Would You Like More Privacy in Your Garden?
Back gardens need to be private! No one wants that creepy feeling that your nosey neighbour is watching everything you do!
Here’s some ideas to improve the privacy in your garden by either adding onto existing fence (to make it taller) or using strategically-placed lattice to obscure the view.
While trees, vines, and shrubs would be my first choice, these are fast solutions when you don’t have time to wait for things to grow.
As you’ll see from the photos, sometimes it just takes a clever addition, such as adding to the height of a fence, or positioning a screen a few feet in from the existing fence, to further block the view into your yard. This shows you the trick for proper placement of a privacy screen to ensure maximum privacy.
I took these photos on local garden tours, noticing how they made the garden seem more private or intimate, even when there are neighbours close by.
Before you build anything, it’s best to check local bylaws and ordinances to see what is allowed and obtain any necessary permits.
Privacy Screen In The Yard
1. This first one is set a few feet from the property line and the wood supports lean on the smaller fence behind it. If there are fence height regulations where you live, this is a good workaround.
This is a really good choice if you are trying to block out the view from a taller building. By setting the screen in from the property line, you will actually provide more privacy from than you would if your fence was taller.
2. This square grid lattice provides some privacy (and shade) but also allows good air circulation:
3. In this next one, they extended the support posts of the fence and added homemade lattice to the top section. Vines will eventually fill it in:
4. This shows how the post extensions were attached:
This metal hardware is called a ‘tie plate’. You can see them here at Amazon.com.
5. These screens also have vines growing up them:
6. Here lattice was framed and suspended from chains from a structure made of 4×4’s:
7. This large scale lattice was used to provide a divider between the sitting area and the lawns:
8. High density lattice walls and an arbour conceal the compost area:
Here’s one more view of the hanging screens:
Some improve privacy, others simply add vertical interest to the garden. I hope you found some ideas for your garden.
Want more? Here’s 25+ ways to make your fence more interesting with garden art.