5 Ways to Add Privacy to your Garden or Backyard

General Landscaping


No matter how well you get on with your neighbours, privacy in your own garden is something that everyone wants and needs. After all, your home is the one place where you should be able to relax without any distractions, and for many people their gardens are their sanctuaries.

That’s why it’s often necessary to add a few features to your garden that not only look great, but also increase your privacy.

Here are a few ideas for you to try:

1. Outdoor curtains

Many people will raise an eyebrow when you mention outdoor curtains, but they’re a great way to add some colour, shade and privacy to your garden. Pick colours that complement your plants and flowers, and strategically place them to cover any areas that would otherwise be exposed to the outside world.

2. Privacy plantings

Perimeter plantings are one of the best ways to add privacy to your garden or backyard. Although they can take time to grow and produce the required results, privacy plantings are definitely worth the wait. Look for plants that grow tall and bushy, like Italian Cypress and evergreen trees.

3. Make your fences higher

It might sound simple, but an easy solution to the privacy problem is to make your fences higher. This is especially relevant if your existing fence has seen better days. However, height can also be added to a fence that is still in good shape by adding a pre-made trellis.

4. Privacy screens

Privacy screens are just as effective as taller fences, but they afford more flexibility because they can be moved around your garden. This makes them particularly effective when you have a small area that you want to make more private and can’t justify a permanent fence.

5. Add a water feature

Privacy isn’t just about being seen. Sometimes you may not want to be heard, or may not want to hear your neighbours. Water features are great for masking unwanted noise and replace it with a sound that’s soothing to the ear.

[Recommended read: 5 benefits of landscape water features]

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