Outdoor living continues to gain in popularity, with 64% of homeowners reporting they use outdoor areas of their homes more now than in recent years (See Reference). From urban high rises to suburban backyards, outdoor spaces are in demand. In creating a comfortable outdoor patio space, consider privacy fencing for beauty, security and safety.
Construct a wooden or wrought iron trellis along the outer border of your patio. Height will depend upon your privacy needs. Landscape the area with a vine plant such as wisteria to provide a mass growth coverage of green leaves and fragrant cascades of purple or white flowers in late spring. Climbing roses also add fragrance and colour.
If your patio is constructed of brick, consider extending the brick up the sides to create an English terrace look. A brick wall provides many design options. Incorporate a planter into a short wall and plant shrubs that will grow to the height you desire. Brick walls can also be built with window holes or arched openings. These spaces provide an opportunity to create focal points of interest---place a pot of flowers, driftwood or a piece of metal art. The possibilities are limited only by your own imagination.
Create a private patio area with sections of wooden fencing. Choose from planked fencing, picket fencing, horizontal slat fencing, stockade or oriental-style woven reed fence. Fencing can be constructed or purchased in various heights for your needs. Accent the backdrop and patio area with up lights, flowers and plantings; climbing roses add colour, dimension and interest.
Border your patio area with evergreens. Arborvitaes offer a thick, natural, year-round privacy fence. Pines come in a variety of species, from tall and thick blue spruce, to lacy white pines. Hemlocks can be trimmed neatly to the exact shape and height you desire. Certain species of rhododendron grow to heights of six feet or more. Boxwoods can be trimmed and shaped into formal hedges, squared off, rounded or paired with lower height shrubs for visual interest.
Privet hedges are often found surrounding English estates and can grow to heights of twenty feet or more. Encircle you patio with these thick and lush plants, and trim them to form an arched entry way. Add mini white lights to create a cosy, romantic patio setting. (These hedges lose their leaves in colder areas.)
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