|A custom corner arbor with decorative trellis and overhead pergola provided|
a charming focal point as well as a sense of seclusion.
You know what’s its like; you sit down to a nice lunch in the garden only to find your neighbors enquiring as to whether you’re drinking a chardonnay or sauvignon blanc with your salad. Or you peel off to a skimpy T-shirt to make the most of the sunshine and the next thing you know the teenagers next door are whispering disparaging comments about your less than sylph-like body. Solving these dilemmas can be especially difficult where in-ground planting is not an option, as much as you would love a solid 10’ hedge.
|A common problem in new developments|
|This contemporary design would work equally|
well as a gate, fence or freestanding panel.
When the only outside space is a balcony, invasion of that privacy is especially frustrating. Hanging large baskets or moss lined troughs works beautifully both by providing a colorful focal point but literally blocking the view. Baskets can be hung on brackets mounted to a deck railing or suspended from an overhead support structure, depending upon the construction. Stained glass panels could be a fun and colorful option.
|Suspended screens with votives distract the eye.|
Stained glass panels would offer more privacy.
|A climbing hydrangea and|
custom trellis provides an
attractive barrier between
Screens made from wood can be built with varying degrees of privacy depending upon the style of trellis used, and can be designed in such a way as to be freestanding or anchored securely into the ground. Adding a pergola type crossbar will increase the overall height without making the structure feel overbearing. Planters at the base of such a structure can support vines, be used to espalier shrubs such as camellia or simply be left bare.
|The mural may be a little piece of Seattle |
history but the ugly apartment buildings
spoil it and the solid (dead) conifer does
little to conceal the problem.
|This colorful group of containers distracts|
the eye while the bamboo filters the view
as it sways in the breeze.
Containers are invaluable for adding plants where no in-ground planting is possible. A row of containers planted with bamboo filters a view rather than blocking it completely, providing privacy without being un-neighborly. Larger pots could hold arborvitae, yew or other columnar evergreens. Simply placing containers in such a way breaks up your line of vision, giving your eye somewhere to stop thereby reducing the impact of your neighbors garage wall for example.