Indoor Plants for Dividers and Screens

Properly planned, a screen of natural greenery can not only serve a practical purpose, but also make a decorative feature for a room. Give thought to choosing the right place and the right plants to achieve the effect you want.

You can use a screen of plants to section off one part of a room from another, or in front of a window to hide an unattractive view. In general, the larger the room the more effective your screen will be. But do check the level of natural light. Although a plant screen will allow some light through, it may reduce the amount of light to an unacceptable level.

There are several ways to make a room divider from plants.Indoor Plants for Dividers and Screens

Rigid trellising can make a permanent partition for climbing plants to grow up. To make the panels stand upright, screw short lengths of battening at regular intervals along each side of the base of the panel, to make ‘feet’. Then put plant containers each side of the trellis to hold it upright. Wire can also be used for climbers. Fix it to hooks secured into ceiling joists. Open shelves can house bushy and trailing plants. Specially designed units are available with cupboards below and open shelves above. If you want to make your own, hang a shelf about 30— 35cm (12-15in) below the ceiling, then place a floor-standing unit below. Put trailing plants on the shelf.

To mask an unattractive view from a window, you can put climbers in a trough placed on the sill, and train them up wires stretched in front of the window. Or fix glass shelves across the window and use these for plants. Baskets of trailing plants hung at different levels from the ceiling also make an effective screen.

Plant selection

The plants you choose will depend on the type of screen you have decided to create, and how much light is available.

The list below gives climbers, trailers and specimen plants suitable for both sunny and darker areas.


Sunny positions

Darker areas

Trailing plants

Sunny positions

Darker areas

Large specimen plants

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