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Wingate provides numerous options for gardeners who want to create oases of safety from contemporary intrusions. Buffers, barriers, and screens—these “practical, creative, sustainable ideas” for landscaping “an enjoyable extension of your home” are thoughtfully integrated into garden concepts. Buffers moderate temperature extremes, wind, noise, and the neighbors’ kids. Trees and shrubs provide shade and insulation, and yards gain privacy and serenity with water features, mixed-planing hedgerows, and terraces of mounded shrubs. Barriers include berms, prickly hedges, and fencing—some living, such as shaped or espaliered permanent tree structures. Screening with visual interest, such as lattices supporting climbing roses, spell relief from unwanted views. Tips on plant choices and abundant full-color photos and illustrations complement listings of further readings and resources, conversion tables and plant hardiness zones, and a detailed index to create a comprehensive guide for turning a yard into a haven. --Whitney Scott

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“Readers with varying space, budgets, and lifestyles will find this book creative and helpful”
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“A comprehensive guide for turning a yard into a haven.”
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“An excellent resource for anyone who needs to add screening, barriers or buffers to their private world.”
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“With such an expansive playbook, there's no reason for dull uniformity.”
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"Offers much practical information...and help[s] us make our gardens just what we want."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604691239
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604691238
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Henderson-Ricardez on August 22, 2012
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Lots of talking about creating privacy and although there are ample landscaping pictures, almost none of them are related to creating privacy. If you want a ton of pictures of mediocre landscaping with random bushes and flowers with no pictures of actual privacy ideas, this might be for you. Also, most of the writing is prose with very little teaching. Some tips but you'll never be able to go from step 1 to completion on any privatizing project from this book. It's book of unrelated images and filler text, mostly editorial about why you might want privacy but no real, detailed instruction on the how to to actually do it!
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Most residential lots are spaced so close together that privacy is rare. Anything that offers practical solutions is welcome. There are many ideas in the book that can be adapted to a variety of situations. I particularly liked the plant list area where the greenery is grouped not only by zone and type (evergreen, thorny, hedges, etc.) but also by shape to help fill-in particular areas.

The usefulness of the book will depend upon the individual circumstance, so skimming it first at the library might be a good idea.
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Lovely pictures. A bit of repetition in the text, but the pics are lovely with many old ideas mixed with a smattering of new in many styles for many challenges from rooftops to corner lots, cottage style gardens to contemporary and modern. I've read the book through already and havere-browsed it several times. Helpful plant lists!
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This is a great book for those of us who just want to disappear behind our landscaping (and look good doing it). There are too many out there who are nattering on about Curb Appeal when what they mean is leave the house completely exposed from the street. Why this is a goal in these days of drive-by shooters is beyond me.

Ms. Wingate seems to mostly work in the wetter half of the country, but she has made an honest attempt to be inclusive. There are usable ideas here even for the low desert, but we have had 1/3 inch of rain in the last six months and couldn't afford the water to recreate the plantings in any of the photos. So, fun to see and read but I won't buy this one.

Most of the book is well designed, but whoever approved the light green type of the introduction and the gray type of the picture captions should be convicted of design malpractice. Not at all kind to the eyes. I skipped the intro as prbably not worth the eyestrain.
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You have to know plants to get value from this book and really like gardening. No diagram. Sometimes names are mentioned, but you don't know which is what.
There is a glossary in back which groups plant types, but no pictures, so what good is that? Another draw back is plantings are dense and complex. Ahhhh...
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So many garden books. The title is right and the book is well organized. I got many ideas from the book and was given enough detail through the pictures and chapters that I have returned to it quite a few times.
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This little book is jam packed with hundreds of marvelous ideas to give the apartment or homeowner a sense of privacy. Perhaps you'd like to screen out an unsightly view, cloak your trash cans with a living shield of flowers or form a barrier from wildlife.

Maybe a table with two chairs beside a trickling fountain surrounded by a border of fragrant flowers yields just the right touch. Perhaps a dramatic hedge interrupted by a unique gate of rustic wood does the trick. From small concepts to elaborate plans meant for more expansive and expensive tastes, Landscaping for Privacy will help you find that little touch that is uniquely yours.
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Love this book! It gives you ideas and general how to instructions on how to create private outdoor spaces in yards big and small.Thiis is not a DIY book. It is a wonderful inspirational book worthy of being a coffee table book. It also has a great plant list divided into the uses of plants such as shade screening and full grown sizes, soil, drainage and water needed for each needed.
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