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In the garden you will find a variety of different plants, including particularly fast-growing plants. While some hobby gardeners prefer slow-growing plants because of the supposedly lower maintenance effort and the smaller space requirement, others opt for faster-growing ones, for example for a good privacy screen, as a shade provider or to set focal points. The choice of fast-growing plants is wide, but there are species that are particularly popular.

Fast growing plants

Fast-growing plants are particularly recommended when it comes to setting up a good privacy screen within a very short time or emphasizing certain areas in the garden. Here is the actual growth rate dependent on factors such as soil composition, location and the supply of water and nutrients. As a result, the information on annual growth is only a guide.

Blood Hazel 'Purpurea'

What makes this fast-growing, medium-tall shrub so appealing is its tall size black red foliage and of course the typical hazelnuts. The Corylus maxima 'Purpurea' initially grows upright and umbrella-like in old age. It grows up to 220 cm in height with an annual increase of up to 60 cm. The catkins in March/April are also decorative. The blood hazel prefers sunny to half-shady locations and humus-rich sandy soil.

Chinese wisteria

The Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) is also a very vigorous plant with a final growth height of up to ten meters. He's one of them climbing plants, which develop a stable trunk over the years, so that it does not necessarily need a climbing aid. With the right cut, it can also be trained to become a high trunk. The greatest adornment of this plant, however, are the more than 30 cm long blue flower clusters, which hang close together and appear before the leaves sprout. Wisteria likes it sunny, warm and sheltered, preferably on a southern house wall.

European chanterelle / farmer's jasmine

With an annual increase of 30 to 50 cm, the mock orange (Philadelphus coronarius) quickly reaches its maximum height of about 300 cm. Its growth is initially stiffly upright, overhanging in old age. In May/June it shows its full splendor creamy white flowers, which together with the deep green foliage form very nice contrasts. The chanterelle tree thrives in sunny and semi-shady locations and in all soils. It is suitable for group and single plantings as well as for flowering hedges.

fire maple

This ornamental maple is fast-growing with a growth rate of 50 to 80 cm per year and can reach a final height of up to 600 cm. It grows loosely upright and sprawling, as a large shrub or small tree. The flowers are rather inconspicuous. However, it is all the more impressive strong autumn colors the leaves. The initially glossy green leaves turn an intense yellow-red color in autumn. Fire maple (Acer ginnala) grows best in sun or part shade, in just about any soil.

tip: Fire maple comes into its own both individually and in groups, as well as with other shrubs and woody plants and in natural hedges.

Forsythia, Goldbells

Forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia) was one of the first plants to add color to the garden. Especially when young, it is fast-growing without becoming rampant. Forsythia initially grow upright, later overhanging and up to 300 cm in height. They sprout from young and old wood. Already from April they are of luminous yellow flowers littered. They sit on the previous year's and older wood, even on the short side shoots. This plant blooms best in sunny locations. It thrives on almost any soil.

tip: A high humus content in the soil has a beneficial effect on the health of the forsythia.

cherry laurel

Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) is a very expressive plant. With an annual increase of 40 to 60, it reaches heights of growth of up to 400 cm. It is valued above all for its evergreen, large, glossy leaves and white or beige flowers. They then appear from May to June, are candle-shaped and stand upright. This plant is relatively undemanding, thriving in both sun and shade. It prefers fresh and moist soil and is highly valued as a hedge plant.

tip: Cherry laurel should only be cut with scissors if possible, so as not to cut the leaves. Because cut leaves turn brown and unsightly.

Leyland Cypress / Giant Cypress

The evergreen Leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii) cannot be left out of the top 10 fast-growing plants in the garden. With an annual increase of 40 to 100 cm, it is one of the front runners without growing rampant. It grows very quickly, slender, conical, dense, very robust and resistant. The final growth height is around 25 m. Within a very short time, it offers the perfect privacy and wind protection all year round and impresses with its rich green needle dress. It is well suited as a hedge plant, but also provides beautiful accents as a background plant. It is robust, disease-resistant and very undemanding in terms of location and care.


  • bot. Ligustrum vulgare
  • grows up to 500 cm high
  • annual growth between 20 and 120 cm
  • Growth is highest in the first few years
  • growth stagnates in old age
  • Privet grows loosely upright, sprawling and dense
  • can stand sunny and shady
  • loves heat and lime
  • loses its foliage in autumn/winter
  • the white, fragrant panicles appear from June to July
  • the fruits develop from the fertilized flowers
  • Berries are glossy black, ovate to globose
  • are poisonous and not suitable for consumption
Common privet, Ligustrum vulgare

butterfly bush

  • bot. Buddleja davidii
  • Butterfly bush grows upright and sprawling
  • Growth height is a maximum of 300 cm, depending on the variety
  • Dark green leaves are long, narrow and felty gray on the underside of the leaves
  • Flowering throughout the summer, around July
  • Form on the shoot tips and the ends of the side shoots
  • Large, white, crimson, dark purple or light purple flower spikes
  • The flowering period lasts until frost
  • Many varieties exude an intense fragrance
  • Butterfly bush prefers sunny, warm locations and moderately dry soil

Black elder

Over the years, this undemanding and strong-growing wild tree develops into a broad-bushy shrub or short-stemmed tree. Its growth is loosely branched with growth heights of up to 700 cm and an annual increase of up to 70 cm. The creamy-white umbels of flowers appear from June to July, from which the typical black-purple lilac berries to develop. Both flowers and berries of the black elder (Sambucus nigra) can be used in many ways.

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