Outdoor, Front Yard, Trees, Garden, Shrubs, Gardens, Hardscapes, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Walkways Tall tropical planting creates privacy and shade while the lush tropical foliage softens the look of the concrete building and pavers. The lignum vitae in front of the wall creates additional privacy for the owners.  Photo 1 of 10 in The Best-Shaped House For Every Climate in the U.S. and Tips For Optimizing Sustainability from Waterfront Sanctuary