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, (or not!) you just might want to feel a little less exposed when enjoying your own outdoor space. No worries, if you are looking for backyard privacy ideas, this is the place to be! These DIY garden privacy screens and plants are the perfect solution to lookie loo neighbors or a busy street.




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.



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 backyard 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 garden privacy screen. We love how they used copper gutters for these backyard privacy ideas!


These up-cycled old doors are hinged together to create very cool backyard privacy ideas.  We would advise sealing it with a good exterior grade polyurethane to protect it from the elements. Photo by Emily Johnston Anderson at ‘Desire to Inspire‘.

Upcycled door privacy


Apartment Therapy‘ recently featured this fence created from recycled metal… This backyard privacy idea 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 privacy 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 backyard privacy curtain.


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 act as backyard privacy ideas exactly where you need them. Using bamboo to modernize your garden can also create a natural screen. Photo from Bamboo Garden.


 Which backyard privacy idea is your favorite? We think you will also love our posts, Privacy with Plants, and DIY Patio Privacy Screens!

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



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  1. Deanna Durica August 15, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Anytime you “upcycle” old painted doors, windows, or metal, please refer to EPA website on how to know if you are dealing with lead paint to keep yourself safe – intact paint is not a risk, but if you disturb it – or if it is already chipped- it can present a hazard to you or your family. Even small amounts of lead can disrupt a child’s development, making it harder to learn, pay attention, or exhibit self-control.

  2. michel420 August 12, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Love all the great ideas!

  3. mary April 9, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    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.

    1. Kathy Woodard April 11, 2016 at 1:40 pm

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

  4. Mark June 8, 2015 at 11:22 am

    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?

    1. Debi June 3, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      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.

      1. Mary Garvey September 18, 2016 at 10:00 am

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

  5. Lorna June 9, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    What is planted in the gutters? Love the ideas.

  6. Jeralyn A. May 30, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    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.

  7. Karen R May 21, 2014 at 5:14 am

    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.

    1. Kathy Woodard June 23, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      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!

  8. Karen April 18, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    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!).

  9. Nita Holstine March 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    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.

    1. Anna Desmond January 19, 2015 at 11:52 am

      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!

      1. Mary Sumpter May 1, 2015 at 5:10 pm

        Morning Glory grows wild in Bermuda, too, and we pull it up, even though it is pretty, because it chokes everything else in sight.

  10. Christine February 12, 2014 at 3:35 am

    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!

    1. Kathy Woodard February 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      Glad the ideas helped you Christine!

  11. [email protected] January 3, 2014 at 7:37 am

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

    1. Kathy Woodard January 9, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Grace!

    2. Lila April 17, 2014 at 4:20 am

      I agree! I love ideas for Balcony Gardens or Condos we need to see more of these.Thanks <3

  12. Ethel Levangie December 15, 2013 at 5:34 am

    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.

      1. Deborah Silver January 3, 2014 at 4:40 am

        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.

    1. Anna Williams June 21, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      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!

      1. Anna Williams June 21, 2014 at 10:21 pm

        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!

        1. Kathy Woodard June 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm

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

        2. laurie July 12, 2014 at 11:10 am

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

        3. gustywind December 28, 2014 at 12:28 pm

          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

          1. Jane January 16, 2015 at 10:49 am

            Some varieties of bamboo are not invasive and stay small. Check what you’re planting!

        4. Anna Desmond January 19, 2015 at 11:50 am

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

          1. D March 18, 2015 at 9:39 pm

            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. ;)

        5. CJ January 26, 2017 at 5:09 am

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

          1. Kathy Woodard February 7, 2017 at 12:25 pm

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

    2. dotti January 12, 2015 at 10:53 am

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


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