In late April and early May, my mind is abuzz with gardening and landscaping plans. I research plants, dream up color schemes, make lists, haunt garden centers, and chart the hours of sunlight for my new garden—yep, I’m hardcore. In years past when I had a large suburban lot, my focus was on what to do with all that space.
Now that I live in the city and have a very small yard (intentionally), I focus on defensive landscaping—how to create something attractive to camouflage undesirable views, including those of my much closer neighbors’ yards.
- Create an inspiring view for my office window.
- Cover up my neighbor’s deteriorating garage.
- Add native grasses to screen the view of the alley.
In April everything seems possible. By August, it’s all over. But if this year’s plan doesn’t turn out as great I’m picturing, there’s always next year!
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Great ideas, Ellen. Wishing you the best of luck this planting season!
Thanks! In April, I always am so optimistic and believe the plants will actually look like the pictures on the plant ID cards 😉
I know what you mean!
Right now I’m worried that I’m the one with the yard spoiling my neighbor’s view so thanks for the inspiration.
Nah, I’m sure that’s not true . . . unless your garage looks like my neighbor’s!
All good thoughts, Ellen. Fun dreaming.
You’ll have to see how it looks in a few months . . .