Planting for Privacy

Looking for a bit of privacy in the yard? You’re probably not alone! Privacy plantings are popular for a reason: everyone, no matter if they enjoy the spotlight or not, enjoys a little privacy from time to time. So, why not plant something like Linebacker Distylium to give you that privacy while also being a fabulous shrub for your landscape?

Linebacker Distylium in planted the landscape

If you are looking for that privacy but unsure where to start with the plant search, we’ve got you covered. We’ve compiled a list of First Editions® varieties for those looking to plant with privacy in mind and ideas on how to use them in the landscape. These plants will keep your neighbors’ eyes on your plants and not what’s happening behind the scenes!

Technito Arborvitae planted in front of a lake


Arborvitae is undoubtedly one of the most common plants used for privacy plantings. If you don’t already have one in your yard, you’ve most likely seen this plant in a neighbor’s yard or public garden space. You see them around for a reason! Their soft textured needles form a dense covering that makes a perfect screen for privacy. And they are evergreen, so they provide that screening no matter the season. If you’re looking to plant arborvitae in your landscape, you cannot go wrong with Technito Arborvitae®. Growing to a height of 8-10 feet and a width of 4-5 feet, this arborvitae forms into a lovely pyramid shape without tons of shaping. Rated for Zones 3-7, Technito® thrives when planted in full sun. Try planting Technito® around the perimeter of a yard for not just some added privacy but added interest. Check out all the arborvitae in the First Editions® collection to pick out the best one for your space.

Groovy Grape Butterfly bush in the landscape with violet-purple flowers

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly bush are fabulous warm-climate plants that also provide privacy. They are ideal focal point plants, with their striking flowers, and are great back-of-border backdrops to pair with other more compact plants. If you’re looking for a large privacy plant, look no further than Groovy Grape Butterfly Bush. Groovy Grape maures at 8-10 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide and is is coved in long, fragrant violet-purple flowers that are a pollinator favorite. Plus, this shrub will even bloom into fall when deadheaded. Check out all the butterfly bush varieties in the First Editions® collection to learn even more about how to use these them in your landscape.

Plum Magic Crapemyrtle with pink flowers and dark green leaves


The sheer size of these plants alone makes them an immediate go-to for privacy planting for many in warm climates. The Magic series of crapemyrtle in First Editions® is made up of fantastic varieties that are disease resistant, low-maintenance, and prolific bloomers! Try planting these as a hedge around a feature in your yard, like a patio or deck. Or plant just one, like Plum Magic Crapemyrtle that grows to a height of 12-14 feet and width of 8-10 feet, to provide a large covering with just one plant. Either use will provide great screening and a beautiful backdrop for your outdoor entertaining spaces. Make sure to check out the First Editions® crapemyrtle collection for more information on each variety.

Japanese Holly

If you’re looking for an evergreen privacy planting that’s not arborvitae, Japanese Holly is a must! Chubby Hubby Japanese Holly grows to 5-7 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide, forming an oval shape that looks gorgeous in the landscape as a hedge along a property line. On the other hand, growing to a height of 6-8 feet and width of 2-3 feet, Straight & Narrow® Japanese Holly grows how it sounds. Try planting multiple Straight & Narrow® together to form columnar hedging that is sure to wow. Check out this blog to learn even more about Straight & Narrow®. Rated for Zones 6-8 and thriving in full sun or part shade, these evergreens are a great warm climate privacy planting option that can be used across multiple areas in the landscape.


Ninebarks are another excellent choice for privacy hedges. If it’s multi-season interest that you’re looking for, Amber Jubilee Ninebark is the perfect choice. New growth starts off orange, yellow, and gold in the spring and is accented by petite white flowers. In summer, the leaves are a beautiful green. And finally, in fall, the leaves age to a beautiful red purple.  Make sure to check out our plant page to check out all the different ninebarks in the First Editions® collection and find which one is right for your landscape.

Panicle Hydrangea

Who doesn’t love a good panicle hydrangea? We, for one, can’t resist, especially knowing that these plants are fantastic for providing privacy in the landscape! Take Berry White® Panicle Hydrangea for example. Growing to a height of 6-7 feet and width of 4-5 feet, when planted together along a fence line or around the perimeter of a pool, Berry White® Panicle Hydrangeas form a gorgeous hedge that not only provides privacy but multi-season interest. Now that Berry White® is on your shopping list, learn more about all the benefits of this stunning panicle hydrangea. And, be sure to check out all the panicle hydrangeas in First Editions® for your choice of beautiful screening made up of blooms of white, pink, or raspberry red!

These plant types are all great options to give your yard more privacy, but they are not the only plants out there that create privacy. There are tons of other great options in First Editions®! Browse through even more plants that create privacy by heading to our plant page. There you can filter for plant type, color, height, width, and hardiness zone to choose the best fit for your space. Happy planting!

You can shop the First Editions® collection online during our shipping season and also use our Find a Retailer tool to locate First Editions® shrubs at garden centers near you. Remember to tag us on social @firsteditionsshrubstrees if you plant one of these shrubs and sign up for our newsletter for monthly inspiration, tips, and more delivered right to your inbox.