Landscaping for Privacy

Try these ideas for fences, plants and barriers to give your yard and garden some sexy secrecy.

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Woven Willow Fence Great for Rural Setting

Woven willow panels are used in a rural garden setting as a privacy screen and divider.

Bamboo Screen Provides Natural Privacy Barrier

Planting living walls is often preferable to erecting masonry walls or wooden or vinyl fencing. Bamboo hedges, for example, commonly serve as such living wall privacy fences.

Box Topiaries Mix with Japanese Maples

A minimalist arrangement of box topiaries and Japanese maples helps to create a quiet outside area and provide some privacy screening.

Larchlap Fencing Panels Made of Vertical Timbers

Larchlap panels stand upright to form a vertical fence, offering privacy and a garden boundary.

Awning Helps Create Shade and Protection From Rain

A sail-like awning will help shade a patio. Being out of the wind and out of the eye of watchful neighbors is also desirable for privacy.

Oversized Umbrella and Small Table in Quiet Corner

Position a small table with an umbrella in a quiet corner to add a touch of elegance to any backyard space. Surround the area with screening plants to add privacy and a retreat-like feel.

Formal Entry Created by Clipping Hedge

Formal entries and divisions made from clipped hedges help create intrigue, focal points and a sense of privacy. Here, an archway has been created by clipping a boxwood hedge into the desired shape.

Climbing Vines Cling to Any Surface for Screening

Privacy fences composed of plants enjoy a number of advantages over their hardscape counterparts. Climbing vines can be self clinging and will not need a trellis or wires. Consider the height and aggressiveness of the plant when selecting.

Year Round Screening Plants for Landscaping

Emerald Green arborvitae, which will eventually reach 12 to 15 feet tall, are a good choice for a four season privacy planting. In the foreground, a Green Mountain boxwood can be easily maintained at 3 to 6 feet.

Divide Yard with Various Plant Screens

Divide up the yard with various plant screens so that the entire yard is never completely visible from any one position. Use a trellis or woven screen to maximize growing space.

Steel Screen Garden Fence Allowed to Rust

A steel garden screen affords a bit of privacy and has been left to rust as part of the landscaping design. Its open weave allows a peek into the garden beyond.

Parterre Made from Hedges Laid Out in Patterns

A parterre is made from hedges laid out in formal patterns and flowerbeds. Plants used must have a dense growing habit and tolerant of clipping, such as boxwood or yew, to create a feeling of enclosure and privacy.

Juniper hedge

This sculpted juniper hedge not only provides a sense of privacy, but also creates anticipation as you move through the garden.

Italian Cypress Makes an Ideal Plant for Privacy

Italian Cypress Stricta, Cupressus sempervirens, is native to southern Europe and western Asia. It bears horizontal branches and dark green foliage. Stricta is a more common species and is a classic Mediterranean landscaping plant.

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