Ingenious hidden path
How do you access a side-yard utility area with a hedge in the way? A secret path through a hidden opening.
Designer Brenda Gousha planted two 6-foot-long overlapping hedges of Carolina laurel cherries (Prunus caroliniana) and ran a 2-foot-wide path between them.
Gousha says walls of foliage also make the perfect outdoor room. "When my husband and I sit out here, we're just a few feet from the street. But we have complete privacy."
Design: Brenda Gousha, Sisters' Specialty Gardens, Rancho Santa Fe (760/473-0234)