Need Privacy? DIY Garden Privacy Ideas


Most of us have wished for a little more privacy in our yards and gardens…unless you live on acreage, chances are you have a neighbor just a little too close. No matter how tight you are with your neighbors, you just might want to feel a little less exposed when enjoying your own outdoor space.

Deborah Silver has this great privacy wall for us made of wooden posts and planters filled with herbs and succulents. While you don’t necessarily have to employ hard carved posts, the idea can be copied by anyone! Prefer flowers? Stick to a color theme and go for it! Just be sure if your privacy fence is in the shade, you choose shade plants, or likewise for plants that need full sun.

Plant wall privacy fence


GardenCams offers us this easy solution if you have a balcony space… Morning Glories planted in containers, then grown up a string trellis for a living privacy fence! Looks great from both sides, and is budget friendly!

Morning glory provacy


Martha Stewart shows us how to use rain gutters to create a container garden that doubles as a privacy screen. We love how they used copper gutters!

Copper gutter garden


These up-cycled old doors are hinged together to create a very cool privacy screen… We would advise sealing it with a good exterior grade polyurethane to protect it from the elements.

Upcycled door privacy


Apartment Therapy recently featured this fence created from recycled metal… This looks like art!

Recycled fence


Privacy curtains are still a great choice for a more traditional garden space… just be sure to use fabric that is graded for outdoor use. Other options? Use cheap fabric shower curtains…they are naturally mildew resistant, and they are so cheap you can throw them away at the end of the season! Photo from ‘Houzz‘.

yard privacy ideas

‘Lowes’ has a quick and short tutorial on how to make this privacy curtain.

Garden Curtains


Use artistic panels created with wood frames, and filled with wire mesh and panels of polycarbonate material, or even mesh fabric. Check out this example from ‘Houzz’.

yard privacy ideas


Consider raising your containers to offer privacy to your porch or deck. If you can’t create these awesome built-ins, raise your containers up using stands and tables. Another photo from ‘Houzz‘.

yard privacy ideas


Finally, use larger plants in containers that can be moved to provide privacy where you need it. Using bamboo to modernize your garden can also create a natural screen. Photo from Bamboo Garden.


 Which one is your favorite?

Image Credits: Deborah Silver, Gardencams, Martha Stewart, desiretoinspire, Apartment Therapy, houzz, Lowes, Bamboo Garden




  1. Ethel Levangie says:

    Hi, I think the ideas are great. I’d like to know what was used to hang the baskets or pots on to the poles, I can’t quite make it out from the pictures.

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      This came from this blog –
      Not sure but think they made the special hooks themselves?

      • The first picture of my blog post about Barry’s screen is a detail of the hook he made from galvanized wire that holds the pots. Yes, he designed and made the hooks himself.

    • Anna Williams says:

      you can buy ready made “S” hooks at wal-mart. If they won’t stay on pot, I would try tying fishing line to the top around the indented rim. before cutting fishing line, tie off a loop also and hang that from the “S” hook. I love this whole idea, especially for herbs or small viney things like Wandering Jews. the purple and silver of the plant would look really nice!

      • Anna Williams says:

        Also the last picture looks like bamboo which I avoid at all cost! The stuff is strong and prolific! My neighbor planted a small amt next to his side of a privacy fence and it took over his AND our yard. New stalks continued to come up in our yard as hard,, round, fast growing weeds! And they were doing this ALL OVER OUR YARD. It can grow across several feet. DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE BUYING BAMBOO! It was even trying to come up under our backyard pool. We have since moved but I hear the new people and new tenants (in the bamboo house) are both fighting like h%$^& to cut it back!

        • Kathy Woodard says:

          Anna… we have a whole post on Bamboo o that talks about just that problem!

        • *contained* you must keep it in a very strong large deep container. Thats the big mistake your neighbor made.

        • PLEASE, PLEASE only plant bamboo in containers, if you must plant it at all. Once it gets into the ground it will go to any depth to get into the water table! Especially in areas such as deserts our environment could do without it.Thanks

        • Anna Desmond says:

          Just buy the non-invasive bamboo type (it does exist = ask your nursery person). Put in metal troughs, so none ‘escapes’!

          • Yes, exactly. Metal troughs or very secure planters of NON-invasive bamboo. Other types have roots that shoot to the side…these of which are not so neighborly. ;)

        • Our township does not allow bamboo
          Many residents have bamboo and as you state, very invasive
          Bamboo must be contained which is not easy

          • Kathy Woodard says:

            Again, while this would apply to running bamboo, clumping bamboo is not invasive and has the same look.

    • they are wire plant holders that wrap around the pot under the lip and have hook

  2. Gutters, morning glory’s and old doors, oh my! Love all the great ideas!

  3. I love the screens idea! It doesn’t say stay out or come in… And it is more likely to last all yearlong. Thanks for the ideas!

  4. Nita Holstine says:

    Loved the Morning glories climbing up the trellis. We don’t need privacy but we have LOTS of Morning Glories. Started out with 4 little plants and now, they spread out over a 40 foot by 40 foot space. Beautiful. Thanks for the great ideas.

    • Anna Desmond says:

      Morning Glory is considered a noxious weed in Australia – we can’t buy or use, are not allowed to do so. There are plenty other creepers to use though, not the least sweet pea!

  5. Everything is fabulous…love the raised planters, mainly I think because I was drawn to the architectural shade structure – a typical arbour with trellis on top to provide more shade. Need me one of those (well to hold the grape vine as well!).

  6. Karen R says:

    I like the idea of using inexpensive fabric shower curtains, but NOT the idea of throwing them away at the end of the season. They can easily be washed and donated if no longer wanted.

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      I agree if they are still in reusable condition! However, after a season in the sun and rain, many of them just are not reusable after that!

  7. Jeralyn A. says:

    I love your DIY ideas! The privacy article is super! I especially love the vintage doors hinged together to form a screen. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  8. What is planted in the gutters? Love the ideas.

  9. The first couple of photos, of the pots hanging by the lips so that what the neighbor sees is a bunch of clay pot bottoms, that seems a little … unneighborly?

    • I think if you would place every other pot opposite sides most plants that trail, will bush out as well, and hide the bottoms of the pots. Or you could get creative and cover the pot bottoms with some art. Or old but pretty dishes from a thrift shop maybe.

      • Mary Garvey says:

        Genius! That’s the way my mind works all the time! It’s exhausting! Thanks for the great idea for “pot bottom art”!

  10. We have been considering putting together old doors in our side yard to block neighbor’s view, but do not know how to secure them from heavy winds. Recommendations are welcome.

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      The only thing I can say has worked for us for windy areas is posts set into quick setting concrete!

  11. Love all the great ideas!

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