Outdoor and garden expert, Owen Reeves, shares some of the ideas and elements he incorporated into Vanessa’s yard.
For privacy along your back fence:
A creative solution is to use decorative screening panels hung between a trees instead of the traditional fence. It adds a bit more design flair to the space and prevents the yard from looking boxed in by wood.
Berries are an easy way to bring low-maintenance perennials into the yard. Plant different varieties for optimal pollination, and they will fruit at slightly different times. Blueberries are nice for ornamental value and because they have pretty spring flowers. They can be a great alternative to traditional flowering shrubs, and you have the benefit of amazing tasting fruit.
The best cedar for hedges:
Cedars are the best-selling screening plant in Canada and are common in new subdivisions. Emerald Cedars are the most popular choice for hedges and screening throughout much of Canada, but in most situations Black Cedars are superior. They grow much faster (provide cover sooner), they are naturally dense (unlike native White Cedars) and they are considerably hardier in cold temperatures and exposed areas. As a result, you have a quick growing, tough, dense screen that will work in more places in Canada and in more planting situations. They require trimming once or twice a year, but it is not difficult. Owen recommends planting Emerald Cedars in sheltered locations where space is at a premium, because they're less hardy and are quite slow-growing.
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