Privacy Screening Created Pretty

Even if you love your neighbors, then there are times when you just wish to enjoy your deck, patio or porch with a little solitude. But how can you create a “cone of silence” about you and still experience all that the great outdoors has to offer — trees, flowers, sunshine, sky as well as resident wildlife?

Inspired by many excellent tips in Marty Wingate’s new publication, Landscaping for Privacy, I took a trip through to discover the top ideas for screening, buffering and creating somewhat visual space from the outside world.

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That can be a cozy, inviting patio space, but look how close the construction next door stands, which makes it impossible for neighbors not to notice you. A very simple row of planters, full of lush palms, does the trick to screen the view. Once you and your guests are seated in this cozy outdoor living room, you’ll truly feel personal, thanks to that dwelling green partition.

Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture

Add a wow factor to an enclosed terrace with a gorgeous three-dimensional metal screening method. Perforated metal bands using a bronzy patina are “woven” in and out of vertical posts to make an outstanding garden wall. Add a few trees and a few strategically placed uplighting, and the distance gets dramatic and thoroughly personal.

Andrea Swan – Swan Architecture

A spacious deck is essential for backyard entertaining. However, with no clever privacy screens on the right, the owners likely would feel on screen. Just the correct height to make al fresco diners feel much less exposed, the slatted wood panels are mounted to the foundation.


Sometimes all you want to do is pull the curtains closed. Oh, wait — no curtains in your deck? No issue. This porch has been converted immediately into a sweet outdoor hideaway with the accession of affordable metal rods and panels of all-weather cloth on walls. It is a great solitude solution and also a smart way to protect yourself from gusts of wind.

Barbara Cannizzaro

An off-the-shelf bamboo pull color turns out a very small balcony into a spalike space for lounging. This is an affordable solution for tenants or individuals who need instant screening without a lot of tools.

Feldman Architecture, Inc..

I really like the bands of semiopaque glass that alternative with openings along this metal privacy fence. The horizontal lines create an attractive motif in this contemporary rooftop garden, echoing the arrangement of this dark wood decking and planter boxes.

Colors Of Green Landscape Architecture

Shhh! This narrow space feels like a secret garden where you may want to talk in a hushed voice. While the property is located very close to the neighboring one, the lush, textural row of clumping bamboo transforms it into a stunning and personal route enclosure. The only sounds you’ll hear are the crunch of your sandals throughout the gravel trail as well as the rustle of bamboo fronds when there’s a breeze.

Here is another economical, easy-to-create solution if you need to divide or enclose a backyard space. Check it out: The planters are in reality galvanized tubs, the kind you may find at the hardware or farm supply store. Punch drainage holes in the bottom of each tub, up them in a plant and row each with something tall and uniform. Any grasslike plant will do. When or if you need to move, you are able to take this green screen with you.

Debora carl landscape layout

This corner seating area is supplied with two custom concrete block couches facing a gorgeous copper fire bowl. The distance gains more solitude from the narrow ipe lumber installed in segments behind every couch. The overall design creates an exotic, tropical enclosure that can transport its occupants far from the outside world.

The Brick House

This easy midcentury brick house has a profound overhanging roof that protects its occupants from the harsh sunlight. With easy screens at the outer edge of the porch, the outside space is transformed to an open-air corridor. It is all the more effective due to this banded shadow play when the sunlight shines through the open horizontal slats.

Colors Of Green Landscape Architecture

Planting a green hedge often is the easiest way to screen a nearby property from perspective. The lines of the neat hedge echo those of the terrace, which makes it feel more like a freestanding architectural screen rather than a menacing wall. As a bonus, the hedge becomes a lovely backdrop to the perennials and ground covers planted at its foundation.

Verdance Landscape Design

Here is an entry backyard that gains excitement out of a row of slender Italian cypresses emerging like exclamation points facing a solid hedge. Privacy? Yes. However, this is also a gorgeous way to welcome guests and provide them a gorgeous trip to the door.

Urrutia Design

Instead of a solid fencing, how about a planted enclosure that feels like a green tapestry? Generously scaled teak armchairs plus also a love seat are located around a contemporary fire table, and people who sit feel protected by the tall, leafy hedging.

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