Column: Create amazing privacy
Commentary by Randy Sorrell
Amazing is not the usual commentary when completing a project designed entirely for privacy. But it can be with a little creativity and freedom.
Imagine a solid row of boring arborvitae with no purpose other than to protect a view. Sounds stimulating, right? Not at all. But, what if that same vanilla hedge offered a backdrop to a secluded natural stone patio or a resting place for an elegant bench? Decorated with massive clay urns brimming with color and it begins to sound more appealing, doesn’t it?
Imagine that same secluded patio or bench, which is starting to feel pretty inviting, with an abbreviated pergola framing the space and view patterns. Suddenly the once benign/offensive privacy planting has been elevated to a destination. Now that’s compelling! Sure, it costs a little more … as wonderful things often do. The ROI is much better, too.
This stunning back yard is squished among several two-story homes perched a little too close for comfort. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Simple privacy fences don’t accomplish what the name intends so intense height and a generous volume of creativity was required. Introducing flavored variety contributes quickly to major privacy. The more immediate vase shaped height of serviceberries and redbud trees were married with the pyramidal evergreen strength of Norway, Blue and Hoopsi spruce (special thanks to Salsbery Brothers Landscaping for the beautiful spruce).
Heavy cedar beams of a pergola, shade trees and an ivy covered wood fence lend privacy elsewhere in the featured outdoor living space. Variety, married with creativity and a little freedom is the key to creating privacy that feels more compelling than a row of evergreens.
The thrilled homeowners now open their windows to lush surroundings with appreciated privacy.
That is amazing!