Use plants like a pro to create a living privacy screen.
Sitting in your backyard would be so pleasant if you didn’t have to, ahem, stare at your neighbors’ garbage cans (or your neighbor in his PJs). With today’s smaller lot sizes, many of us live closer to each other than we’d prefer. And while fences sometimes do the job when it comes to blocking views, they’re not always practical. “Fences can feel confining, and they often grab your attention and draw your eye to what you’re trying to hide instead of camouflaging it,” says J’Nell Bryson, a landscape architect based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Instead, let Mother Nature do the work of screening by following these planting pointers: