Privacy Shrub Types

Envelop your garden with privacy shrubs to create your very own retreat. Planted in masses along a porch or backyard patio, large shrubs with a tall and wide girth help to create a sense of privacy in the space. Many shrubs have colorful blooms that add to the vibrancy of the landscape. Some are even evergreen to retain their leaves and color throughout the year, including winter.

Alternate Leaf Butterfly Bush

Alternate leaf butterfly bush (Buddleia alternifolia) is a deciduous shrub with a rapid growth rate and medium to fine texture. Growing 10 to 20 feet tall and 8 to 10 feet wide, butterfly bushes make ideal privacy shrubs to grow along the landscape for maximum privacy. Their long, pendulous branches hold the bright summer-blooming flowers. Bright purple to lilac, the flowers grow in dense clusters along the arching stems for a showy garden display. Mildly fragrant, alternate leaf butterfly bushes grow on the previous season's growth. The dull gray long leaves grow up to 4 inches long to come to a narrow taper at the end. Drought-tolerant, alternate leaf butterfly bushes are unfussy shrubs to plant in arid climates where moisture is limited. They require full sun to light shade and nutrient-rich loose soil. Versatile, they tolerate clay and dry soils. Plant alternate leaf butterfly bushes in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hardiness zones 5 to 7.

Crimson Candles Camellia

Crimson candles camellia (Camellia 'Crimson Candles') is an evergreen shrub that grows 10 to 12 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide, making for the ideal shrub to grow for constant color and privacy among the garden. Crimson candles camellia have an upright form and moderate growth rate. Their striking blooms are red to pink in color and emerge in winter to last into spring. The simple dark green leather-like leaves of crimson candles camellia grow 1 ½ to 3 inches long. Crimson candles require full sun to part shade and moist, well-drained soil that is acidic. Plant in USDA zones 7 to 9.

Chinese Holly

Chinese holly (Ilex cornuta) is an evergreen shrub with a moderate growth rate and medium to coarse texture. Growing 8 to 15 feet tall and 5 to 7 feet wide, Chinese holly are ideal planted as a makeshift hedgerow. The upright, rounded form is dense to create a sense of privacy to the space. Drought and heat tolerant, Chinese holly trees have dark green leaves that grow up to 4 inches long. With spines edging the foliage, the leaves hold the clusters of red berries that emerge in winter. Chinese holly shrubs produce white flowers in spring to light up the garden with color. They require full sun to light shade and grow in a wide range of soil types. Plant in USDA zones 7 to 9.

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