Enjoying warmer temperatures on your property is an annual rite of Spring. Relaxing in a beautiful, peaceful environment is something Midwest residents look forward to each year as Winter finally fades away. While enjoying your space, one of the elements you likely prize highly is privacy. If you’re looking for some tried and true landscaping ideas to create privacy, you’ve come to the right place.

A variety of privacy options can meet your needs. To provide security, ensure privacy and enhance your view, utilize these landscaping ideas to enhance your Barrington or Chicagoland property. Our northern Illinois landscaping team is available to consult with you about the ideal way to bring your vision to life this year.

Raised Beds or Berms

Here in the Midwest, many of our properties can be rather flat. While this may be ideal for parties and outdoor recreation, it is not always conducive to providing privacy. Consider tasking The NL Group with installing a series of raised beds or berms to the perimeter of your property or in targeted areas such as around or adjacent to an outdoor kitchen or pool. We will bring in the soil needed to raise the elevation of the plantings and provide an instant living barrier.

Unique Hedges

Many woody, flowering plants can be planted strategically to be pruned and shaped into a privacy hedge. Our team is here to help you think outside the box and find just the right plants that will be ideal for this purpose. Using flowering woody shrubs to create a privacy hedge helps to define your space and add visual interest as well. Consider taller, upright varieties of Forsythia, Viburnum, Hydrangea, Weigela, and Dogwood.

Tried and True Evergreens

There’s a reason that homeowners choose evergreens such as Junipers, Yews, and Arborvitae again and again. For a year-round living wall, these landscaping favorites are tough to beat. With a privacy bed featuring one of these options, you’ll feel a sense of peaceful seclusion and total privacy as you enjoy your outdoor space. Consider Thuja Occidentalis ‘Smaragd’ — Emerald Green Arborvitae, which typically boasts growth of 8 to 12 inches a year. There are many other varieties of other Arborvitae, as well as Spruce and upright Junipers.


As you prepare to spend many pleasant mornings, afternoons, and evenings in your outdoor living space, look forward to enjoying total privacy. Trust The NL Group to install just the right plantings to enhance your view, and experience complete relaxation and rejuvenation.

About The NL Group

The NL Group is a premier landscape design firm in Barrington, IL, dedicated to providing excellence in landscape management for homeowners throughout the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Let us turn your outdoor dream into reality.  Contact us today!