We all want a little peace and quiet sometimes, and there are a number of ways to achieve that as a homeowner. One could simply go through the pain of sound-proofing each room in the house, or purchasing thick blinds and curtains, or put a fence up.

How we add privacy to our homes is a fine line between tasteful and “old secluded cat lady.” Luckily, one of the most curb appealing ways to add some privacy while also improving your home’s value and making it feel inviting is to add privacy plants.

There are a number of options for privacy plants for homeowners, including ornamental grasses, evergreen varieties and flowering shrubs.

Flowering Plants

  • Hydrangeas – These flowering shrubs can get to be up to 6 feet high and 6 feet wide or larger. Their flowers come in impressive shades of blue, pink and even white.
  • Lilacs – Lilac bushes are a New England staple and tend to blossom in the early to mid spring time. Their aroma is stunning and their leaves make for a perfect amount of privacy.
  • Rhododendrons – Usually blossoming in early summer, these massive flowering bushes are known for their height, brightly colored flowers, and thick leaves that make for excellent privacy.


  • Spruce – Naturally found in the Northern hemisphere in temperate and boreal regions, spruce trees have relatively short needles. However, these trees can grow quite tall and wide.
  • Juniper – Coming in at anywhere from 20-40 meters in height, junipers are a hardy tree which thrives best in the Northeastern part of the US. These evergreens work best for privacy when planted in rows.
  • Arborvitae – The ultimate evergreen when it comes to privacy hedges, the Arborvitae grows in a cone-shape and can be easily planted within close proximity to other Arborvitae to form a beautiful wall of green.

Ornamental Grasses

  • Chinese Silver grass – A beautiful, wispy perennial grass native to China and Japan, these grasses can grow up to 2 meters tall and form dense clumps which make it an ideal privacy plant.
  • Calamagrostis “Karl Foerster” – Feathery stalks which turn golden brown in the Fall months, this tall grass thrives along Rhode Island’s coastal areas due to wetter conditions.
  • Hardy Pampas Grass – A stunning display in any yard, this grass features long, showy, silvery white silky plumes. This privacy grass works best in clumps as a wind break around a pool or patio.

Need some privacy around your yard? Contact our landscaping company in the Portsmouth and Newport RI areas today for a free estimate!