Create a hidden sanctuary in your backyard with these quick and simple solutions.
Give your favorite plants better view-blocking power by growing them in raised beds or berms. You will be surprised at how much more secluded your yard feels by mounding the soil enough to add a foot or two to your plants’ height. Plus it puts medium-size plants at eye level.
Test Garden Tip: Raised beds or berms are also a perfect solution if you struggle with rocky, clay, or otherwise poor soil.
Get a Room
If you don’t want to work on making your entire yard a private paradise, take one corner and transform it into a secluded getaway. A simple way to do this is to carefully place a couple of trees to form a pocket. Here, for example, two pines make a hammock feel tucked away. A redbud just behind the hammock enhances the effect.
Look at Lattice
Do you feel a little claustrophobic at the thought of fencing your backyard? Try lattice. It’s an ideal way to add privacy and enclosure without closing off your yard too much. Plus a simple lattice fence is perfect for showcasing climbing roses or your favorite vines. You may find that lattice panels are less expensive than building a traditional fence so you can save money to boot.
Grow in Layers
Most people’s main goal of creating a sheltered backyard is to block views of neighbors. But make it an extra-secluded yard by layering plantings to form pockets where you can’t see your house or another part of the yard. That way you can feel like you’re getting away from it all without actually going anywhere.
Use a Hedge
Enjoy a wall of green by planting a hedge. Look for evergreen varieties to provide year-round screening or try types that lose their leaves in winter but make up for it by putting on a show with attractive flowers or a blaze of fall color.
Test Garden Tip: While many plants are suitable as hedges, yours will be a cinch to care for if you select a variety that’s adapted to your climate and that matures at the height and width you want your hedge to be.
Look for Interesting Materials
Beautify privacy by adding an unexpected element to your yard. For example, build a fence from out-of-the-ordinary materials or decorate a fence with architectural detailing. The plexiglass used here stops the neighbors from peering in but allows light to pass through. It also shows off textures on the other side.
Mix It Up
There’s no rule that says you have to stick with one strategy for creating privacy. So keep your landscape exciting by incorporating several types of screens. For example, this patio uses an attractive fence as well as a low hedge. A large tree casts shade and blocks the view of the patio from above.