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Planting for Privacy in Your Yard
By Bill Marken & The National Gardening Association

The challenge in landscaping is to provide privacy while creating an enjoyable and useable space. For this plan, shown in the image below, we use both plants and fencing for privacy. When carefully selected and placed, plants can help screen neighbors, muffle noise, and create interest and beauty of their own. Remember, too, that plants eventually can grow much taller than a fence — if height is what you want. When reviewing this privacy planting, consider the following:

  • Use fencing for privacy. Use solid stockade fencing for a high degree of privacy. Otherwise, use a more open type of fencing with vines.
  • Create a private patio. A free-form surfaced patio with fieldstone, brick, concrete pavers, pea gravel, or mulch, gives an informal look.
  • Use a mix of plants for privacy. Evergreens are mixed with deciduous plants for screening. Evergreens provide year-round privacy, but deciduous plants may work fine for you because their foliage blocks views during spring and summer when you’re most apt to use the space. Keep in mind the eventual heights of the plants you choose. The taller plants in this plan generally reach 5 to 8 feet in height.
  • Pay attention to the shape of plants. The rounded, enveloping shape of the planting creates a feeling of extra privacy.
  • Use deciduous and evergreen plants for screening and extra privacy. Your local nursery can offer several good choices beyond what’s shown in the image below.

Privacy in Your Yard



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