Cool Idea for Creating Privacy in Your Xeriscape

Creating a Privacy ScreenI have a healthy respect for people who, with a little creativity, figure out how to get around the rules.  Such is the case here.

The City of Phoenix (and many other Greater Phoenix municipalities, I’m sure) has a rule about building walls higher than three feet on the side of your property with the address on it.  For most of us, this is the front yard.  I’m sure there are good reasons for this…like maybe they’re afraid we’ll wall off our compounds and build moats all around.  Or something like that.

Anyway, most of us like our privacy and we grumble when the city won’t play in the sandbox with us.  But I love this solution!  Instead of a wall, which is against the rules, this homeowner erected 6′ high parallel sheets of metal placed at an angle in what I like to call a sculpture.  The benefit of it is that he skirted the rules (YAY!) and got some privacy because when you drive down the street toward his home, you see a wall.  But coming at it from the other direction, it’s a series of metal panels placed at angles.  Freakin’ cool!

What makes it even cooler is that he then mass planted the area in front of the panels with Golden Barrels, giving the desert garden a very contemporary look, incorporating some low-water xeriscape plants, and creating a security barrier to boot.  I mean, would you tiptoe through this spiny, ankle-slicing moat?

So become friends with your camera phone, and snap away at all those good ideas!  By the way, the Desert Botanical Garden is offering a Smartphone Photography class on April 14 to show you how to get all those great shots.


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