While on my travels, I have been lucky enough to visit some wonderful gardens and parks. They are the perfect place to head to when you are feeling a bit flat. Being close to nature helps you to relax and gives you an emotional lift too.
I value green space and really enjoy spending time in the garden. It appears I am not alone. A recent survey carried out by Outdoor B&Q shows that 1 in 10 Brits feel that their garden is the most important aspect of their home. Other research shows that people are spending more time enjoying them.
Using plants and trees bought from places like The Tree Center homeowners are able to create truly private spaces. Gardens the whole family can make use of both day and night.
There are lots of ways to use plants to make your outdoor spaces more private. Here are just some of them.
The most obvious approach is to use fast growing trees and hedging plants to create a boundary between yourself and your neighbors. It is easy to find something that will work for your soil conditions. In most cases, you will be able to create a hedge that is high enough to keep prying eyes out in just a few years.
Hedged off areas
If you do not want to cut your entire garden off from the outside world, there are other possibilities. You could, for example, create a hedged off area in just one corner of your garden. That could be your patio or the area around your hot tub.
For even more privacy, plant-covered pergolas are a way to create a higher level of privacy. During the summer months, when the canopy is full, you can prevent yourself from being observed from above. This is a particularly good option for semi-detached or terraced homeowners. In some places, it is warm enough to plant vines and train them to grow over a wooden or metal structure.
The only problem with pergolas is that the structure needs to be maintained. So, periodically the plants will need to be cut down to the ground, so that you can paint the framework. When you do that you will likely have to go for a summer or maybe two without as much privacy.
If this is an issue, creating a green room out of something like willow may be a better option. Young willow trees are supple enough to be bent and tied up so that they grow in a specific shape. If you plant them in a circle, bend each one in towards the centre and tie them together you can create a living green dome. Fresh growth can be woven in to fill in the gaps. Within a year or two you will be able to sit or lay under a beautiful leafy canopy, hidden completely from your neighbors. You can easily find videos online that explain exactly how to create something similar in your own garden.