Make Your Garden More Private
The most obvious and quickest way to make your garden more private is to erect a fence. Fencing immediately creates a secure divide between you and your neighbours and depending on the height adds privacy.
When choosing the fencing for your garden, invest in materials that will complement and suit the garden and your home. Once you have chosen the right style for your garden add a splash of colour by painting the fence with a protective outdoor paint.
Top Tip: You may not need to fence the whole garden to get a private space, you may have an area where you can use an existing structure like the side of the house or garage where you can build some additional screening just one or two sides may be all you need.
Pergolas are great for creating a small private area within the garden over a decking or patio. It’s a great solution if you want to create a small private area for dining or relaxing. Pergolas covered in vines or other climbing plants make a perfect shady area which also adds height and structure to the garden.
Top Tip: Try creating a tunnel down paths way and for additional privacy add trellis to the sides to enclose the area more. Be careful what type of plants you use to climb over the trellis, some climbers can get extremely heavy and the trellis will not support them.
For a more natural look and if you are prepared to wait to get your privacy plant a hedge. Using a mixture of shrubs and trees you will achieve a natural look, adding height, colour and texture. For a more formal look use one type of plant like yew or privet and keep the hedge pruned for a formal and structured look.
Top Tip: Experienced gardeners usually do their major structural pruning when shrubs are dormant, then perform follow-up shaping during the growing season, after the spring growth spurt.
Berms are basically miniature hills in the landscape.They add height to plantings, which can be an effective way to create privacy. A berm is also good for highlighting smaller plants, as it can bring them to eye level.
Top Tip: Because of their sloping sides, berms drain better than flat beds, so they’re well-suited for rock garden plants and any species that prefer dry soil.
Brick walls work well for small court yard gardens and for anyone who wants to create a small private solid area. Matching the bricks with your property will help to keep the new feature in keeping with the rest of the property. For a totally private area within the garden you could add a gate or door into a small enclosed bricked area.
Top Tip: To add interest leave small windows in the wall or use breeze blocks to add an additional feature. To soften the walls use climbers and garden art like mirrors or hanging baskets. Use a reputable builder to build a feature wall if you are unable to do this yourself.
Screens and Blinds
If you have a conservatory but don’t want to add blinds or curtains but at times would like some privacy use some folding screens. These can be used whenever you need some privacy and then folded away for the times you want to enjoy the view. Alternatively fit professional conservatory blinds.