Whether you want to spend more time in the backyard with your family, or need to keep your space private from neighbors, creating privacy is an essential part of any successful landscaping plan. It doesn’t have to be an expensive or difficult project, either.
The right mix of hardscape and planting will give you the desired level of privacy without sacrificing the beauty of your yard. Start by considering the scale of your garden or yard, as well as any existing fencing or walls.
Use a variety of types and heights of plants to create a layered buffer zone between your property and the next, keeping things visually interesting as you build the divider. Plant trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials with different heights and shapes to add interest while creating a sense of separation from the neighboring area.
Fences, trellises, and arbors can help you achieve the heights needed to make your backyard feel more secluded and private. For example, if you have a small backyard and don’t need to cover a lot of ground, install a welded wire fencing (sometimes known as hog wire or field fence) to provide the desired height.
If you need extra privacy, add a few tall trees to your landscaping plan. These will block out the neighbors’ view, and they’ll also shade the sun-intensive plants that you may need to grow in your backyard.
Another option is to use a living wall of vines that scramble up the back of your fence or other structure. These will not only provide privacy, but they can also act as a stunning backdrop for your outdoor furniture or photo opportunities.
These fast-growing vines can be placed on lattice, wooden fencing, or any other barrier you may have in your yard. You can also use potted and hanging baskets to adorn the wall, making it feel more like a natural feature in your landscape.
Depending on where you live, a living wall of vines can provide the same level of privacy as a solid fence. Leyland cypresses and other evergreens are perfect for this purpose, because they don’t need frequent watering or trimming to keep them in check.
If you’re concerned that a fence might be too permanent or cost too much to install, consider installing an arbor or trellis as a lightweight alternative. These can be framed with welded wire fencing, which comes in various sizes and openings.
A lattice wall is another affordable and easy-to-install way to add a secluded element to your backyard. You can purchase these in rolls or frame them yourself.
Choose a design that complements your home’s architecture. For example, a slatted lattice wall will offer privacy and help separate a deck from the rest of the yard. You can then place a canopy over the top to provide more shade and a cozy seating area.
Adding a retractable canopy will not only give you a spot to sit and relax in the backyard, but it will also allow you to enjoy private family time outside with less worry about glare from brightly lit windows or chilly winds. You’ll also be able to enjoy the outdoors year-round.