En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Friday - June 06, 2008

From: Dallas, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Privacy Screening
Title: Shrubs for privacy screening in Dallas
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

We have a small yard in Dallas with a four foot chainlink fence. Our neighbor has positioned his patio furniture to face our backyard. What kind of Texas native shrubs can we plant near our fence to provide some privacy?

ANSWER:

Here are several suggestions, both evergreen and deciduous.

Evergreen:

Morella cerifera (wax myrtle)

Ilex vomitoria (yaupon)

Sabal minor (dwarf palmetto)

Lonicera sempervirens (trumpet honeysuckle), a vine

Deciduous:

Callicarpa americana (American beautyberry)

Cornus drummondii (roughleaf dogwood)

Frangula caroliniana (Carolina buckthorn)

Ilex decidua (possumhaw)

Lonicera albiflora (western white honeysuckle), sometimes vine-like

Symphoricarpos orbiculatus (coralberry)

Lonicera sempervirens (trumpet honeysuckle)


Morella cerifera

Ilex vomitoria

Sabal minor

Lonicera sempervirens

Callicarpa americana

Cornus drummondii

Frangula caroliniana

Ilex decidua

Lonicera albiflora

Symphoricarpos orbiculatus
 

More Privacy Screening Questions

Neat and tidy, poolside in Austin Texas.
December 01, 2010 - I have a small section between our pool and fence (approx 3 feet wide). I would like to plant something native that obscures the fence but does not create a mess for the pool. The area gets sun most...
view the full question and answer

Plant for privacy hedge in Oklahoma that is not poisonous to dogs
April 01, 2012 - Hello! I am looking to put a privacy hedge fence in my yard. I love the look of American Holly, however, I have a dog who eats everything so I worry that this will not be a wise choice with the b...
view the full question and answer

Evergreen for privacy screen in Virginia
December 02, 2008 - Last year we lost a large pine that was part of privacy screen and we replaced it with two Eastern red cedars. There is still a substantial gap that won't be filled in by the cedars and we were cons...
view the full question and answer

Privacy hedge that can be trimmed
June 06, 2011 - Please help us find a screening plant or tree (preferably native and evergreen with flowering and/or berries) which is non-invasive, not a vine, at least six feet tall if not taller, which can be easi...
view the full question and answer

Privacy screen for Rockwall, TX
April 23, 2009 - Dallas area privacy screen recommendations. I have about 125ft of wrought iron fence between my yard and the neighbor's and a drainage pipe that runs along the fence. The neighbor's property sits u...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center