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45. Gardening for Privacy
If you live in a location where privacy is limited, you can actually create a beautiful garden area with landscaping that will give you that much-needed privacy. Hedges and shrubs are still valid options for you to consider. However, they are not your only choice. Do you want an area that will completely block off the view of other neighbors or passerby’s or do you want an area with some privacy that light can still filter into? If you live with lots of neighbors you can still enjoy your garden with a little privacy.
Depending on your situation, you can choose various plants or combinations until you reach the desired effect. Using shrubs can provide a nice dense structure. Some of the evergreen shrubs that would be ideal include: Japanese Aucuba, Yew, Bamboo Grasses, and Boxwood. Other shrubs that provides beautiful flowering are: Privet, Honeysuckle and Lilac
If you want more of a patio garden effect without the bulk of shrubs, consider vines. These can drape beautifully, provide a certain level of privacy, and create a wonderful display of flowing greenery. The Virginia creeper can completely cover a piece of lattice in just a few short weeks. Other good choices are annuals such as Sweet Peas and Morning Glories, although they would need to be replanted yearly. Vines can intertwine around just about every structure and are very pretty.
Another very popular option is what is called a planted screen. These hedges are trimmed symmetrically and line up nice and neat for a great overall look. If planting hedges as your privacy option, keep in mind the adult size the plant will reach. Often times people plant small plants without giving much thought to the size they will reach upon maturity and then they end up with a crowded mess that is difficult to manage.
In addition, many taller, denser plants can be planted in a row that would provide some level of privacy. You have multiple options and should check with your local nursery for their recommendations specific to your situation. No matter which option you choose, always remember if planting hedges or shrubs against a property line, consulting with the neighbor on the other side would be the courteous thing to do. Good luck in creating your private gardens, the final out come is a great place for you to be alone or to work on your garden even more!
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