The 3 best showy shrubs to plant in your yard for privacy

Privacy shrubs are a great way to add a natural barrier around your property that is more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than fencing. It will take some work, but it will be more than worth it!

Do not plant invasive species like bush honeysuckle! These species spread quickly and crowd out beneficial native plants. Instead, here are the three best showy shrubs that are non-invasive and beautiful:

Hydrangeashowy privacy shrubs

Hydrangeas are a popular shrub in yards across the country, and it’s not hard to see why; this plant is easy to grow, tolerates most soils, and produces abundant blooms from blues to pinks to purples and more. Sometimes even on the same plant!

Roseshell Azalea

Roseshell azalea, or Rhododendron prinophyllum, is a species native to Missouri and can grow up to eight feet tall and wide. This shrub is a wonderful option for attracting pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds, thanks to its colorful, fragrant flowers that bloom from April to May. It’s even rabbit tolerant!

This plant requires part shade and some maintenance like well-drained, nutrient-rich soil.


Viburnum offers a diverse shrub in terms of color and blooming times. This shrub requires part sun to full sun and can grow up to eight feet high and 12 feet wide. With colorful fall foliage, showy flowers in the fall ensure color all year long. Varieties include:

  • Arrowwood viburnum
  • Burkwood viburnum
  • Nannyberry Viburnum

The right plant in the right place

Be it a tree, shrub, bush, or flower, planting the right plant in the right place will benefit it throughout its life. Each plant has sun and soil requirements for optimal nutrition and water intake to help prevent diseases and pests.

Getting your trees regularly inspected by the ISA Certified Arborists at Hansen’s Tree Service will help keep your trees healthy and spot problems early. If a problem is spotted, your arborist will give you treatment recommendations.

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