Large shrubs and hedges are perfect natural fences. They can help to block unwanted views as well as shelter your home from the heat of the summer sun.
Take advantage of using fragrant flowers and shrubbery close to sitting areas and entrance ways for a full effect.
Create an inviting layered appearance by tucking smaller plants in front of large varieties.
Create a visual impact by mass planting large groups of the same type of plants together.
Provide the comfort of shade by planting a tree if the area around your deck or patio is exposed to full sun.