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Fast growing shrubs that will provide privacy and quick screening

Gardeners are often keen to gain that little bit more green screening for privacy in their garden, and there are a number of fast growing shrubs and bamboos that can be used for quick green screening.

The one big draw back to consider when choosing such fast growing shrubs is that many quick growing screening plants rarely stop growing when they get to the sort of height that you require, and this can mean on going pruning and green waste to cope with or the possibility of having your garden shaded by excessive growth. This can be a real problem in smaller gardens, but less so in larger gardens were there is space for growth.

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Latin &
Common Name
EarmarkType & FormFlowers & Foliage
Forsythia X intermedia - Golden BellForsythia X intermedia

Golden Bell
Shrub, Hedging & Screening, Rounded - BushYellow flowers (Spring)
Prunus laurocerasus - Common LaurelPrunus laurocerasus

Common Laurel
Tree, Shrub, Hedging & Screening, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Summer early)
Sambucus racemosa - Plumosa Aurea - Cut leaf ElderSambucus racemosa

'Plumosa Aurea'

Cut leaf Elder
Shrub, Container-friendly, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Summer early)
Viburnum opulus - Sterile - Guelder RoseViburnum opulus


Guelder Rose
Shrub, Hedging & Screening, Rounded - BushWhite flowers (Summer, scented)
Buddleja davidii - Harlequin - Variegated butterfly bushBuddleja davidii


Variegated butterfly bush
Shrub, Rounded - BushNon-flowering
Cornus alba - Aurea - Golden DogwoodCornus alba


Golden Dogwood
Shrub, Rounded - BushNon-flowering
Fargesia murielae - Umbrella BambooFargesia murielae

Umbrella Bamboo
Shrub, Grass, SpikeyNon-flowering
Buddleja davidii - AdokeepBuddleja davidii

Shrub, Rounded - TreePurple flowers (Summer early, scented)
Leycesteria formosa - Purple Rain - Leycesteria, Himalayan HoneysuckeLeycesteria formosa

'Purple Rain'

Leycesteria, Himalayan Honeysucke
Shrub, Spreading archingPurple flowers (Summer)

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