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While it’s nice to be back out in the world, there may be times when you still want to get away from it all. Or, maybe you need to block a view from neighbors, create a buffer from nearby public spaces, or hide an unsightly view. This week, you’ll get lots of inspiring design ideas for making your garden space more private. Plus, see how you can save time and money with container plantings and get entered to win a copy of one of our favorite gardening books.

Brick patio with privacy planting



Designing for Privacy

In our new article, you’ll find design ideas for making your garden space more private. Learn what to consider during the design process, and see examples of how others have created more privacy. In the photo above, several strategic choices make this small garden more visually appealing, such as the retaining wall and wood fence being softened by layered trees, shrubs, and perennials. Gardener: Eloise Carson, Photo by: Janet Loughrey.

Emerald Green Arborvitae
Incrediball Smooth Hydrangea hedge
15 Trees for Privacy: Find the right tree for creating privacy in your space. 
15 Shrubs for Privacy: See 15 of our favorite shrubs for defining private garden spaces. 
Spring container planting


Multi-Season Container Gardening

Are you getting ready to plant up your spring containers? Here’s an idea that will save you some time and $$$ when the seasons change—start with an evergreen shrub and “accessorize” it with seasonal annuals. See how this spring container changes its look come summer, fall, and winter. Photo by: Proven Winners.

Hot tub and succulent wall


Small Backyard Makeover: Using Every Square Inch 

When a design firm in California was tasked with making the most of a small space, they nailed it! See how they created a space for a family of four that offers something for everyone, and how they shielded the view from a public sidewalk. Photo by Karl Seifert.

Proven Winners Garden Book


Proven Winners Garden Book

Are you looking for simple design ideas, dozens of container recipes, or helpful lessons on how to buy plants, prep a planting area, and have a colorful garden year-round? It’s all here in this one book! Grab a copy for yourself and one for a friend! (It makes a great gift for a new gardener.) 

With this book, beautifying your home landscape has never been easier—or more economical and fun. Forget all the complications of gardening rules and jargon; we’ve simplified the process to a series of straightforward recipes, like your favorite cookbook.


In Case You Missed It:
Create a Garden to Explore
16 Spring Veggies to Grow
Raised Bed Design
10 Best Edible Flowers


New on GardenDesign.com:
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Agastache: A Growing Guide for Hyssop