Screening Plants for Terrace Gardens

Written by julia margaret
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Screening Plants for Terrace Gardens
Many vines can grow up a terrace wall. (Ron Levine/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Apartment dwellers may find privacy hard to come by. One way of protecting your privacy on the terrace is with plants that do double duty as privacy screens. Many plants serve this purpose while providing attractive foliage or flowers. Create your own oasis with lush, tall potted plants and enjoy entertaining without the prying eyes of your neighbours.

Heavenly Bamboo

Heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica) grows 4 feet to 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide. This evergreen shrub, which is not a true bamboo, derives its common name from its tall, cane-like graceful stems. It does well in containers and provides a dense screen for privacy on the terrace. The bright green leaves turn crimson in fall. Heavenly bamboo requires sun or partial shade but does best if protected from late afternoon sun. It produces red berries with a low toxicity to cats.

Buddhist Pine

Buddhist pine (Podocarpus macrophyllus), a woody evergreen, grows dark green to nearly black foliage. It reaches a height of 8 feet and a width of 3 feet. Its dense foliage provides a privacy screen on terraces. This easy-to-maintain plant requires high to medium light. It likes average to cool temperatures, therefore, if it gets overly hot on the terrace, bring it indoors until temperatures drop. This is a slow-growing plant, so it's best to purchase a large plant for privacy purposes.

America Rose

America rose (Rosa 'JACclam'), a climbing rose, can be trained to a trellis placed in a container on a terrace. America rose climbs 10 to 12 feet high. The colours of this rose range from pink to salmon and coral. It grows double blooms with a spicy clove fragrance and blooms summer through fall. Frequent pruning keeps this climbing rose under control and encourages flower growth.

Coral Honeysuckle

Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) planted in a container provides privacy on a terrace. This perennial woody vine produces clusters of tubular flowers with a sweet fragrance. Easily trained to a trellis, coral honeysuckle needs pruning to keep it under control. It requires full sun to partial shade. This vine performs especially well in the southern states, but also grows elsewhere.

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