Using Plants For Privacy

Good fences may make for great neighbors but what if your outdoor space has no fence? While relaxing outside we usually want the feeling of privacy, even if we don’t completely have privacy. Using visual blockers, like plants or shrubs, can lend itself to a much more tranquil environment. The tall, thick, sound-blocking hedges that surround large estates are ideal for creating a private, non-fence yard. But that look is obviously not for everyone. For a quick and easy privacy “fence” or screen, take a minute to think about the ideal height that you’d require. For example, if you and your guests are mostly seated you may not need a very large plant or arrangement of plants. But if you are trying to create privacy on the second floor of your home you may want to think taller, as in a tree. When purchasing plants keep in mind that many lose their leaves in the winter, and your privacy will be lost along with that.

A privacy solution may be as simple as a vine plant, such as ivy or clematis, running upwards along a trellis. This works well if your outdoor space requires a “thin” privacy screen. Hanging plants work well in covered areas like porches. Simply stacking containers at varying heights with tall-growing plants will add lushness to your space as well as privacy. Here is some inspiration to get you started.

From left to right:

Ivy Porch Screen
Image credit: Martha Stewart

Rooftop Oasis
Image credit: Martha Stewart

Hanging Ferns
Image credit: Martha Stewart

Privacy With Potted Plants
Image credit: Norman A. Plate

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