Arborvitae landscaping ideas include creative ways to help you decide how to use Arborvitae to cater to your privacy and beauty concerns. If you live somewhere where deer are common, for example, you might want to avoid certain species of this plant.

21 Simple and Creative Arborvitae Landscaping Ideas

Arborvitae is not the best-smelling plant ever, but it is bound to tick the rest of the boxes you are looking for. Look into these ideas and then decide on the ones you want to go with.

21 Best Arborvitae Landscaping Ideas

1. Use It as a Privacy Screen

Arborvitae is a favorite because of its dense volume and growth rate. You will be able to see fantastic results within a couple of years of planting the tree, and because of this, it can be used as a privacy fence – one could say it is practically a living wall.

Use It as a Privacy Screen

It is important not to concentrate the seeds in one place as they need room to spread out. Arborvitae alone is enough to provide you with the privacy that you require while enhancing the beauty of your space.

2. Add It to Your Walkway

Arborvitae would be a great addition to your walkways. Create a welcoming entrance for your guests by adding it to your walkways, the means by which you can do this are multiple:

Add It to Your Walkway

It can be as simple as placing it on each end of the path or as dramatic as having a series of it along both sides of your walkway. The possibilities of using Arborvitae in your landscape design are endless. It all depends on your sense of aesthetics!

3. Windbreakers 

Arborvitaes are not only successful privacy hedges but are also great windbreakers. Create the windbreak feature by planting the trees perpendicular to the frequently occurring winds. This also has the added benefit of protecting other plants that you may have from the wind. 


4. Landscaping Accents


Mostly Arborvitae is planted in a series to form a privacy hedge, but they also make great landscaping accents standing alone. Its tall types would make an attractive centerpiece in the middle of the garden, while the shorter types are ideal for sculptural accents.

Landscaping Accents

5. Use Arborvitae to Hide Unattractive Structures

Arborvitaes, because of their dense volume and great height, are the best way to hide unattractive structures around your home. Use the plant to cover rustic fences, uneven rock walls, etc. Add colorful flowers of your choice to compliment the green shrubs of the Arborvitae.

Use Arborvitae to Hide Unattractive Structures

6. Make Spiral Topiary Using Emerald Green Arborvitae

Add a personalized touch to your landscape with Emerald Green Arborvitaes. This particular specie of Arborvitae is 8 to 12 feet tall, up to 3 feet wide, and has dense green foliage that remains throughout the year. 

Make Spiral Topiary Using Emerald Green Arborvitae

Sculpting the evergreen shrubs into a spiral topiary is a great idea if you do not want to use it as it is. The topiary can be placed anywhere in your garden, as it is resistant to both dry and cold spells, but placing it at your entrance is going to grab everyone’s attention for sure. 

7. Use Dwarf Golden 

These Thuja Occidentalis golden-yellow plants are going to brighten your outdoor space. Plant them in places that otherwise do not get enough light and watch them add a burst of sunshine ot your garden.

Use Dwarf Golden

You can plant them in containers for an even look, for bordering purposes, and even along your driveway or walkway. Use them as hedges and save yourself from all of the thinking. 

8. Anna’s Magical Ball for Your Small Garden

Save yourself from all the hassle and add this cute, bright-yellow, little sphere to your small gardens. These low-maintenance shrubs look fantastic on their own. Add perennials as companion plants to further enhance the shrub’s presence. 

Anna’s Magical Ball for Your Small Garden

9. Giant Green Arborvitae Hedges

Green Giant Arborvitaes are 40 to 60 feet tall, 12 to 18 feet wide, fast-growing, strong, firm-rooted, evergreen trees making them the best choice to be used as hedges. The dense, lacy textured foliage makes them all the more attractive.

Giant Green Arborvitae Hedges

Place them 5 feet apart for a quick and dense hedge. Landscaping in front of Arborvitae isn’t an option anymore as the tree covers all the aspects, i.e., privacy, glamour, etc.

10. Use Danica Globe in Pots 

Shrubs do not necessarily have to be planted in the ground for them to get the attraction. Sometimes potted plants are the only elements needed by your landscape.

Use Danica Globe in Pots

Potted Danica Globe can be placed wherever you may please. They look particularly good in small places because of their small size. Add them to your rock gardens to make their presence more prominent. Paint the pots according to your taste to give them a more beautiful look. 

11. Mixed Arborvitae Borders

The good thing about Arborvitae is that it comes in all shapes and sizes. You don’t have to have them all of the same size and shape, a little mix and match is a great idea too. Use tall Arborvitae like the Green Giant and small Arborvitae shrubs like Tater Tot to give your space an artistic look. 

Mixed Arborvitae Borders

12. Use Whipcord Arborvitae for Your Sitting Area

Make your backyard, or even front yard, sitting area bright and attractive with Whipcord Arborvitae. The dense, shrub reaches a maximum height of five feet which makes it perfect to be used as a companion plant, and even on its own. Adjust the number of shrubs according to the space you have available. 

Use Whipcord Arborvitae for Your Sitting Area

13. Add Color to Your Front Door Entrance With Firechief

Give your dull front door entrance the perfect welcoming color with Firechief. It alone is enough to add glamour to your space but to bring out its color, even more, it would be best to add some other colored shrubs as companion plants. 

Add Color to Your Front Door Entrance With Firechief

Firechief is a low-maintenance shrub, that requires no pruning to hold its shape. Its ever changing foliage makes sure that the place remains the center of attraction. 

14. Create Corridors With American Arborvitae

Use American Arborvitae to create corridors and give your ordinary-looking space a dramatic look. The narrow, conical-shaped, lush green plants may not look as tall when planted, but once they are fully mature, they make beautiful corridors for any path. Its foliage turns to brownish tones of green as autumn arrives, giving your corridors fit for fall season. 

Create Corridors With American Arborvitae

15. Disguise Your Pools With North Pole

North Pole Arborvitaes are 10 to 15 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide trees, making them ideal for creating a privacy screen around your swimming pools. Furthermore, The evergreen, lush foliage is going to create a cooling atmosphere for you and your family to enjoy in the summertime. 

Disguise Your Pools With North Pole

16. Little Simon Hedge

Little Simon is a great choice for a compact hedge. The plant is going to give your dull space a beautiful look with its evergreen foliage. Plant them in containers and place them on the borders of your wooden patios to give a visually pleasing effect. 

Little Simon Hedge

17. Create a Private Study Area 

Create your perfect private study area with tall arborvitaes like North Pole, American Arborvitae, etc. The tall trees are going to block the unnecessary sounds and distractions while you have your study time. The green foliage is going to create the perfect soothing atmosphere. 

Create a Private Study Area

18. Add Arborvitae Shrubs to Your River Beds

The river beds alone look quite dull and boring. Arborvitae shrubs alongside the river beds is going to give your home a desert-like feel. The green shrubs are low maintenance, requiring a little pruning at the start. The artificially created river beds enhance the beauty of the shrubs. 

Add Arborvitae Shrubs to Your River Beds

19. Raised Arbovitae Garden Bed for Sloped Landscape

We often fall short of ideas when it comes to slope landscapes. The best way to utilize the maximum space is to create a raised garden bed and add arborvitae shrubs like the Danica Globe. 

Raised Arbovitae Garden Bed for Sloped Landscape


20. Use Tall Arborvitaes To Create a Solid Color Background for Your Water Feature

Make your unattractive water features pop with tall Arborvitaes like North Pole and Green Giant to create a solid green background. The tall and dense trees form a wall-like background that can make any any of your ordinary landscape elements more prominent. 

Use Tall Arborvitaes To Create a Solid Color Background for Your Water Feature

21. Create Formal Garden Designs

Make formal garden designs with Arborvitae trees or shrubs, depending on the height you have in mind for the design. The garden design can be however you want.

Create Formal Garden Designs

You can create them to give the impression of a maze, and you can even make a star-shaped design with a water feature as the focal point. What better way to distinguish your landscape from the rest?


In this article, we have listed some fun ways to use Arborvitae in your landscape. It is an all-in-one solution to your concerns, from privacy to beauty. Always remember the pros and cons of whatever idea or form you choose. After giving our guide a read, which idea would you like to go with?

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