February 18, 2022

#privacy

Designing layered privacy borders

Overhead design of a layered garden spaced out with trees and shrubs.
Overhead design of a layered garden spaced out with trees and shrubs.

When developing designs for privacy borders, there can be a push to maximize land space with a rigid row of single species plants. This can work well when space is limited but compromises on biodiversity and resiliency. To help with this, the goal is to use various species of plants. Use them to create a layered structure.

Vertical display of garden layers.
Vertical display of garden layers.

Consider mixing deciduous trees and evergreen shrubs to balance winter/summer seasons. Edible native plants can work well in these edge conditions. Also be aware of the sun direction. Spreading layers out into the north side is different from facing the south side.

Using this method you can have a rich amount of biodiversity and creating a nice wall of plants for privacy. The plants grow mixed in height. This allows you to create faster lower density through shrubs and perennials, that later grows with the larger trees above, to have a comprehensive privacy that resists pests.

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Dave Lage - Founder - Ecogarden Design
Occasional ecological landscaping information, landscape designs, and how-to guides.