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

By Marty Wingate

With such an expansive playbook, there's no reason for dull uniformity.

Chicago Tribune

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.

Landscaping for Privacy brims with creative ideas for minimizing or even eliminating the nuisances that intrude on your personal outdoor space. Scores of real-world examples show you how to keep the outside world at bay by strategically placing buffers (such as berms or groups of small trees), barriers (such as fences), and screens (arbors or hedges, for example) around your property. And the helpful plant lists tell you precisely which varieties to choose in order to enhance your sense of seclusion.

If you've ever felt frustrated by the lack of privacy whenever you step outside your home, this inspiring book will steer you toward an achievable solution.

Media reviews

"With such an expansive playbook, there's no reason for dull uniformity."

—William Hageman, Chicago Tribune

"Readers with varying space, budgets, and lifestyles will find this book creative and helpful."

Library Journal

"Offers much practical information ... and help[s] us make our gardens just what we want."

Country Gardens

"An excellent resource for anyone who needs to add screening, barriers, or buffers to their private world."

—Debra Prinzing, Houzz.com

"A comprehensive guide for turning a yard into a haven."


"Hits the perfect sweet spot, offering property owners an array of usable and beautiful design solutions, [with] endless plant suggestions to achieve sanctuary in one's front or backyard."

—Debra Prinzing, contributing editor, Better Homes and Gardens

"Changed my way of looking at creating privacy and has certainly given me food for thought."


About the author

Marty Wingate

Marty Wingate is a Seattle-based writer and speaker about gardens and travel. She is the author of three other books and contributes articles to Landscape Architecture, American Gardener, Country Gardens, and Gardening How-To.

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