Privacy Shrubs versus Regular Shrubs

There are a wealth of benefits to the addition of shrubs on your property, residential, or commercial. They add symmetry and structure to your property and can protect your already existing plant material. Additionally, one of our favorite benefits that shrubs can add to your property is the privacy they provide. However, there are differences between those shrubs that provide protection from outside viewing and those that are just meant to act as normal shrubs. The differences are important, as if you intend to landscape for privacy, you want to get the right varieties and correct results when growth hits its peak. In this blog, we will discuss the differences between privacy shrubs and regular shrubs, while overviewing various varieties.

What is a Privacy Shrub?

The stark difference between shrubs meant for privacy growth, and those that are not, is the height at which these shrubs grow to. Significantly higher than regular shrubs, these shrubs are meant to prevent others from being able to peer into your property. This improves the luxurious look of your landscape and will be considered an amenity by many. Increasing both your property value and curb appeal, privacy shrubs provide a great piece of functionality that regular shrubs simply cannot. Investing in these shrubs can be a game-changer for your landscape, wowing visitors.


The key trait of this shrub is that it grows strong and upright. These two qualities are the foundation of why it works so well as a privacy shrub. Certain cultivars of the shrub can grow up to 30 feet in height, which should cover even the outside of your home. Even the more reasonable sizes that this shrub can be found in are more than adequate to serve as a privacy shrub. The flowers that bloom on the shrub are typically somewhere from white to pink and can smell very good. Another benefit, these shrubs grow very quickly relative to others and are low maintenance. If you are looking for a shrub to increase the privacy of your property, this is a great option to consider.


Growing so large, this variety of shrubs can sometimes even be considered a small tree. Typically ending up at anywhere from 8 to 10 feet in height, they will serve you well as privacy shrubs. For a year-round shrub, Podocarpus will do just fine as they are evergreen, and resistant to most pest and disease damage. Triangular in form, they are great to line one next to another, creating a well-structured privacy line. Lucky for us as Florida residents, they are also very well suited for the climate. With the current plant shortage, these are readily available and can be installed on your landscape by Taylor Anthony 365.

For all of your landscaping needs, our team is well prepared to help. Beyond the simple installation of privacy shrubs, working with a landscaping company like Taylor Anthony on a cohesive privacy plan for your landscape can be beneficial. This integrates many different pieces of your landscape so your property can feel more like home.

Commercial or Residential, Taylor Anthony is prepared to help you manage your landscape by providing the right solution for your situation, call us today at (904) 230-3386.