There are several options when it comes to landscaping privacy. You have the Leyland Cypress, Emerald Green Arborvitae, Nellie Steven Hollies, Italian Cypress, Green Giants etc. All these will offer backyard privacy without an ugly privacy fence, but my personal favorite is the Thuja Green Giant. The Thuja Green Giant is the perfect fast growing evergreen for a privacy hedge or wind screen. Plant one every 5-6 feet and they quickly create a dense barrier. You can easily trim them once a year to your desired height. Left unpruned they can reach as high as 30-40 feet. They don’t grow like a pyramid/Christmas tree but more in a column style which takes less yard space. The Thuja foliage stays soft & thick all year long. They’re drought tolerant and have no significant insect or disease problems. You’ll never have to worry about mixing chemicals or spraying these trees. This is a tough tree which resists ice and snow damage, and can grow in almost any soil. Green Giants prefer direct sunlight, but also does well in partial shade.