How to Grow Vines for Privacy Screens


Creating privacy screens around part of your home garden can be achieved by planting a variety of vining plants. Vine plant varieties, such as bleeding heart and country ivy, grow quickly with deep green foliage that pleases the eyes and provides a lush, vegetative barrier between your home and your neighbor's. Starting your own climbing privacy screen doesn't take much time or preparation and can leave you inspired to experiment with a variety of vine plants.

Step 1

Choose an area in your yard that either features a screen enclosure, a fence, a gazebo or a garden trellis. Stone walls, although providing privacy on their own, make wonderful bases against which to plant a climbing vine.

Step 2

Prepare the area with potting soil and peat moss to aerate it and provide it with needed nourishment. Organic potting soil with worm castings is an optional idea that can further improve the life of your plants.

Step 3

Plant a variety of climbing plant seeds around the supporting structure. Choose plants that flatter one another. For example, choosing ivy for its thick and vibrant foliage makes choosing delicate companion plants like primrose or corn cockle ideal for a splash of color that won't interfere with your privacy vine's life.

Step 4

Cover the freshly sown seeds with a 1-inch thick layer of peat moss to provide insulation for them while they germinate. Germination can occur in as soon as three days to approximately 14 days, depending on your growing zone.

Step 5

Water the vine plants with a dripping hose line for about two hours per week during mid spring, and increase the frequency to five hours per week in the hottest months.

Things You'll Need

  • Trellis, fence, gazebo or screened-in porch area
  • Potting soil
  • Peat moss
  • Climbing plant seeds (variety optional)


  • UCLA: Climbing Plants

Who Can Help

  • Gardener's Supply Company: Plants that Climb: All About Vines and Other Climbing Plants
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