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45 Creative Ways to Add Backyard Privacy

By: Lauren Oster, H. Camille Smith, and Mina Hochberg

Looking for a way to bring privacy to your backyard without taxing your budget? Try one of these clever solutions for a more secluded outdoor space.

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Photo: Mom's Design Build. From: Mom's Design Build.

Get Growing With Grasses

Create a low-profile moment of intimacy in a larger outdoor area by planting ornamental grasses, as in the space surrounding this cozy fire pit and Adirondack chairs. This little idyll demonstrates that just a bit of gardening can go a long way: because these seats are so close to the ground, cultivating a bit of privacy is as easy as choosing plants that grow waist-high.

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Photo: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Or, Add Privacy With a Palm

A beautiful accent to any shady outdoor space (direct sun might burn them), potted palms add tropical flair while the sculptural leaves create a lush, living screen for added privacy. But, as tropical natives, these heat-loving plants are prone to damage in areas with harsh winters. Container gardening makes it easier to overwinter them indoors for year after year of frilly fronds.

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Construct a Hanging Screen

Add designer-grade privacy to any over-exposed outdoor area using basic hardware store staples. Our step-by-step instructions, below, will walk you through the build.

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Photo: Alexandra Rowley. From: HGTV Magazine.

Or, Hang Outdoor Drapery Panels

Hung on a nearly invisible cable, these floor-to-ceiling panels can move around the room to block out glaring light — or a nosy neighbor — with just a flick of the wrist. Image courtesy of HGTV Magazine; get more screened porch inspo, below.

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