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Claire Curran

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." 

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Design: Brenda Gousha, Sisters' Specialty Gardens, Rancho Santa Fe (760/473-0234)

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