10 ways to make your garden feel more private

10 ways to make your garden feel more private

Make your Garden your own Private Place


A common complaint, both in newer, fenceless developments and in more established inner-city suburbs, where the buildings tend to be closer together, is that gardens hardly feel private. It wasnâ t an issue that I gave much thought until my own neighbour added a storey to his home. Suddenly, my garden offered a fairly unimpeded view into the master suite heâ d added. I consider my neighbour a friend, but we arenâ t that close.

In figuring out a solution to the issue, I came across several additional methods of making oneâ s garden look and feel more secluded.

Screen your garden from above

  Installing an outdoor canopy was the method I began with. An outdoor-friendly material such as PVC-coated polyester, or 100 percent PVC for a more permanent solution can make your garden or patio feel instantly more private. As a bonus, it casts a muted, dappled light on your garden, keeping it cooler on hot days and creating ideal growing conditions for certain plants and herbs.

Mask those street sounds

Your garden isn’t going to feel very secluded if you’re always unintentionally eavesdropping on the conversations of passerby (and vice-versa). Depending upon where you live, traffic noise can be an issue as well. You can mask those sounds with more naturals ones. A water feature, for instance, replaces that noise with the soothing sound of running water. In addition, you can plant ornamental grasses or trees that make sounds whenever there is wind.

Trees and hedges can form a living wall

  Perhaps your neighbourhood has strict rules about building fences. Or maybe you’re concerned that a fence will spoil the looks of your neighbourhood or don’t want to offend your neighbour. In any case, planting trees and hedges can form a living wall that enhances the privacy of your garden. Landscaping your garden to include columnar trees and hedges, in particular, grow upward without expanding much (like a column) and only require between two and three metres of depth for their roots, meaning that you can plant an effective screen even in a small garden.

Fastigiate trees, or trees with a form that narrows toward the top rather than broadens, can also create effective privacy screens.

Plant a single tree

Traditional trees, the sort which spread outward as they grow, can effectively block an unwelcome view by themselves. The Golden-leaved black locust, for example, is relatively inexpensive and commonly used as a shade tree due to its fast rate of growth and ability to grow in poor soil.

Put up an actual fence

Your living wall will look more friendly than a fence, but this comes at the cost of being more expensive and potentially slow to grow. The most common method homeowners use to create a secluded space is to simply build fences. Your fence needn’t appear unfriendly, particularly if it is used as the backdrop to a garden. Adding some ivy or architectural touches to a fence can soften its effect as well.

Lattice can screen without blocking

Particularly if you have a small garden, the idea of a fence taller than your line of sight might feel a bit claustrophobic. A good compromise in this situation is lattice. Vines or climbing roses can soften the impact as well. In addition, lattice panels are often less expensive than building a traditional fence.

Create garden rooms

I’m not suggesting a full-on hedge maze, but your garden will appear more secluded if you can’t see all of it from one location. Rather than planting those hedges along your border, use them to divide your own garden into rooms and add a sense of mystery. Your guests (or children) will be keen to explore, and the mystery adds a sense of seclusion.

Make use of planters and containers

A less expensive replacement for a wall or fence can be a planter or container. A hydrangea or dwarf lemon tree in a planter can create an attractive and hardy boundary. Hydrangeas carry the bonus of tolerating shade or moist conditions, so if you’ve a shady garden, you can still plant these. In addition, they grow quickly and can grow to more than four metres in height.

Garden in raised flower beds

A raised flower bed can do much to add to your garden’s sense of privacy. Adding even half a metre to the height of your plants will bring your medium-sized plants as eye level, and allow the tall ones to obscure your view of your neighbour. As a bonus, if your garden landscape has issues with clay, rocky, or otherwise poor soil.

Using one of these methods, or a combination thereof, you can turn your garden into a private getaway free of traffic noise, and isolated from the prying eyes of your neighbours.

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