Privacy Landscaping in Saratoga
Quick, don’t think about it just answer: what do you think of your neighbors? Do you secretly cringe when they catch you at the mailbox? Or do you like them enough to comfortably share the neighborhood without overthinking it?
I’m asking because “landscaping for privacy” is brought up by clients at more than 50% of clients at our first meeting. Privacy landscaping is a staple in neighborhoods where people live close to each other, and unless everybody magically starts getting along privacy landscaping will continue to be a hot trend in Saratoga Springs for a long time to come.
Native plants in the privacy landscaping
Native plants are the best choice for privacy landscape design (native plants are always the best choice for any gardens or landscaping of course) because wildflowers, trees and shrubs indigenous to our region are well acclimated to our climate, weather and conditions. This means that the trees, shrubs or plants installed for privacy will grow with little maintenance or effort. This time of year new installations are essentially zero maintenance, as cooler temperatures and an increase in rainfall aid plants’ establishment.
Wildflower gardens in Saratoga Springs
When people want to visually block out their neighbors with privacy landscaping using native plants, trees and shrubs, everyone in the neighborhood wins. The human residents get the benefit of the addition of beauty, color and more privacy. The birds, butterflies and various pollinators of the community get brand new sources of food, shelter and habitat. The roadsides and wetlands of Saratoga Springs even see improvement over time as birds and small mammals spread seeds from the privacy landscaping into the far corners of the city limits.
Archimandrite Athanasy in the Monastery Gardens
This fall I had the delightful opportunity to design and install a new butterfly garden at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Monastery in South Canaan, PA in the yard for Archimandrite Athanasy.
Butterfly Garden for St. Anna
The monks at the Monastery keep honeybees and sell the honey and other bee products at the bookstore. The addition of this butterfly garden, loaded with wildflowers and other native plants will benefit more than just the butterflies- the bees will love all the wildflowers. Hopefully as the wildflower population of the campus increases over years to come, the bee’s honey-making capacity will also improve.
St. Anna is very special to Fr. Athanasy, and when the wildflowers fill in over years to come there will be flowers in bloom for her almost every day from May-October and butterflies visiting the garden every day. Fall is the best time of the whole year for new garden installations and once in awhile there’s a garden project so special it almost makes the inevitability of winter feel almost okay.
Healthy Living Market’s native plant garden
This past August I was interviewed by Diane Donato of WGY about the native plant gardens at the Healthy Living Market in Saratoga Springs, NY. She visited the habitat gardens, observed Monarch butterflies making use of the Milkweeds and other native plants in the gardens, and recorded us talking for her garden blog and the radio.
Her blog is called Growing Amazment
And the talks about the Saratoga native plant gardens can be heard in 2 parts: