Landscaping for Privacy: Innovative Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Space into a Peaceful Retreat

Landscaping for Privacy: Innovative Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Space into a Peaceful Retreat

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by Marty Wingate
     
 

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The area around your home is your haven, your sanctuary, your refuge from the noise and irritation of traffic, eyesores, and nosy neighbors. Or at least it could be if there was some sort of barrier between your front yard and the sidewalk, or if you didn't have to stare at the back of the neighbors' garage when you want to relax on your patio.

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The area around your home is your haven, your sanctuary, your refuge from the noise and irritation of traffic, eyesores, and nosy neighbors. Or at least it could be if there was some sort of barrier between your front yard and the sidewalk, or if you didn't have to stare at the back of the neighbors' garage when you want to relax on your patio.

Landscaping for Privacy brims with creative ideas for minimizing or even eliminating the nuisances that intrude on your personal outdoor space. Scores of real-world examples show you how to keep the outside world at bay by strategically placing buffers (such as berms or groups of small trees), barriers (such as fences), and screens (arbors or hedges, for example) around your property. And the helpful plant lists tell you precisely which varieties to choose in order to enhance your sense of seclusion.

If you've ever felt frustrated by the lack of privacy whenever you step outside your home, this inspiring book will steer you toward an achievable solution.

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Booklist
“A comprehensive guide for turning a yard into a haven.”
Houzz.com
“A comprehensive guide for turning a yard into a haven.”
Houzz.com - Debra Prinzing
“An excellent resource for anyone who needs to add screening, barriers or buffers to their private world.”
Chicago Tribune - William Hageman
“With such an expansive playbook, there's no reason for dull uniformity.”
Country Gardens
“With such an expansive playbook, there's no reason for dull uniformity.”
Chicago Tribune
“An excellent resource for anyone who needs to add screening, barriers or buffers to their private world.”
From the Publisher
"Offers much practical information...and help[s] us make our gardens just what we want."

Library Journal
Many people prefer a more private outdoor living space than the traditional front porch. Wingate (The Big Book of Northwest Perennials) concurs and offers effective landscaping ideas for contending with outdoor nuisances (noise, eyesores, trespassers, and wildlife) and minimizing environmental intrusions (pollution, sun, wind, and salt). Large photos illustrate her practical, sustainable options for barriers, buffers, storage, and screens that incorporate modern plants and building materials. Wingate refreshingly suggests theater techniques like scrims to trick the eye, though Jennifer Potter's Secret Gardens provides, through historical and cultural perspectives on private gardens, a deeper look at creating mystery. Wingate's comments on vertical elements, shade, and windbreaks complement the thorough overhead elements discussion in Chuck Crandall and Barbara Crandall's Creating Privacy in the Garden. Those designing spiritual spaces should read Christopher Forrest McDowell and Tricia Clark-McDowell's The Sanctuary Garden or Barbara Blossom Ashmun's Garden Retreats. VERDICT Readers with varying space, budgets, and lifestyles will find this book creative and helpful.—Bonnie Poquette, Boerner Botanical Gardens Lib., Milwaukee

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604691238
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
406,993
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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