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Garden structures for privacy: fence and privacy wall ideas

Transform your garden into a dream hideaway with these creative privacy fence ideas.


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Key steps

Follow these tips to create garden privacy ideas that work for you:

  1. If you choose a stone garden wall, keep your space open by varying the height.

  2. Incorporate flowers and plants into your privacy fence ideas for a more natural look.

  3. Screens and curtains are a unique way to add privacy to certain areas of your garden – just make sure you keep them clean!

Ever felt you're not alone in your garden? Privacy may be difficult to achieve but it's certainly not impossible. Say goodbye to noisy neighbours and transform your garden into a personal retreat with these garden privacy ideas.

If you’re looking for garden privacy ideas, consider investing in a pergola. Once installed, climbing plants such as roses, clematis and jasmine provide a pretty and private area to relax.

Garden wall ideas

Outdoor privacy wall ideas don’t always have to make you feel like you’re closed in. With some creative thinking, you can create wall structures that both allow your privacy but also keep your space open and add to the style of your garden.

Here are some of our favourites to try:

  • Plant your way to an oasis: growing bushy potted plants gives you the cover you need and adds some foliage to your outdoor space. Get plants that spread out as they grow – like pink perennial basil or salvia leucantha.

  • Create a living wall: growing a living wall is a great idea to cover an exposed area. The only downside is that it requires a lot of maintenance.

  • Put together slat wall panels: a slat wall isn’t too complicated or costly to make. Hang plant pots on it and grow your favourite flowers vertically for something new!

Garden fence ideas

Yard fence ideas tend to be a little less obtrusive than walls and are perfect for smaller gardens or areas you want to feel more open.

Take a look at these creative privacy fence ideas for inspiration:

  • Repurposed shutters: get old windows or doors with louvers and line them up against the fence you’re intending to cover. Charming yet simple!

  • Classic picket fence: it’s hard to beat the charm of a white fence and low-cost vinyl versions won’t require re-painting either. It’s a win-win!

  • Composite panels: made with resin or plastic and wood, you can find many decorative options to upgrade even plain gardens. Try leafy patterns for something that fits in naturally.

Garden structures for privacy

If fences and walls aren’t really your thing, then you need unique garden screening ideas that’ll give you the privacy you want and add a stylish touch to your outdoor space.

Here are a few interesting options we like:

  • Bamboo screens: these screens add a natural look to your garden and keep your space light and open.

  • Curtains: opt for light colours and thin fabrics to close off areas of your garden for privacy. Make sure you wash them regularly using a good detergent like OMO.

  • Laser cut garden screening ideas: wooden screens with laser cut designs add a bespoke and unique touch to an outdoor space but they may be a little pricey.

Whether it’s the more rustic ideas that appeal to you or you prefer something a little more floral, try one of these garden screening ideas to add a little privacy to your yard. For more ideas like these, read this article on how to make your garden your favourite spot of the house.

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