privacy screens

candleinthewindApril 25, 2013

Love to sit on my patio during the warm months, however I hate looking at my neighbors above ground pool. I have cut out a 23 foot by 5 wide burm and planning on planting some arbor vitaes for my back row. I have bought 5, currently they are 5 feet. My question is, should I plant them in a straight line or stagger with the second and fourth planting be a little in front, instead of 5 in a straight row. Any suggestions?? I am planning on adding some plants in front of these arbor's come summer. Thanks

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What do you mean by "...second and fourth planting be a little in front..." I don't understand that question at all. Maybe you could show with a simple sketch what you are talking about.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 8:47PM
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Sorry. I can plant 5 arbors in a straight row. Or, I can move 2 up a little from the others. Kind of like a zig zag. Did that help?

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 10:25AM
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Makes sense to me, but I have a tendency to visualize everything before I do it, so no picture needed.

In answer to your question~I think it would be more esthetically pleasing if they were in a straight line. I seem to prefer only smaller plants usually in a flower bed done in a zig zag pattern.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 3:50PM
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With the understanding that aesthetics are entirely in the eye of the beholder, I'm going to disagree :-) A staggered or uneven planting is going to be much more visually appealing. A row of plants always looks artificial - nothing grows ina straight row in nature - and with something large and evergreen like arborvitaes that translates to a green wall.

A privacy screen tends to be a less defined and more informal approach than a sculpted hedge or fence for privacy purposes. If you have the space, stagger the plants.

I seem to faintly recall something from my distant formal design education past that planting in rows was a distinct no-no.........unless you were creating a formal hedge :-)

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 4:08PM
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I'm going to disagree with gardengal a bit. I don't think that emulating nature is always the goal in landscaping. Often it's creating something "architectural" out of plants. The plantings should fit the space and since I can't see it, I can't offer a preference. It's on you, Candle, to determine the best fit. It might be a single row or it might be the staggered double row. If you don't have room enough, the double row will not be the better choice.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 11:30PM
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