Chances are, you’ll enjoy your yard more if you have a certain sense of privacy. Here are 12 ways to make that happen.
This old standby is a favorite for a reason: It works. A tall hedge provides as much privacy as a stockade fence. It’s better looking, more inviting to birds, and looks great in winter. A hedge often reaches higher than a fence for even more screening.
A pergola offers a taste of the great outdoors without a feeling of confinement. Cover the structure with vines (or grapevines if you’d like a tasty treat as well as a sense of seclusion).
Don’t have room for a pergola? Try a vine-covered arbor. When seated on the bench, guests are virtually invisible to anyone behind or to the side of the arbor and yet retain a view of their garden.
Lattice and Planter Boxes
Enjoy porch living more with vine-covered lattice and planter boxes. This large-grid lattice allows ample air circulation and is an attractive feature even without a vine. There’s greater privacy as the mandevilla fills in. See how to build this project.
Lattice and Curtains
A small-grid lattice offers a sense of seclusion, especially when fronted by potted arborvitae. Although the outdoor curtains are a decorative element, they can be closed for greater privacy or to cut down a chilly wind.
Another idea for patios or decks is this DIY screen. It’s imprinted with artwork so it complements the outdoor decor. It also deflects views from neighboring houses without diminishing air circulation (an important factor on humid days).
These DIY raised planters handle three tasks at once: provide privacy, storage space, and room to grow lots of great vegetables and herbs. See how to build these planters.
If you have the space, a landscape featuring trees, shrubs, and other plants is a surefire way to gain outdoor privacy. Just look at the beautiful mosaic here, complete with deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses, and groundcovers.
Tight space isn’t a problem when it comes to privacy. Note the peaceful refuge created for the chaise lounge by fast-growing palms in front and a vine-covered fence in back. The vine is optional, but it helps blend the fence into the garden.
It may seem like a stretch, but a patio umbrella provides plenty of privacy from second-story windows, particularly those of neighboring houses. Of course, you also gain protection from sun and rain, as well as an attractive addition to your outdoor decor.
Walls and Hedges
For a double dose of privacy, you can build a wall and line it with hedges. The wall gives instant privacy while the hedges mature. And it provides added security if you have small children or pets.
For nearly complete outdoor privacy, you can’t do much better than an enclosed gazebo. Nestled among the landscape and screened to keep out bugs, this structure makes a comfortable and private refuge.