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

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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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Paperback, 154 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Timber Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Candy
I picked up 3 ideas.
One has to do with scrims, vegetation or hard scaping that partially hides something. She had a picture of a fence made of open wooden squares in front of a bush with wide spaced branches with small leaves. The view is partially obscured by this combination.
Another idea is instead of putting wooden panels side by side, you can put every other one a little forward, enough to walk around, and also leave the top partially open.
A final idea is to put 2 matching fences, one sh...more
Alanna King
It's that time of year again....February in Ontario....and I'm starting to look out at the snowy landscape and envision green and growth. My husband and I spend a lot of time watching the show "Love It or List It" and thinking about this house which is a perfect size for our family but is in a suburban neighbourhood where all of the students he teaches live in the neighbourhood. We live on a hill and our backyard is a steep slope that is essentially a blank slate. This book has so many innovativ...more
Heather
Really helpful book for landscape ideas! I liked that the author provided suggestions for city and "I've got a yard" housing situations. Love the plant lists in the back of the book and the "out of the box" fencing/barrier examples. Not your average landscape book!
Courtney
Wanted more ideas and pictures. Glad at library for free.
Pam
Mar 23, 2013 Pam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: garden
Living on a small city lot, I was hoping for some inspiration from this book by Marty Windgate, but I was a bit disappointed. There were some good ideas like when living on a corner lot how to prevent people walking on the sidewalk from cutting the corner and walking on your yard, however that did not really relate to the stated purpose of the book. Likewise, while the book included many beautiful photographs, many did not relate to creating privacy. Many of her ideas such installing a "fence" o...more
Jane
Pages of note:

21 | Buffers: Clematis montana

43 | Shade trees for every size: Acer 'Warrenred' (Pacific Sunset); Carpinus japonica, Japanese Hornbeam; Cercidiphyllum japonicum, katsura tree (smells like caramel); Nysssa sylvatic, tuplelo; Zelkova serrata 'Village Green', Japanese zelkova

58 | Living fences: Cordon, Candelabra, and fan shapes as espalier tree options. Suggestions to use ... apple or pear trees

72 | Barriers: copper tubing bent into a series of arches can provide an eye-catching barr...more
Helen
Great little book with tons of usable ideas for landscaping your small yard to reduce contact with obnoxious neighbours and street noise. Love the detailed plant listings that have both common and proper hort names with zonal information Just finished reading this book today just in time for some serious spring planning. Now if only part of my planning could produce a sink hole next door I would have less coverups to deal with.
Ann Keller
This little book is jam packed with hundreds of marvelous ideas to give the apartment or homeowner a sense of privacy. Perhaps you’d like to screen out an unsightly view, cloak your trash cans with a living shield of flowers or form a barrier from wildlife.

Maybe a table with two chairs beside a trickling fountain surrounded by a border of fragrant flowers yields just the right touch. Perhaps a dramatic hedge interrupted by a unique gate of rustic wood does the trick. From small concepts to elab...more
Skyler
Useful, good photos, written with a subtle wittiness.
Bianca
When we stand in our driveway, a whisper can create an echo from the houses across the street. Mr. "I'm Nice" Terry over that way is just a little to much up in our business. Landscaping for Privacy would seem to be a perfect solution, but I need to keep looking for the right guide. This book is lovely, but the plants (listed in a very organized fashion) aren't exactly Central Texas natives. The author lives in Seattle, and though she writes sympathetically of mosquitoes and droughts, her photos...more
Samaire
While a good introduction to the basics of creating privacy with landscaping, it lacks the depth of topics for an intermediate/ expert gardener. I live on a busy and sometimes noisy street and I took away some great ideas that I will need to revisit and implement in my front and backyards. This book has gorgeous, lush photography that can stand alone in providing inspiration to a garden privacy project. It is not necessary to read cover to cover, but the text is short and easy to read should the...more
Deodand
Lots of good ideas here, but this is a generalist's book. I didn't see a lot of help here for people with a tight budget. There are also lots of large yards in this book. What to do about the modern urban backyard, which has houses looming on all sides? I was hoping to see more advice about siting.
Sara
Not the miracle-working guide that I had hoped it would be and built it up as in my head. I want more about fences and slopes and screen plantings and less about regular old gardening!
Catherinen
Feb 19, 2012 Catherinen marked it as to-read-print
Started reading this but had to put it on hold - couldn't squeeze it into the suitcase before my next business trip, so it goes back on the to-read shelf til I'm back home in March.
Jeff
Disappointed as it did not meet my expectations. I was expecting more detailed designs rather than the "generalities" that were provided.
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Marty Wingate is a Seattle-based author and speaker about gardens and travel. She is the author of The Garden Plot, first in the Potting Shed mystery series (Alibi, May 2014) as well as Perennials for the Pacific Northwest (Sasquatch Books) and Landscaping for Privacy (Timber Press). Marty’s garden articles appear in a variety of publications, including Fine Gardening, American Gardener, Country G...more
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