How to Make Your Backyard a Vacation Oasis
Scott landscaped his whole yard, but you can also get great results in less space. Give a nook a sense of escape by creating privacy. Frame it on two or three sides with hedges or fences (or put the patio against a shed or house wall) to shield it from neighbors. Also use shrubs or fences to screen unwanted views.
In Scott's yard, left, a softly curved arbor and a hedge of evergreens provide privacy for the main patio.