How to hide an eyesore in the Garden?


When we installed our patio, we hooked up the downspout to this flexible pipe and ran it underneath the patio so we could redirect water to the side of our house instead of having water spilling out onto the patio and sinking our stone. We were left with this ugly eyesore that we want to hide. Anyone have suggestions on how to camouflage it?

q hiding an eyesore in the garden
q hiding an eyesore in the garden
  6 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jul 16, 2018

    Seems like a great little spot for a garden bench!

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 16, 2018

    Puts some plants around it that will be big enough and full enough to cover it.

  • Franklinrawley Franklinrawley on Jul 16, 2018

    We had a similar problem, and we think we came up with a better idea. First, you want to hide the hose under ground, so you will have to bury it just under the dirt. DIG a large hole about the size of a 55 gallon trash can. Deeper if you can handle it. Place in the hole LARGE rocks, like the size of 2 fists together. once these are half-way in the hole,run your hose into the rock filled hole. Fill the rest of the hole with rocks. We place a grid over the top of the rocks and place a large slate over the grid. Water runs into the hole well and the into the ground. does OK for us, might work for you all too...

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 16, 2018

    Hi there, You might consider an attractive Water Butt to take the water, or some more rocks set in front of it and paint the pipe the colour of the rocks. Otherwise, concrete or Crazy pave or Fill with Gravel the area behind it and stand a floral container or two..........

  • Kc Kc on Jul 16, 2018

    We have these on all our downspouts. Ugly aren't they?

    On one side of our house there was enough room and slope so that we could attach french style drains and bury the whole mess.

    We needed a different solution for the other side of our home. To keep adequate pitch for proper drainage we scraped a shallow ditch and partly buried the tube in it. We added river rock as ground cover over the whole area.

    It looks like you have already started training some leafy ground cover in front of the tube. You could pile soil over the tube and line the fence with rocks as a buffer to keep the dirt away from it.

    Here's a random know those U shaped planters that fit over deck rails?...maybe one or two filled with flowing vines and strategically placed over the tube in difficult spots?

    Another random thought, I have the perfect slab of decayed oak trunk. Its about 6 feet long, 12-16 inches wide and 1-2 inches thick. It's a masterpiece of swirly, undulating , knot-holey beauty. (Just saying)

    You'll come up with something clever , you always do.

    • Birdz of a Feather Birdz of a Feather on Jul 17, 2018

      Thanks for your input Kc; you have some interesting ideas! I wonder if those u-shape planters are big enough to fit over? I'll have to check that out :)

  • Tom Stuart Tom Stuart on Aug 12, 2018

    The easiest solution would be to paint it and move some of your day lilies over in front of it. I had. Similar plumbing pipe in my yard. I got some craft paint and smeared it unevenly with browns, olive drab, and other dark earth colors. If the paint is irregular it will disappear when it has the lilies or a ground cover on it. It will not show through.

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