Hi again, Billy.
There was a discussion a while back about planting for a privacy screen at
I know that the Sunset Western Garden Book also has a huge listing of recommended plants for this use. Unfortunately, I'm on the computer at my MIL's house right this minute, and don't have my Sunset book handy.
Will do what I can to update this thread later, either tonight or tomorrow, with Sunset's suggestions.
In the meantime, how much sun does the location receive? How much water from natural precipitation (since you'd like it to be low maintenance)? How tall would you like the plant to finish at? What kind of soil do you have?
That will help narrow down Sunset's lists considerably, because they suggest every possibility for every gardener in the western states and provinces. They have little graphics next to each plant, though, to indicate how much/little sun, water, etc. it needs.
Oh, one more question: are you willing to shape growth via pruning and then let the plant go, or does your "low maintenance" wish preclude pruning?
I'm sure there will be something just right!
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9