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 wasnÃ¢ 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 heÃ¢ d added. I consider my neighbour a friend, but we arenÃ¢ t that close.
In figuring out a solution to the issue, I came across several additional methods of making oneÃ¢ s garden look and feel more secluded.
Screen your garden from above
Mask those street sounds
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
Put up an actual fence
Lattice can screen without blocking
Create garden rooms
Make use of planters and containers
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.