We are in the final stages of planning our garden. I have mentioned on the blog before that our yard is the size of a postage stamp. In addition to the obvious space constraints of a small yard, one not so obvious downside of a small city yard is the lack of privacy. The building behind us looks directly into our yard, and we get a view of their “roof deck” (i.e. the unfenced roof over a garage that can only be accessed through a window). Needless to say, we would like to look at something more calming than the neighbor’s makeshift deck, and we would like to avoid feeling like we are living in a fish bowl.
Since building a 10 foot high fence is not an option – we would never get it through the permitting department – we have been looking for plants that would provide a bit of privacy for our yard. After looking around, there are some excellent choices out there.
I love the traditional look of cypress trees and hedges. The Italian cypress below would do nicely. I especially like the idea of adding colorful flowers at the base.
Image courtesy of marshalltreesandnursery.com
The Willow Hybrid below provides a virtual wall, and apparently grows six feet in a year.
Image courtesy of Fast Growing Trees
The Columar Hornbeam Trees below provide a nice alternative if you have a presentable fence behind them.
Image courtesy of Houzz.com
I also love the look of the horsetail grass below. And, I especially like that it can do well in planters – critical for city-dwellers with more patio than garden. Unfortunately it is not quite tall enough for our space.
Image courtesy of decorwithzest.com
I am not sure what our final decision will be, but it is nice to know there are a lot of great choices out there.