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2. Evergreen shrubs. Coniferous evergreen shrubs and broadleaf evergreens provide privacy for sight lines that are lower to the ground. Use shrubs to create a low screen around your patio or other sitting areas. Planting tips. As with evergreen trees, space your planting of evergreen shrubs so that their branches slightly touch. This will give them room to grow in and will allow their branches to overlap some over time. Example species: Inkberry (Ilex glabra, zones 5 to 9), native to the eastern U.S. Caution: All parts are poisonous if ingested. ‘Sungold’ sawara cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Sungold’, zones 3 to 7), native to Japan. Caution: All parts are poisonous if ingested. Dahoon holly (Ilex cassine, zones 6 to 9), native to the U.S. Southeast. Caution: The fruit is poisonous. Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens, zones 8 to 11), native to the U.S. Southeast.