Spring flowering. Check! Privacy screen. Check! Fragrant. Check!
We all need tall, dense, lush, leafy-green hedges for privacy, to mark boundaries, and to add the finishing touch to a landscape. We’d also add wonderful flowers and fragrance to that list, and plant a hedge that makes us stop for a minute and take in the springtime scent and blossoming beauty. Here are 18 spring-blooming, memorably fragrant choices–each is over 6′ tall (many much taller)–that will add that sigh-worthy element to your yard.
Plant zones overlap, so be sure to check all plants here to find the one that’s just perfect for you. Question? Need advice for a specific situation? Comment below!
Excellent lilac for gardens that never get really cold winters. Plant as a tall, informal hedge or as a tall shrub in the back of the border. Elegant, huge, floral clusters! Up to 12′ tall, 10 wide. Full sun.
Burgundy colored foliage on a privacy screen shrub that grows fast, tall, thick. Fragrant spring flowers and purple-red berries in fall for hungry songbirds. Up to 8′ tall, 4′ wide. Partial to full sun.
An elegant spring-flowering shrub with sweetly scented blooms for filtered light or dappled shade. Plant smaller azaleas in front for a WOW effect. Up to 10′ tall and wide. Filtered sun, dappled light.
Water wise and heat loving (great near pavements with reflected heat) with huge clusters of fragrant, pink spring flowers. Leave natural or shear for a formal look. Up to 15′ tall, 8′ wide. Partial to full sun.
Yes, there are a few lilacs that don’t need as much winter chill. Produces spectacular clusters of fragrant lavender flowers in mid-May. Tall, upright and leafy screen, too. Up to 12′ tall, 6′ wide. Partial to full sun.
Extremely hardy selection produces a late spring massive display of sweetly scented, funnel-shaped blooms. Nicely mounding shape for a soft, pretty border. Up to 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide. Partial to full sun.
Tall, dense, and upright shrub with stunning clusters of pinkish-white spring flowers with a wonderful spicy-sweet fragrance and beautiful, lustrous, dark green foliage. Up to 10′ tall, 5′ wide. Partial to full sun.
So charming, fragrant and pretty but also super useful, too. Deer resistant, free- flowering, unfussy, and just fine in part shady spots. Favorite of butterflies. Up to 8′ tall and wide. Partial to full sun.
It’s a tall shrub that you’ll likely walk right by until day turns to night and the flower open to fill the air with a sweet fragrance. Tall and narrow so line up for dense, haunting hedge. Up to 8′ tall, 3′ wide. Partial to full sun.
Well, it’s a gardenia so you know about the heady, intoxicating fragrance. This one’s grown on a root stock that’s nematode resistant and tolerates poor soils. Up to 8′ tall, 6′ wide. Partial to full sun.
N. American native water wise shrub for tough spots like slopes, hillsides and coastal areas. Bees go bonkers for the brilliant-blue honey-scented spring flowers. Up to 9 ft. tall, 12 ft. wide. Full sun.