I love living walls or hedges. They add so much texture and personality to a space and are a classy alternative to a boring old fence. They help define your outdoor "rooms" better and block unwanted views.
Imagine these European Hornbeams over a chain link fence:
Here are a few good options for hedges or living walls:
Peking Cotoneaster. These make great hedges with a little bit of pruning. They can have that nice, formal shape.
Dogwoods are also nice:
Ivory Halo Dogwood
Or Hedegrow Gold Dogwood
Here is the Hedegrow Gold bordering the property line of a landscaping job we did a few years ago. It has filled in much more now.
Grass can also make a great hedge. I like Miscanthus Sinensis.
Get the full effect here:
Love this look. Are you convinced yet?