Landscaping for Privacy and Noise Reduction
My home faces a busy street and I would like some planting suggestions to keep noise out as well as create some privacy. That said I would like to keep the trees, shrubs etc. under 8' tall.
I have a block wall 3' tall x 40' that runs along the front of my property line. My goal is to create a private space in the front that in addition to blocking out noise and lookers will also be stylish and tasteful. More or less i would like something that does not necessarily look like a typical hedge while also providing the privacy of a hedge.
I have considered the following;
Tri colored myrtle
Nellie Stevens Holly
Ultimately, I would like a combination of plantings such as these while keeping the yard looking symetrical. I'm just not sure if I should plant one or two types or some sort of combination.
Can someone give me suggestions even if they are shrubs/trees different from that I have listed?