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Longing for a more resort-like experience? Create a deluxe living room outdoors – all you need is a little imagination. Tall shrubs, trees or flow- ers can help stop those nosy ninnies from peering inside. Or be even more creative and use canvas, curtains or lattice to create a more private enclosure.

Living fences are another way to create separation between your yard and your neighbours. A row of cedars or shrubs work wonderfully to create boundaries, but may take time to grow unless you purchase them in larger sizes. Boxwoods, dwarf lilacs and cotoneasters make excellent hedges; whatever you choose be sure to keep them looking neat and well-trimmed.

Tired of the same old hedge that looks like a straight line? Create a more romantic divide by planting a grouping of trees, shrubs and flowers. You can design a space like this practically anywhere in your yard. Use the grouping as a makeshift fence, placing it in front of a deck or work area you don’t want to see.

Drab fences can be worse than sitting in a colourless grey cubicle all day. If you have a bare fence, for your own sanity don’t leave it that way. Trees, shrubs and plantings of various sizes will soften the harsh look it creates. Hang some wall planters, mirrors or art to make the space yours. If you have a chain-link fence, invest in climbers such as sweet peas, scarlet runners or other climbing, flowering vines to create privacy.

Whatever you choose this summer, create a spot for yourself in the garden. Maybe it’s a meditation corner, a reading nook or the ideal spot to take a nap in the fresh air. Whatever it is, make creating your own sanctu- ary a priority! i

Noise an issue? Whether it’s the neighbour’s kids, passing traffic or bark- ing dogs, trees make excellent barriers. If your fence is just not tall enough to keep out nosy neighbours add some lattice to the top of a wood fence to create additional height or add trees. For drama try tall tower poplars or a flourish of rosy blooms which will ignite your backyard with colour.

Why not share your ideas and inspire others? Send us photos of your “private garden” to tania@pegasuspub- We’ll post your photos online and a lucky few will be printed in our upcoming issue. To view submissions visit

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