In this project, four “north pole” arborvitae shrubs were planted to help create a natural privacy screen next to a bonfire ring where it borders the adjacent property. In time, these arborvitae will grow tall enough to form a visual barrier that will make the fire pit feel more secluded and removed from the commons area. Adding elements like this to a landscape can help people experience their yard as a place of retreat and relaxation. Choosing hardy, low maintenance plants cuts down on the need for homeowners to perform additional work on the landscape once they are planted.
A glacial river rock bed was installed around the four arborvitae to separate them from the lawn and act as an extension of the previously-installed rock bed found uphill. River rocks are heavy enough to help stabilize a slope that has been recently disturbed by digging and planting.