Landscaping Privacy Solutions

Your yard should be a private space hidden from the world. Get ideas for using walls, plants and other features to keep your neighbor from being able to see your hot tub.
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Walls

Solid walls provide the most privacy and look attractive. This mural wall, designed by Jamie Durie, adds an artistic element to the yard.

Privacy Fence

Fences are a popular and versatile privacy option. They come in a range of materials, colors and styles that offer varying degrees of privacy. A solid fence, like the one around the pool, is a great way to create complete privacy in a yard. Design by Rate My Remodel user RandyAngell

Bamboo

A stand of bamboo can be a graceful and effective screening. This plant is an aggressive spreader, though, so regular pruning is needed to keep it under control.

Evergreen Hedges

Living fences, often made of densely planted evergreens, offer privacy and tranquility. Manicured privet hedges require frequent clipping, but you can use shrubs for a more natural, low-maintenance option. Design by Tracy Morris

Curtains for Privacy

A little fabric can go a long way. These curtains create easy privacy and protect against the wind. Design by Rate My Remodel user arcadiadesign

Lattice Screens

Lattice screens are versatile and easy to install. They can be used to make semi-private walls around a yard or as an underpinning for a porch or deck. Design by Patricia Wagner

Mixed Screen Plants

Layering evergreens and flowering shrubs will create visual interest year-round and provide a level of privacy in your yard.

Trellises

Trellises are a great option for semi-privacy, especially with plants growing up the side. They are versatile and movable, and they provide visual interest. Design by Robert Hursthouse

Vertical Gardens

Vertical garden plots can be grown on metal grids and are increasingly popular in urban areas. They have a structure that supports annuals, perennials, vines or vegetables. This small area is tucked in a Mediterranean-style garden, creating a cozy hidden space to relax. Design by Pamela Berstler

Raised Beds

Raised planters add height while creating volume, proportion and privacy. Try planting low-maintenance shrubs and grasses like blue fescue, dwarf arborvitae or even fragrant rosemary.

Stone

Stone is an attractive option that gives your yard a natural look. This stone wall blends in beautifully with the simple pavillion surrounded by lush plantings.

Wood Screens

Wooden privacy screens section off this rustic porch sitting area. The modern herringbone design creates a stylish twist on a basic door.

Sails

A sail canopy is an elegant and unobtrusive way to provide shade and privacy to a backyard or deck without sinking posts into the ground.

Brick

A brick wall is a classic choice when it comes to creating a privacy fence. Flowers, shrubs and a water feature soften the brick in this courtyard to create a cozy outdoor retreat.

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