Most homeowners want their gardens to be private, but a lot of things can get in the way. Narrow lots, multi storey townhouses rising next door, and other urban challenges often make it hard to block neighbouring views. But landscapers and gardeners have a few tricks for making a space feel more secluded.
First, sit in the garden where you want more privacy and figure out what sightlines you’d like to block. That will help you decide whether a fence or other structure is the best solution—and, if so, how tall. Fences are a quick and relatively inexpensive way to create privacy. Some prefer hardwood over softwoods, but be sure to check local building codes for restrictions on fence height. For Fencing Cheltenham, go to www.greenfieldsltd.co.uk/services/fencing
For a natural garden privacy solution, try planting trees to frame a space. A mix of deciduous trees (which can provide autumn colour and flowers) and evergreens can work well for summer privacy, but you’ll need to prune them regularly to keep them from becoming a nuisance.
Another option is to use shrubs and screening plants to make a garden more private. A few strategically placed acacia, yew, and juniper plants can do the trick. Ornamental grasses can be effective, too, though they may not offer as much coverage as a hedge or taller perennials.
Vines are a great way to add privacy to a garden, too. These fast-growing plants can cover a fence or dress up a pergola, and they come in colours to match any landscaping style.