Herringbone Privacy Screen
This designer-inspired privacy screen adds graphic impact and chic separation to this urban patio. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
A Chinese garden gate is the inspired \"wall\" in this relaxing outdoor space.
This classic English walled garden provides the perfect storybook retreat. Design by Bob Hursthouse
Designer Joan Grabel found another way to make a wall very interesting with this elevated fireplace, basalt fountain and red paint.
Functional Wall Treatment
Not just an interesting wall treatment, this ingenious wood sculpture also serves as the conduit for an irrigation system. Landscape designer Jamie Durie used recycled lumbar beams installed with a misting system to water surrounding vines and epiphytes.DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Adding screens and panels within the garden helps divide it into smaller, more intimate spaces. They are especially useful in predictable rectangular plots, where they can add interest and heighten mystery.
These custom-designed, sliding plexi panels help redefine and reconfigure this large urban rooftop space, but panels such as these could also be used to provide visual separation.
In this design by Pam Berstler, a simple pergola blocks the view from upper-story windows in the neighborhood.DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited
A lightweight and elegant sail canopy provides shade, doesn't clutter the garden with posts and conveys a feeling of intimacy to small urban gardens. Plus, the canopy can be taken down when not needed.
Designed by Jennifer Duneier, this gazebo-like tent blocks views from the nearby apartment building. The columns were imported from Italy, and the outdoor fabric will withstand the year-round weather of New York.Sarah Dorio Photography
Weatherproof, ready-made drapery panels are a quick and easy privacy solution to make an outdoor space even more enjoyable during the warm months. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
A small porch becomes a private party space with this imaginative makeover by landscape designer Jamie Durie, who created \"pocket gardens\" around the perimeter, forming a living wall.
The grasses and trailing plants in the pockets are non-fussy plants that add texture and color, and the homeowners will enjoy being able to pick fresh sprigs of parsley and mint.DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Boxwood makes the perfect hedge when neatly clipped and grouped with mini pyramids that lead into the patio area. The seating area is framed with a wooden archway and complemented by blooming roses.DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited
Bamboo plants can make ideal screening, but they have one problem: in the ground, the running types are invasive. Here, bamboo is contained within cube planters to screen this private space. If you're planting bamboo in the ground, choose the non-invasive clumping types.
These few arborvitae will eventually grow to be about 12 feet tall. When shopping for a living screen, look for plants that need the soil, light and moisture conditions that your site can supply, and check the expected mature height and width on the plant tag.