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!
‘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‘.
‘Apartment Therapy‘ recently featured this fence created from recycled metal… This backyard privacy idea looks like art!
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‘.
‘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’.
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‘.
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.
Image Credits: Deborah Silver, Gardencams, Martha, desiretoinspire, Apartment Therapy, houzz, Lowes, Bamboo Garden