Our home is on a corner lot.  In many ways, I love it.  We only have a neighbor on one side, we have easy access to the rest of the neighborhood from our backyard.  In the “time before kids” I didn’t think we needed a fence – I liked the idea of (eventually) letting the kids run through the yards up the street to play with friends.  I didn’t mind seeing everyone come and go down the street.  But now, with two little guys that love spending time in the backyard, I’m getting tired of waving to everyone as they drive up the street, or walk their dog, or jog by.  I’d just like to sit on my back porch without monitoring the neighborhood.

My husband and I have toyed with the idea of a fence, but it seems like going a bit too far.  We don’t want to totally shut ourselves off, just create a little  barrier between us and the street.  We’ve decided the best way for us to create some privacy is through plants.  And, because we like to be difficult, we don’t want boxwoods or laurels or traditional evergreens.  We want “pretty” greenery, preferably that stays green all year.  Tall order, I know.  I’ve been looking for inspiration on Pinterest.

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I realize a lot of this dies back in winter -but I like the layers of the plants.

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We already have our porch surrounded by hydrangeas, but I’d love to have more along the border of the yard.  Again, another plant that won’t offer privacy in winter!


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Rhododendrons will stay green all year, and produce beautiful flowers in spring.  Right now, this is my favorite option for our yard.

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Another beautiful rhododendron.


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Azaleas could be another option.

I’m hoping we can do some fall planting to get things started, and add to it in spring. Have you planted for privacy at your home?  Any advice or suggestions on plants?