Is the garden visible from the windows of a neighbor's house? I don’t want to build a picket fence, but it’s not comfortable either “as in a showcase”. Here are some of the tricks that landscape designers use when privacy in the garden is important.
1. Dense foliage and tree branches
Suppose the garden is visible from the windows of the second floor of a neighbor's house. The solution will be to plant shrubs and trees, which will create the effect of a green wall. Deciduous trees, including hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) and beech (Fagus sylvatica), are suitable for such plantings.
" This is the right decision to hide behind a green screen or a garden view of the window from the neighbors due to the height of the plant above the fence line " , - says George Lindsey
Martin Wilson also advises to pay attention to the hardwoods: "[With them] you get seasonal changes and variety, this approach allows the light to penetrate in the winter months, while the intertwining frame of the trees provides some degree of privacy. ” Martin prefers hornbeam and also recommends planting an amber tree (Liquidambar styraciflua) or pear Kalleri (Pyrus calleryana 'Chanticleer').
2. Herb Screen
“I love using herbs to create summer screens. The garden has areas such as patios that need to be hidden only during the warmer months. Large plants or trees located close to this area will hide it from prying eyes. But some of them can cast a shadow. Tall grasses like oats, ryegrass or tall miscanthus (pictured) create a kind of screen that lets sunlight through while creating privacy. For the winter, the grasses need to be pruned, so they are effective only in the warm season. " Says Patricia Lindsay.
“To achieve the correct curb height for screening, we use herbs such as reed grass (varieties Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster' or 'Overdam') or miscanthus. All of them retain their structure in winter. When planted more frequently, they can also form an effective hedge, ”says Martin.
" If you have the space, a hedge - an excellent choice " , - says George. She advises using the berry yew (Taxus baccata), which works as a very dense screen all year round, or the deciduous cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) for such a green wall.
" For hedges in clay soils can ispolzoat hornbeam, it keeps the leaves until spring, so in the winter garden provides additional structure and looks great with frost on the leaves " , - says Martin. This photo shows a hornbeam and yew hedge.
There is a lot of controversy around bamboo, but it can make a great tall screen, it grows quickly and stays green all year round. The only problem is that bamboo roots grow incredibly quickly and spread horizontally. “ Roots are sprouting up in neighbors' gardens, destroying barns, etc.,” explains Georgia. - I plant bamboo, but only put it in sturdy metal boxes above ground level. Many planting membranes and geotextiles are simply not strong enough to hold such roots . "
Climbing Plants on a Support
If you prefer to create green walls and curtains from climbing plants, you will need solutions to support them so that the greenery creates a screen where it needs to be.
“ Timber slats are the most economical support for fast and easy screen creation. Rack trellis panels work well for climbing plants, allowing them to intertwine with each other , ”says Georgia. Alternatively, Patricia suggests a simple trellis fence that can be a budgetary way to support climbing plants.
If you don't want to wait for hedges or green screens to grow for several years, there are ways to speed up this process. “ We often advise clients to invest in mature trees and hedges, if budget permits, to ensure instant results. Especially when it comes to privacy " , - says Martin. The Portuguese laurel (pictured) is used in this garden, surrounded on three sides by neighboring houses.
Georgia recommends evergreen star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides). “ Buy a plant that is already rooted and can be planted in groups to quickly create a green screen. This plant tolerates partial shade well, but blooms better in the sun. "
“ A row of large planted pots could be a variation on a green screen. This is a great solution for a terrace. But do not forget to add fertilizer to keep the plants in their growing season " , - says Martin.
Architectural patterned screens can be used. “ Carved steel panels are one of my favorites. They are well suited for small spaces, the screen is so thin that it does not eat space " , - says George, adding that subtle patterns can be illuminated and create spectacular compositions.
" I also like vertical wooden screens, they create a spectacular architectural silhouettes " , - continues landscaper. For countryside or English-style gardens, wicker willow hedges and screens can be used.
This is a fairly popular solution. " Pergolas help to create a secluded area, especially if the site is above the adjacent " , - Patricia said. Martin agrees with her, adding that in addition to wooden structures (pictured), there are many metal options available.
Martin also advises using slatted trellis with thin horizontal strips: “These fences are great for creating privacy and dividing spaces, but they also allow natural light to pass through. In an open area, they provide additional protection from the wind. "