The curbside view of this white, midcentury modern ranch gives a tiny peek at the home's structure -- it's mostly hidden by shrubs and grasses and amongst trees. A white gate provides privacy and security for the home.
Limit your exposure to nosy neighbors by getting creative with privacy provisions. Shrubs in planters (that you can take with you when you move) are a smart solution that architect Carolyn Trevor used in this lovely dining deck. “The formal evergreen topiary softens the edges and creates a pleasing backdrop whilst affording some privacy for the occupants. It’s an efficient way of enclosing the deck and also providing a natural balustrade — without losing entertainment space. The architectural quality of the planting is also greatly enhanced when lit up at night,” she says.
If you want the benefits of privacy plants without the hassle of maintaining them, line your patio with faux boxwood hedges. Strategically placed faux hedges provide privacy in a pinch for anyone who likes green spaces but lacks green thumbs.
‘Green Sport’ Western red cedar is a fast growing tree that’s the perfect choice for creating an elegant—and evergreen—privacy screen. Plants respond well to pruning, allowing you to create the ideal hedge. Hardy in Zones 5-9. Botanical name: Thuja plicata ‘Green Sport’
Along the perimeter of the yard, tall hedges and trees offer shade from the sun and another layer of privacy. With so much water and greenery in sight, the owners are sure to think they've found paradise.
Keeping the materials simple for the front driveway helps to create a sleek, minimalist look. The raised concrete planter integrates seamlessly with the gravel driveway, and a simple tall hedge provides privacy and separation between the house and sidewalk.
Mid-Century modern style flows from the main home to the outdoor patio, with rounded, narrow concrete pavers leading through lush landscaping and privacy hedges, to the fire pit and poured concrete dining table.
Romeo cleyera (Cleyera japonica ‘Variegata’) offers year-round variegation. Leaves have butter-yellow splashes in spring and summer that shift to rose tones in fall and winter. Cleyera is a low-maintenance shrub and grows in full sun to part shade, reaching 8 to 10 feet tall by 5 to 6 feet wide. Use it as a privacy hedge, accent plant or container shrub. Hardy in Zones 7-10.