Landscaping for Privacy

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

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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.

Topiary Time

Tall topiaries are elegant and often whimsical. The more topiaries you incorporate, the more privacy they provide.

Woven Willow Fence Great for Rural Setting

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

Awning Provides Shade and Privacy

A retractable awning with curtains like this one provides control over the amount of sunlight that reaches a space. Top coverage is particularly helpful when it comes to privacy if you live next to a high-rise building or apartment complex that overlooks your outdoor space.

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Oversized Umbrella

Oversized umbrellas and awnings add privacy to sitting areas as well as sun and rain protection. The surrounding plants also give added privacy.

Tall Hedges

While it requires more work than a wooden fence, a tall hedge gives privacy and elegance to any yard.

Climbing Vines

Vines provide privacy while creating a whimsical look. 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.

Privacy Fence

A high, wooden privacy fence creates a sense of seclusion and is a great option for smaller yards or ones in urban areas.

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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