There was a rental house to the north of my house. The yard was weedy and overgrown or worn down depending on what was going on over there. I wanted to be able to walk to my backyard and gate without cringing. But, I didn’t want a “wall”.
I kept a photo library of fences and arbors that I liked. With those pictures close by and with the help of my pals we designed an arbor type fence for my front yard screen. The main idea was to make sure it had shape/dimension and use plantings to create a “soft” screen rather than an unneighborly wall.
I hired a garden designer to help me select the trees/plants that would grow quickly, give that side of my house shape, provide at least a subtle screen and required little to no care. I ended up planting native vine maples, salal and sword ferns.
My backyard fence was falling apart and I did want some privacy back there. So, we used some of the character traits from the arbor design in the front yard and created a sculptured fence. I like the way this has some dimension, too. It’s not just a flat privacy wall.
I have some planting to do back here, but I like what I have so far. We ended up digging nearly 20 post holes. Blisters formed, but we got really good at digging holes. Something I look forward to adding to my resume :)
Next, I’ll move on to my alley side fence. It is due to be replaced this summer. I haven’t told Heidi and Monica what the next project will be at my house, yet. I’ll prepare a special lunch to keep them smiling. I hope that will work.