Designing Boundaries in Your Garden

Boundaries provide privacy, create a frame or microclimate for your outdoor space and help you avoid conflict with neighbors by indicating legal ownership. Here, we review some options for creating boundaries in your yard.

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Pergola Offers Privacy Without Blocking Light Garden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Pergola Cover

Increasing the height of boundaries may be illegal, so check with your local government first. However, it is possible to increase the privacy within your own yard without altering the boundaries themselves. Consider using trellises and pergola covers, which can support climbing plants, create privacy without blocking light to the rest of your garden and help create a sheltered microclimate by allowing air to pass through.

Plants Offer Privacy for Seating Area Garden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Sheltered Patio

Well-placed plantings frame secluded sites for seating areas; an umbrella can give additional privacy when the table is in use.

Makeshift Cover Creates Shelter and Privacy Garden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Temporary Screen

While new trees can take time to grow and fast-growing hedges are high-maintenance, temporary screens give instant privacy. A makeshift cover like this one creates shelter and privacy wherever it is needed, and can be conveniently packed away.

Low Fences Encourage Friendship Between Neighbors Garden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Friendly Divide

Although we all want some privacy, it is important to maintain good relations with your neighbors. One way to avoid problems when designing boundaries is to consider anything which could irritate your neighbors, intrude into their space or block their light.

Low fences encourage communication and friendship between neighbors while also allowing more light into both gardens.

Pyracantha Good Choice for Burglar Proof Screen Garden Design ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

Thorny Shield

Boundaries provide security, but it is best to strike a balance between imprisoning yourself and opening your garden to your surroundings. Spiky evergreen shrubs can form attractive barriers that will deter most intruders.

Firethorn is a good choice for a burglar-proof screen, but will take time to grow; combine it with a simple post and wire fence until it matures, then keep it to under 6 feet in height.

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