15 Gorgeous Garden Wall Ideas

Explore design principles for adding privacy and architectural interest to your yard.

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April 12, 2019

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Keep It Classic

This transitional estate garden features a fresh, white brick wall with an inky, Gothic-style arched door. Use a few pails of white paint to breathe new life into your traditional, garden wall and accessorize with manicured boxwoods and copper lantern fixtures for added brightness.

Built-In Displays

Create an artful display by adding built-in niches to your garden wall. Use the spaces to hold candlelit lanterns, display potted posies or to showcase sleek, ceramic planters you’ve collected over the years.

Go Horizontal

The only thing more head-turning than the warm, wooden fence is the perky pooch that’s sitting on the sofa. Recreate the stunning wooden wall for your contemporary or modern garden using slender, horizontal wood slats and a rich, cognac stain.

Customize Based on Architectural Style

Look to the architectural style of your home to draw inspiration for your garden wall project. A tailored mix of Japanese maples, tidy pine trees and weeping cherries are encased by a striking, Asian-inspired limestone wall. The garden structure features elegant, low walls and a unique, circular garden gate that is inspired by a traditional Tansu chest.

Envy-Worthy Living Ombre

Want to make a statement? Recreate this lovely, living wall to provide your garden with privacy and style. Skip the same-old ivy and use unexpected climbing plants, in varied hues, to create a unique ombre display that is sure to be the envy of your neighborhood.

Artisan Accent

Achieve a one-of-a-kind wall for your garden by outsourcing the task to a local artist. This striking, copper wall feature uses a jaw-dropping woven, design that wraps around three, young birch trees to provide the outdoor space with structure that doubles as art.

Urban Sleek

Don’t let city living stop you from creating the chic, garden wall of your dreams. This petite urban patio gains privacy from all the hustle and bustle via a cool, custom wall built with salvaged wood.

Dressed to Impress

Bring the beauty of European gardens into your backyard by recreating this elegant, ivy-covered stone wall. The lush, climbing foliage creates an unmatched backdrop that both enhance the beauty of garden blooms and provide a sense of cozy intimacy to the area.

Soothing + Sleek

Bring an element of surprise to your modern or contemporary garden with a sleek, concrete wall and water feature duo. This tiered wall design provides garden guests with enchanting sounds of water plus a place to sit and enjoy the view.

Consider the View

Embrace your surrounding landscape by taking notes from this contemporary, low-level garden wall. The concrete wall was crafted with a sizable cut-out to provide the garden uninterrupted, sweeping views of the desert below.


Effortless Style

If your garden has an organic quality, with overflowing (read: overgrown) blooms for as far as the eye can see, listen up! Create a wall that enhances the varied texture and colors in your garden, rather than drawing attention to any imperfections that may be present. This sloped, cobbled stone wall is ideal for this setting, as it features a rich, pebbled surface and earthy tone that blends seamlessly with the natural, garden landscape.

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Cool Contrast

Consider your garden wall plans to be your opportunity to make an edgy statement in your modern or minimalist outdoor space. High-contrast creates high-style in this modern garden, where a chic, black wall serves as a backdrop to aqua-washed boulder sculptures and provides privacy.

Consider Colors

Create a handsome garden wall by carefully selecting materials that complement one another in texture or tone. This beautiful barn home boasts a garden wall crafted from slate and sand-colored stones accompanied by golden, wood entry gates. The slate stone complements the varied gray hues used to paint the main house, while the sandy stones mirror the warmth of the wooden gates.

Smear Campaign

Traditional, white-washed brick walls will make handsome additions to any rose garden. We’re smitten with this German Smear stunner because of its elegant, ivory arches and the stately pillars used throughout.

Soften the Stone

You want to be sure to select a garden wall design that provides your space with structure and privacy, without stealing the spotlight from your plant babies in the process. One way to soften the impact of a substantial stone wall is by adding a built-in flowerbed to the structure itself, as pictured above. This approach will give your wall an organic quality that allows it to fit seamlessly with the garden it encloses.

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