Quick growing privacy shrubs


we just re-designed our backyard last year and are looking to now plant. We were left with no privacy along the back fence. We are looking for a fast growing shrub. We live in Southern Ontario Canada. What would you recommend?


There are many, many choices that will provide privacy and interest combines with speed of growth.

Some options are:

  1. Forsythia
  2. Lilac
  3. Alpine Currant
  4. Emerald Cedar
  5. Privet
  6. Mock Orange
  7. Arborvitae
  8. Burning Bush
  9. Barberry
  10. Bridal Wreath Spirea

These are some of the more popular choices.

You never mentioned if you were looking for evergreen shrubs (those that provide privacy year round) or deciduous shrubs ( plants that lose their leaves in the fall). The above list provides you with a both choices. Remember to check your  soil conditions ( is your soil clay, sandy, acidic) as well as the amount of light you receive (full, partial sun, part shade, shade) before making your choice. The right plant in the right place will lead to success.

You may also wish to refer to the following Master Gardening Guides for additional shrub choices: Evergreens Suitable for Hedging as well as Ornamental Shrubs for Various Light Conditions

Good Luck with your project.