Landscape Design for Privacy: Thoughtful Solutions for Creating Your Own Outdoor Oasis

September 13, 2013

It’s a Sunday morning, the sun is shining, you have a cup of coffee in one hand and the paper in the other.  As you step out your back door, in your robe and slippered feet, you’re instantly greeted by your neighbors sitting on their back deck with a clear view into your yard.  You smile, wave and say good morning as you awkwardly pull your robe tighter around your waist and try in vain to smooth your frizzy bed head hair.  Your private moment with the paper has been ruined. 

Does this sound familiar?  Some of us like to have open yards where we can chat easily with our neighbors, even share space.  But let’s be honest, as much as we like (or dislike) our neighbors, most of us crave privacy, especially in our yards.  Our yards are our escape from the rest of the public world –  it’s OUR very own little piece of private sanctuary.  Sometimes we want a true barrier, with no visibility from one side to the other.  In other cases we want light screening to help define one space to the next or to provide a little distraction from what lies beyond.  Whatever your intent, here are some creative ways to add privacy to your yard.

In this case, the client wanted privacy from the neighbors for their hot tub.  Metal screens, mounted into a wooden frame with planters, provided the perfect solution.

Metal panels with cutouts Sublime Garden Design

Metal panels with cutouts
Sublime Garden Design

Metal panels with cutouts Sublime Garden Design

Metal panels with cutouts
Sublime Garden Design

A tall hedge of arborvitaes not only offers privacy but defines the edge of the property and acts as a nice backdrop for plantings in the foreground.

Arborvitae hedge Sublime Garden Design

Arborvitae hedge
Sublime Garden Design

 

This paneled fence acts as a barrier and separates one space from the next.  However, the large square “cutouts” also create framing for the view beyond.

Garden fence panels Vashon Garden Tour

Garden fence panels
Vashon Garden Tour

 

This square lattice panel provides light screening and would be the perfect structure to grow a climbing plant.

Wooden arbor with open lattice Sublime Garden Design

Wooden arbor with open lattice
Sublime Garden Design

 

This multicolored wall, with open windows, is a creative entry to the garden.

Garden entry Vashon Garden Tour

Garden entry
Vashon Garden Tour

 

A detailed wooden fence with an arbor provides complete screening while being visually pleasing.

Wood fence with arbor Sublime Garden Design

Wood fence with arbor
Sublime Garden Design

 

What creative ideas for screening have you come up with?  We’d love to hear your ideas.

 

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