Want a little more privacy for your backyard? We’ve got you covered!

Whether you’ve moved into a new build home or you just want a little more privacy in your backyard, we’ve got four plants that should help your space feel a little more secluded. Plus these plants offer incredible habitat for wildlife!

Common Juniper

Zones: 4

This incredible shrub grows all over Canada from British Columbia to Newfoundland to the Arctic! While it might not flower like some of the other plants on this list, it makes up for that with both its hardiness and just how attractive it is to birds. This shrub is tolerant of salt and that comes in handy when the city whizzes by to salt the roads and sidewalks. Moreover, birds love to use the Common Juniper for shelter so don’t be surprised if you spot an American Robin, Eastern Bluebird, Purple Finch or Northern Flicker on your property thanks to this plant. At full height, the Common Juniper can reach 2.5 metres, making it an ideal shrub to grow along property lines!

American Cranberrybush

Zones: 2-7

If you’re looking for a statement bush, look no further than the American Cranberrybush. This shrub can grow up to 2.5 metres tall and three metres wide! Its red berries appear in the summer and it keeps its berries right through the winter (unless of course they are gobbled up by hungry birds!). Songbirds enjoy noshing on these berries and as a bonus, this bush is a larval host for the Spring Azure Moth!


Zones: 2

Want a shrub with some heft to it? Look no further than the Nannyberry which can grow up to 10 metres in height! While it might keep nosy neighbours out of your yard, it’ll certainly do its best to keep wonderful birds and pollinators in your yard. In the summer months, this shrub reveals white fragrant flowers attracting all sorts of butterflies and moths. The Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, for example, which is often mistaken for a hummingbird, uses this shrub to survive the caterpillar stage. As autumn approaches, the Nannyberry will produce dark blue berries that attract Northern Cardinals, American Robins and Cedar Waxwings.

Black Chokeberry

Zones: 3-9

This large shrub, which can grow up to nearly two metres tall and over three metres wide, is an easy plant to grow. It doesn’t need much maintenance and it’s happy in full sun or partial shade. While you might be tempted to pick Black Chokeberries for your jams and jellies, the birds in your neck of the woods will thank you if you leave them alone. So many bird species adore Black Chockberries including American Robins, Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flickers, Hairy Woodpeckers and more!