Landscaping ideas to separate your neighbor

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Landscaping ideas to separate your neighbor
Boxwood hedges are firm and easier to sculpt than loose hedges. (Isolated hedge image by Pamela Uyttendaele from

Create a border between your home and your neighbour's home to help you increase privacy and identify where your property ends. This will be helpful in the long run when selling your home, because buyers will have a better representation of the true size of the property. Choose from range of stylish landscaping options to create a border around your home.

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Hedges are a traditional way to separate your property from your neighbour's. Although they might take years of maintenance, hedges provide privacy, property distinction and a picturesque landscape when grown to their full height. Boxwood plants typically are used in formal hedge designs such as topiary sculptures and garden mazes. Boxwood can grow up to 20 feet tall in some cases. Glossy Abelia is a less formal option for your hedges with tiny flower buds and loose growing foliage. With Glossy Abelia, your hedges will become a stopping place for butterflies. This plant style grows up to 6 feet high.

Layered Looks

Layer garden plants for an attractive property-line planting. "In larger yards, planting a mix of deciduous or evergreen trees, shrubs, and perennials creates a more naturalistic look, especially if you layer plants, grouping them in odd numbers," advises "This Old House" magazine. Focus on adding colourful perennials so that your plant clusters don't look dull and unorganised because of the varying heights. The tallest plants should be placed along the property line, and smaller shrubs are best suited for the interior perimeter of your yard. Placing garden accents such as water fountains, bird baths and tiny trinkets in your layered garden helps create a sense of unity in the space.

Assorted Planks

For a nontraditional look, use wooden planks to create a privacy fence around your yard. This option works well along property lines where tall trees are present. Sand your planks and stain them in assorted colours. Choose colours that match those in your home or pavement. The varying colours and heights work as great complements to a modern-style home.

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