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While the front yard is all about planting for curb appeal, the backyard should be your own private spot. Plant with trees, shrubs, and vines that are your favorites and just what you want for long term growth in your special space.

Not only can you make your backyard private, away from those prying eyes next door. The following ideas can block your view of what might be happening over there. It can also block their unsightly trash cans, that hidden area that never gets straightened up or even their constantly busy pool.

What’s more, the borders we’ll discuss below can block street noise and some can hold back the wind. And, the best news of all is they can be planted now by the professionals at Decker’s Nursery. And we’ll be happy to advise on which plant materials will best suit your purpose.

Mixed Tree Border: Alternate small ornamental trees with varying bloom times. You can limit to just two types and alternate them for a look of consistency. Or you may plant this border with different trees, taking advantage of multi-trunked specimens and even fruit trees. Most plant nurseries carry a wide range of ornamental trees and that can be installed in your landscape 12 months a year.

Windbreak: If there’s a spot in your backyard where the wind whips through regularly, disrupting backyard fun, slow it by planting a windbreak. Choose a variety of trees for your windbreak, so that a pest or disease can’t damage them all should a problem arise. Healthy trees resist pests and diseases. A windbreak planted on the north or northwest side of your property will also reward you with lower heating bills in winter. Choose trees hardy to your USDA planting zone.

Shrub border: Consider a row of beautiful blooms blocking onlooker’s views and providing privacy. You may achieve this with a shrub border, repeating the same blooming shrub for the needed length. Find shrubs that best suit your purpose at a nursery. Weigelia, Ninebark, Deutzia, Lilacs, Viburnums and many more can fill your needs.

Mixed Shrub Border: If you must have the best assortment, plant a mixed shrub border. As with the mixed tree border above, you may choose a couple of types and repeat. You can also choose a variety and have something new flowering regularly.

Evergreen Border: Similar to the windbreak, an evergreen border is one of the best ways to add privacy while blocking noise and wind. Mix conifers with hollies and azaleas for an unusual green border.

Vertical Vines: Add a few trellises with vines trained upward for another unusual means of adding privacy. Put the supports in the ground or in large containers. Vines may have blooms or be an attractive year-round ivy. Vertical plantings are expected to be a growing garden trend this year.

Hanging Baskets with Vertical Plantings: Alternate hanging baskets among the vertical plantings. This is one of the quickest ways to get some privacy, although the tree and shrub plantings are more long-lasting.