6 Ways to Add Backyard Privacy

If you’re longing for a private oasis in your outdoor space, but don’t want to put up a giant fence between you and all your neighbors, there are lots of other creative ways to gain privacy. Here are some great ideas:

Put up a pergola
Want some shady space while adding an elegant structure? Buy or build a pergola over your patio, hot tub or dining table. Add some climbing plants such as honeysuckle or clematis, and before long, you’ll have a cozy spot to hang out and dine with family and friends.

Buy some bamboo
You’ll feel like you’re on a tropical vacation at an exclusive retreat by planting bamboo, which grows tall enough to provide natural privacy anywhere you want it. You can use it to fill in areas or along your neighbor’s existing fence. Just be careful to plant it in containers, as it’s invasive and can take over!

Train plants on a trellis
Maybe you don’t want a solid structure that obstructs light and cool breezes. If so, a backyard trellis is the way to go. You can plant flowering vines to create a lovely focal point. Check out lattice or wrought iron options and place them anywhere for an affordable privacy solution.

Grow your own fence
It may sound obvious, but a majestic row of evergreen hedges will create instant privacy along your property line. You can choose a natural look, or clip your hedges into any shape you like. Of course, you’ll have to wait a few years for a high wall of greenery, but even newly planted ones can provide effective screening. Check how high and wide your variety grows before planting it.

Up, up and away
Vertical gardens are a fabulous way to make use of every inch in a small space. They’re also the perfect privacy solution. You can custom-design a living wall made from recycled pallets for a wallet-friendly option, or plant rows of very high perennial plants to block even the most unsightly views.

Corral some containers
If you want a private patio, think about placing some potted trees or shrubs of varying heights around your dining or seating areas. Mix and match your containers, or upcycle salvaged items from your home or garage to create show-stopping arrangements on your deck.

What privacy solutions have you come up with? Share your garden photos with us!


Men building pergola:
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Pergola with flowers:
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