Shrub/Bush/tree for border/not overly dense privacy needs
Hi, I have a sparse and bare looking front yard that extends maybe 7 feet beyond the front window in one place. Because it's so close to the sidewalk I wanted to plant a series of bushes/shrubs/small trees that would provide some privacy (so that I don't feel like I'm basically standing next to pedestrians when walking past my window) without depriving us of light or making us feel barricaded (on the inside and the outside). In my ignorance, I'm hoping that there is some (probably evergreen as we live in Michigan and the winters are long) plant that is not too dense but is more expansive and feathery so that it lets in the light, more like a lacy curtain then a blind in function and aesthetic. I'm also imagining that it will not be too high (e.g. about 6 feet), again so that the effect will be a subtle demarcation of sidewalk and yard/house, some degree of privacy so we're not totally exposed, but not a feeling of a wall.
all ideas appreciated! R.