Privacy Screens

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A fence and carefully chosen plants insulate a side yard.

  • A clamoring vine — here, Boston ivy — softens hardscape edges and adds another layer of privacy.
  • A door is a distinctive, uninterrupted signal of a private space; fitted with a small section of latticework, it includes a decorative element that repeats the design in the fence.
  • While the fence’s woodwork signals a secluded landscape, the lattice’s open weave filters both sunlight and views.
  • Low-growing shrubs, such as a dwarf globe blue spruce, provide a way to maintain a year-round, softscape barrier.
  • A carefully chosen selection of plants and materials — river rock, patterned pavers, variegated hostas, black-eyed Susans — offers low-maintenance beauty.

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A fence offers seclusion and a space for a pretty plant’s blooms.

  • Architectural details on hardscape elements can add visual interest to privacy elements. Here, a gentle curve keeps the eye moving along the top of the fence.
  • Rambling plants, such as this climbing rose, offer a pretty way to soften fences.
  • The tight weave of the open latticework fence screens the view while allowing for good air movement and filtering light to the semiprivate yard.
  • Grass that runs right next to a fence can prove difficult to mow; this backyard includes a wide berth, covered in gravel, to separate lawn and fence edge.
  • Tall trees and an elevated urn mark the end of the fence and continue the separation between public and private.

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Clusters of midheight to tall growers offer an appealing alternative to hardscape elements.

  • Most homeowners rely on hardscape elements for privacy, but in this secluded nook, oversize ornamental grasses backed by larger shrubs and trees stand in for a fence.
  • When the grasses are cut back in the spring, evergreen magnolia and Alaskan cedar maintain structural interest.
  • Located in a large container, a water fountain helps filter out noise from neighbors, making the yard feel more private.
  • While taller plants offer a natural “back” to the seating area, intermittent placement of midsize growers, including supplies a lower screen.
  • An array of plants in oranges, light greens, and purples, such as coralbells, creates an attractive color palette.

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Dress up a privacy barrier with accents.

  • In a mostly hardscape section of the garden, mixing materials heightens visual interest. Here, pavers combine with river rocks and shredded wood for a distinctive edge.
  • Garden ornaments, including an imaginative birdhouse planter and a series of bright purple paintings, adorn the fence.
  • A pair of metalwork obelisks provides a spot for vines to clamor up.
  • Staggered landscape elements, such as a raised bed, offer delightful garden details.
  • A tall wood fence gets a pick-me-up with a simple latticework top.

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A stripped-down fence and airy plants offer subtle screening from neighbors.

  •  Two oversize urns planted with rhododendrons mark the transition from public face to private space.
  • The open latticework fence offers a discrete but unmistakable barrier; bright green paint and wood framing gives it distinctive character.
  • Double doors are a steadfast signal of a secluded area; the latticework details and wood inserts neatly complement the contrasting fence pieces.
  • Lacy, branching trees gracefully arch up and over the fence for a soft, protective canopy.
  • A wispy groundcover of sweet woodruff softens the space between gravel pathway and fence.

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Depend on a Tall Fence

Decorative and useful hardscape pieces and plantings soften the lines of a towering fence.

  • Simple detailing, including a wide cap piece, breaks up an otherwise overwhelming facade on an extra-tall fence.
  • Hung on the fence, a decorative latticework sculpture serves as an outdoor-ready, artistic element.
  • A low stone bench, with river rock collected on top and at the base, offers an additional seating spot.
  • Near the base of the fence, lights provide a safety element and ambience for nighttime gatherings.
  • Groundcover and a midheight tree soften the geometric lines of the paved seating area.

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Plants and fence work in tandem to shield a front yard from view.

  • A pergola can be a decorative piece and a privacy element; here, it’s integrated into a fence.
  • A few shrubs and plants, including coleus, soften the narrow stretch of space between pathway and house.
  • Wisteria works in tandem with the more substantial privacy elements, including the stucco fence, to offer a second layer of screening.
  • Balanced on top of the pergola, a wide, shallow container contains trailing plants.
  • Two materials in the fence — stucco and wrought iron — break up what could be a static facade.

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Distinctive features play up the elegance of a private patio.

  • Most every fence needs edges and cap pieces; here an edge shaped into a curve and a cap piece in the form of a pyramid offer visual accents.
  • Several sizes of similarly styled containers, planted with sunny zinnias, can be moved into different positions within a secluded nook to offer another layer of privacy.
  • A trimmed boxwood shrub supports the style of the fence and closes the gap between public and private spaces.
  • Trees, including a Japanese maple, planted close to house and fence enclose the area overhead.
  • Richly stained wood doors break up a large expanse of stucco on the fence.

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