A nicely-landscaped yard can greatly increase the value of your home for you and your family and for the market -- but an exposed pipe will certainly detract from it. And although fake rock might be an option for some, no matter how well made it is, fake rock can still look -- well, fake. Fortunately, those aren't your only options. Use live plants, garden ornaments or even real rocks to cover that exposed pipe.
1. Green It Up
Plants are a logical choice for covering up a pipe in the front yard, but take care not to choose a plant -- such as a large tree -- with roots that may invade or even break the pipe. Climbing vines, with their curling tendrils, and even annual bedding plants that spread may also work their way into the pipe. Instead, choose annuals or perennials that won't spread. Evergreen clumping ornamental grasses, for example, are an excellent choice. Even after the flowers fade, the leaves remain attractive all year long. Or, try placing an evergreen shrub with dense foliage in front of the pipe. Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) is a hardy evergreen shrub with tightly-packed leaves. It thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness zones 5 through 8.
2. Flower Power
In-ground plants are an option for covering up your pipe, but many spread or, at the very least, drop their blooms and foliage before autumn, leaving your pipe visible again. Instead, try placing some containers in front of the pipe, and then filling them with seasonal annuals. Stagger the sizes of the containers for a more visually interesting grouping. Fill them with bulb plants for spring beauty and bedding plants for summer color. Petunias (Petunia spp.) are a good choice for summer. They are hardy in USDA zones 10 through 11 but are grown as annuals elsewhere. In the fall, try mums (Chrysanthemum or Dendranthema spp.), which are hardy in USDA zones 5 through 9.
3. Yard Ornaments
Although it's a long way from being a fireplace mantle or Christmas tree, you can still decorate your pipe. Place a birdbath in front of it or a garden bench on top of it. A gazing globe, wishing well or even a fountain may camouflage the pipe and also add interest to the yard.
4. Paint Job
Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the best. If your pipe is flush against the wall of your house, paint it the same color as the wall. If it lies against the grass or perhaps on top of mulch, paint it the same color as the grass or mulch.
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