While my front yard is the social launchpad for casual conversations with passers-by, my community builder, and my showcase for cool ideas, I have to be honest: I want my backyard to be a sanctuary.
My backyard in Seattle is long and narrow. I may not live in Brooklyn anymore, but having a row-house style property is possibly the closest thing I’ll ever get to linking my Pacific Northwest garden experiences with the urban living of NYC. :)
Because my neighbors are so close, with one that does her dishes right above the lilacs to the south and a giant garage to the north, I often think about screening and privacy. Enter the book, Landscaping for Privacy: Innovative Ways to Turn Your Outdoor Space into a Peaceful Retreat.
The book has a number of ideas on how to screen your property from prying eyes, hide unsightly but necessary things like garbage and recycling bins, and how to select appropriate fencing. The author talks about the benefits of deciduous trees – privacy and shade in the summer, sun in the winter.
There are also a number of plant lists associated with problems of gaining enough privacy, although I personally would want to have a little snapshot of each plant next to the name because I don’t have a huge index of plants associated with names in my head (yet!). Landscaping for Privacy is a book, but its concept could easily translate into a blog dedicated just to this topic. I’d love to see more before/after photos of problems with solutions!