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Q.Best Plants/ways To Create A Privacy Screen In Big Windows With Lots Of Indirect Light

Zone Nashville, TN | avickory added on July 22, 2020 | Answered

So I just moved to a new apartment with these crazy 10ft tall by 3ft wide windows and I’ve sorta fallen in love with the idea of filling them with a trellised plant. I’ve got a pretty large window sill, about a 1ft deep, but the trick is that there’s an incline immediately outside and some other obstacles, so while these windows get a ton of light, they don’t get a lot of direct sunlight and I was kind of hoping for something that would grow quickly so I could have kind of a privacy screen. I don’t have any experience growing things at all, and was hoping you could give me some ideas for what to grow in this space, After some looking around I *think* star jasmine fits the bill (or regular jasmine, but star jasmine seems like jasmine on easy mode), but I’ve also considered hoya and a few others (I keep the place reasonably cool, so I wasn’t sure about plants that like it hot or need a lot of humidity). Will star jasmine do ok in this kind of partial shade situation? Will it make a decent privacy screen? I’m in zone 7a and the windows are north facing if that matters. I attached an image of the two windows in question. Also, as an extra layer of “don’t kill the plants” I was considering getting a small one of these as the “pot” https://www.ecwid.com/store/phytopod/PHYTOPOD-1-HYDRO-Vertical-Gardening-System-p46985525 is that worth it? Will it work better or worse with any of the plants I mentioned? Thought it would look cool if I DIYed a wire/cord trellis off of it to. Really happy for any help I can get in service of my sunny-happy-green-walls set up, I very much do not know what I’m doing. Not married to the idea of any of the plants or implementation details above, that’s just what I was able to put together with some googling.

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Answered on July 23, 2020

I don't recommend hydroponic systems for those with very little gardening experience. They are much more complicated than soil, and there is a steep learning curve. Where something in soil will take a few weeks to die from any issue, hydroponically grown plants can perish in as little as a few days when something goes wrong. They require constant maintenance, so I do not recommend them for beginners.

As far as Star Jasmine goes- I do think that will some practice, these plants can fare well in this setting. They may never flower in such low light conditions, and they will grow fairly slow in this situation.

Here is an article that will help you to choose some things that will do well inside, and in low light. You can treat indoors as zones 9,10, and 11:



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