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Your private garden

Your private garden

Sitting on the patio could be more enjoyable if you didn't have the neighbors spying from the garbage cans (or the neighbors spying on pajamas). With the size of the increasingly smaller plots, many of us live closer to our neighbors than we would have liked. And although sometimes a fence is enough to block certain points of view, they are not always practical. "Fences and fences can make you feel confined and also often draw attention and let you draw what's in the eye instead of camouflaging it," says J'Nell Bryson, a landscape architect based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Instead, let Mother Nature do this work by following these tips.

Advertising - Keep reading below 1. Do your homework

Before making compulsive shopping at the garden center, read about all the options. Find plants that do well in the land where you are going to plant them by informing you about your area. In the nursery, ask about the plants that have best fought in recent years against the weather and, most importantly, read the label of the plant. Placing a plant in full sun when it is shade is a real waste of time and money.

2. Invest in large plants

Have you found a large container to place a large number of small bushes but still have to wait a long time for those small plants to hide your privacy? "When possible, buy fewer plants but in a big way," says Bryson. "Larger plants create an impact immediately. I prefer to place a single plant in a container 2 or 3 meters high at 20 small pots that will not provide the same effect in years."

3. Think about how the plant will be in the future

It is a common mistake not to think about how big a plant will get in a couple of years. "Use the right plant in the right place," says landscaper Dean Hill. "If you have a large plot and want to leave space to show an access road, you can use large evergreens like fir trees. But if you want to separate a seating area in the playground for children, it is necessary that smaller plants don't saturate space in the future, thinking that those little plants will one day mature and grow. "

4. Learn to create layers

Avoid planting a single type of species in the same line. "You could lose all protection in one season with a single attack from a pest or disease," says Bryson. In addition, plants do not grow in orderly rows in nature. For a more natural effect, create clusters of plants to create a weathered "tangle." Step some deciduous shrubs, a pair of evergreen trees, a group of perennial grasses along the entire line ... "It is more attractive, as it adds depth and dimension thanks to the different heights, colors and textures", says Bryson.

5. Plant accurately

Even a single tree can provide sufficient protection in certain situations. Determine exactly what you need to hide what you want. The view of the messy garage? Or do you want to enjoy your morning coffee out of sight of passing cars? Before planting, move around the area where you are going to plant to find out the place that offers the best coverage, says Bryson.

6. In vertical

If space is limited, consider the use of stands that provide height or use climbing plants such as a rose bush or ivy. "A vertical trellis with vines can create privacy in small areas," says Hill. "There are a lot of options in the market but you can also do a DIY with some wood or metal." Plants that naturally grow in the form of a column such as yew, juniper or bamboo also work well in tight spaces, says Hill.

7. Redirect attention

Instead of trying to hide an unpleasant sight, it attracts the gaze away from the area creating a focal point elsewhere, Bryson suggests. A large ceramic pot full of colorful plants, a fountain surrounded by lilies or bright blue wooden chairs under a tree serve as garden accents that capture interest and keep your eyes out of things you don't care to see.

8. Be realistic when it comes to maintenance

Think about the amount of time you are going to invest in your plants, says Hill. "I've seen owners climb stairs trying to prune high hedges in a quarter of an hour to maintain their privacy," says Hill. Well cut hedges require more effort to give it a more natural and informal look. Decide how often you will spend time pruning shears every weekend before planting anything.

9. Learn to ask for help

If you don't know where to start, consider hiring a designer to develop a master plan for your patio. The designer can install the project in several phases and explain how to do it in time. "A landscaper, garden designer or horticulturist can help plan all the immediate and future landscape needs," says Hill. "A master plan is like the front of a puzzle box that shows how all the individual pieces will come together to complete the big picture."

Via: Country Living US