Pilly is one of the most popular screening plants in Australia and can grow from three to five metres tall. They have green leaves, small edible berries, and stunning colourful flowers. Be sure to trim when in full bloom or just after flowering, and ensure they have full sun and fertile, well-drained soils.

Sweet Viburnum

Sweet Viburnum offers extremely fragrant flowers that will help your garden smell lovely despite their small size. This is another great option in the category of screening plants, as the shrub can grow up to six meters tall, essentially qualifying it as a small tree.

Coastal Rosemary

Coastal Rosemary is a low-growing compact plant perfect for hedges up to half a metre. It has grey foliage and small white flowers with orange/purple spots on the bottom. Place in front of taller screening plants for a very resilient contrast that is very drought-tolerant and perfect for a variety of soils.


Kohuhu are popular small evergreen screening trees, native to Australia and available in several varieties. They can grow up to five metres with a columnar shape that grows into an oval. These dense trees make for the perfect hedge with small glossy green leaves that produce small brown flowers that smell like honey! If possible, aim for full sun and well-drained soil; do that, and these plants will need very little maintenance.

Ornamental Gold Bamboo

Bamboo is a super plant! Strong, tall and quick-growing, these low-maintenance trees create plenty of privacy. Opt for a clumping bamboo variety for ease of control, like the Alphonse Karr, which will be fully grown in 18 to 24 months at around four metres. It grows as a reddish-pink colour which fades to gold and green-striped culms for a stunning look.


Hardenbergia prefers well-drained soil in a frost-free environment. This evergreen climber will grow perfectly up a fence or wall and can be trained if pruned after flowering. The Hardenbergia is a hardy, woody-stemmed climber with dark green leaves and purple pea flowers that arrive in spring.


Laurustinus (also known as Viburnum Tinus) creates a four-metre high screen with its durable, small-leafed evergreen that produces small red berries and tiny pink buds that turn into fragrant white flowers. All soil types are welcome if watered regularly with a spring prune to encourage new shoots.

Mock Orange

The Mock Orange can grow up to four metres with dense, dark green foliage that produces orange-blossom-scented white flowers. Expect it to hits its flowery peak in summer and spring, as this plant loves sunny positions and moist, rich, well-drained soil. Beware; however, these are not frost-tolerant plants!


Photinias is a range of small evergreen trees and shrubs with dense and rapid growth, perfect for a variety of garden settings. Technically part of the rose family, you’ll see small white flowers in spring with apple-shaped red fruits. Photinia tolerates different growing conditions but prefers full sun and good air movement. Once established, they only require minimal watering and are very drought-resistant, growing up to six metres.

Leighton Green

Leighton Green is a fast-growing conifer that can be trimmed into a hedge and used as a windbreak. This very dense-forming habit can grow to 15 metres high in well-drained soil, full sun or partly shaded areas. This frost-hardy and drought-tolerant plant prefers cold climates and exposed positions.

How can AMICO Help with Your Privacy Plants?

The expert garden design team at Amico will find the best screening plants for your area, and ensure you have fertile soils for the best possible growing conditions. Call 1300 – GARDEN (1300 427 336) to speak with our expert team about the best screening plants for your garden today.


Have some more questions about the fastest growing screening plants in Australia? Our FAQ may help:

What Is the difference between hedging and screening plants and how can that can affect privacy?

The difference between hedging and screening is mainly the fact that hedging requires regular maintenance to keep it in shape and avoid an overgrown situation, whereas screening is not kept to a shape, instead growing to its natural shape and size. Screening is, therefore, a bit better for privacy; however, a dense hedge will also ensure a good level of privacy as well.

How do you choose the proper screening plant for your garden?

From the best potted plants to a climbing plant that will look amazing in your garden, expert gardeners like the team Amico will help you find the right solutions. We’ll help you pick a screening plant that will grow in your area while also making sure it fits the aesthetic of your garden.

What is the fastest-growing hedge plant in Australia?

The larger leaf Sweet Viburnum is a very fast growing hedge with large shiny emerald leaves which makes for a perfect privacy barrier in your garden.

About The Author - AMICO’s Founder – Ami Bauer

In 1994 Ami Bauer left his corporate management career in retail. Not knowing exactly what to do next, he started mowing lawns and gardening, mainly as a fill in job till he figured out his future.

So starting with little more than a motor mower, a utility truck and business name (Ami-co) he set forth into his local suburbs and for the next few years Ami found the business rewarding and it expanded rapidly.

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