Landscaping for Privacy: Innovative Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Space into a Peaceful Retreat
The area around your home is your haven, your sanctuary, your refuge from the noise and irritation of traffic, eyesores, and nosy neighbors. Or at least it could be if there was some sort of barrier between your front yard and the sidewalk, or if you didn’t have to stare at the back of the neighbors’ garage when you want to relax on your patio.
Landscaping for Privacy brims with creative ideas for minimizing or even eliminating the nuisances that intrude on your personal outdoor space. Scores of real-world examples show you how to keep the outside world at bay by strategically placing buffers (such as berms or groups of small trees), barriers (such as fences), and screens (arbors or hedges, for example) around your property. And the helpful plant lists tell you precisely which varieties to choose in order to enhance your sense of seclusion.
If you’ve ever felt frustrated by the lack of privacy whenever you step outside your home, this inspiring book will steer you toward an achievable solution.
Wingate provides numerous options for gardeners who want to create oases of safety from contemporary intrusions. Buffers, barriers, and screens—these “practical, creative, sustainable ideas” for landscaping “an enjoyable extension of your home” are thoughtfully integrated into garden concepts. Buffers moderate temperature extremes, wind, noise, and the neighbors’ kids. Trees and shrubs provide shade and insulation, and yards gain privacy and serenity with water features, mixed-planing hedgerows, and terraces of mounded shrubs. Barriers include berms, prickly hedges, and fencing—some living, such as shaped or espaliered permanent tree structures. Screening with visual interest, such as lattices supporting climbing roses, spell relief from unwanted views. Tips on plant choices and abundant full-color photos and illustrations complement listings of further readings and resources, conversion tables and plant hardiness zones, and a detailed index to create a comprehensive guide for turning a yard into a haven.
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