The garden is a wonderful invention. It brings us the unique joy that comes with being outdoors and close to nature while still allowing us to feel very much at home.
If you’re a serious gardener, you’re likely already aware of the physical and psychological benefits that come with tending to your beloved garden. Proximity to nature is a proven mood booster that can work wonders in combating Seasonal Affective Disorder if you live in a part of the world that’s getting cold, dark and miserable around this time of year.
If you’re lucky enough to work from home as a blogger, graphic designer or other creative taking a few moments to tinker in the garden can aid concentration while the humble majesty of nature is never shy when it comes to providing a hint of inspiration.
While your garden is a gift that never stops giving there are times when you want to enjoy it in privacy away from the prying eyes of neighbours. Doing this practically without compromising your beautiful garden would be extremely difficult were it not for our friend, the humble tree.
Trees are not only wonderful plants, they’re effective guardians of privacy that will stay with your home for generations. Despite needing occasional maintenance such as trimming, tree lopping or other surgery, they’re generally low maintenance and give your garden a wonderful sense of character.
Here we’ll look at some beautiful trees that will guard your privacy while making your garden look resplendent….
The potential trouble with trees, of course, is that they can easily become the source of a bitter dispute with neighbours. When considering a tree it’s important to ensure that it will fulfil your requirements in a way that isn’t detrimental to your neighbour’s homes and gardens.
Thus, the pleached hornbeam is a great choice for protecting your privacy without blocking out sunlight for those next door. They’re also a great option for smaller urban gardens as they grow quickly, yet remain a manageable height.
Pyrus calleyrana ‘Chanticleer’
These are great because they’re a perfect ‘tear drop shape’ that will allow for good coverage without blocking out sunshine. They’re also hardy, growing in virtually any environment and virtually pest free.
They’re low maintenance and immune to air pollution from the road. They blossom in white in spring and turn a lovely rust colour in summer.
Sometimes you’ll want to guard your privacy in the garden or even through the window. Other times you’ll want to block out an eyesore such as a street lamp shining into your bedroom window. The [amazon_textlink asin=’B06XXNHW54|B01M021FGJ’ text=’magnolia grandiflora’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’mygardening411-20|mygardening411-21′ marketplace=’US|UK’ link_id=’a39ccc39-e05a-11e7-bd1c-a9a0a0a9c1c5′] is a great choice for this purpose that provides thick, luscious green leaves all year round.
Moreover, because it’s evergreen you won’t have to worry about unsightly fallen leaves falling into your neighbour’s’ back gardens.
Black cherry plum
There’s something humbly beautiful about fruit trees and the black cherry plum is a gorgeous winter flowering tree that adds a delicate beauty to your garden while its thick coverage of blossoms will guard your privacy.