Printer Friendly

Instead of a hedge, a metal fence and trellis for vines.

Privacy from a busy street was paramount for Seatle homeowners Shirley and Steve Bell. Their home sits on a corner lot within 25 feet of the sidewalk, which runs above the narrow front courtyard. What they needed seemed impossible: an almost instant tall hedge (for screening) that was also very narrow (to save room).

Instead of planting a hedge, landscape architect Thomas Berger erected a two-part metal skeleton. The lower section is a 5-foot-high, 50-foot-long chain-link fence, which parallels the front of the house and curves around the corner. Berger planted mature Hahn's ivy in 2-gallon cans every 3 feet along the base of the fence. Intertwined in the wire mesh, the ivy quickly filled in to screen the courtyard 3 feet below.

The upper part of the metal skeleton is a freestanding, 72-foot-long pipe-rail trellis, which runs above the fence and makes a semicircular arc mounted to the side of the house. The arc, defined by four parallel pipes, has a radius of about 15 feet. (This job required the services of a professional pipe bender and welder.)

White-flowering wisteria is slowly covering each end of the trellis and converging toward the middle. On the courtyard side, a border of Viburnum tinus masks the retaining wall below the fence.
COPYRIGHT 1985 Sunset Publishing Corp.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1985 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Date:Nov 1, 1985
Previous Article:When house plants get salt burn.
Next Article:Plant pedestals ... easy to make from tubing or plywood.

Related Articles
Order in the vegetable garden...with a bold trellis and box system.
Flag-flying trellis and fence create a private entry court.
Trellis and screen for front-yard privacy.
Privacy and wind protection for an exposed deck.
Sturdy trellis for rambunctious vines.
For privacy, a simple grape trellis.
If your vegetables need some help up: two simple trellises.
Sturdy trellis for vigorous vines.
Portable vines ... grown in a barrel trellis.
Support network for heavy vines.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters