My ‘sunflower fence’ cost $15 and added privacy to my yard – it was so easy and there are other benefits too

A GARDENER has found a simple and aesthetically pleasing way to add privacy to her garden.

She said it only took $15 to buy a bunch of sunflowers.

Sabrina, a gardener, couldn't afford to plant expensive trees or hedges to create privacy


Sabrina, a gardener, couldn’t afford to plant expensive trees or hedges to create privacyCredit: TikTok/aspenackley

Sabrina (@aspenackley) shared the garden hack with over 2.2 million TikTok followers.

“When we moved in, we started fencing our yard, but at the time we couldn’t afford to plant cedar trees or a hedge for privacy,” she explained.

Instead, the gardener turned to a much more visually appealing strategy.

“I planted a sunflower fence instead. This is a temporary privacy planting solution and cost me maybe $15,” she said.

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“Sunflowers are so easy to grow and offer a ton of benefits, from edible seeds to food for pollinators.”

“By the second year most of the plants had retreated so I rarely had to plant any more and the chain link fence provided the best visibility and coverage.”

People used the comments to share their opinions on their hack.

“So cute! Better than a privacy fence,” said one commenter.

“My husband planted sunflower seeds for his mother. 20 years later they’re still growing back,” added another.

“100% and I wouldn’t change it later lol,” said a third.

“Oh my god that’s brilliant,” said a fourth.

“You just gave me the best idea ever,” said a fifth.

She chose sunflowers instead, which only cost her $15


She chose sunflowers instead, which only cost her $15Credit: TikTok/aspenackley

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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