If you need a privacy for your courtyard, then you can just grow some great tall plants for courtyards. Tall plants for courtyards also enhance the appearance of a courtyard while providing another practical benefits. There are several options of tall plants for courtyards. For example, Italian cypress. This evergreen is a traditional border plant that is commonly used in areas that do not get much rainfall as it’s drought tolerant. Growing to 60 feet high, each bush is only 1 to 2 feet wide, making it ideal for narrow spaces. Italian Cypress is relatively maintenance-free with very little needle-fall. Trim branches to keep the bush’s cylindrical shape. This evergreen grows slowly the first year while it’s accommodating to its location, but growth speeds up in subsequent years.