Unless you live in a sprawling ranch with several acres, chances are you have neighbors that feel a little too close. Backyard privacy is what you need, and I am here to give you the answer.

Whether your neighbors are good friends or less-than-desirables, boundaries make everything a little bit better. It’s hard to enjoy a backyard barbeque when you feel like your neighbors are in your space. Regardless of your lot size, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy having your own outdoor space.

hedges plants for fence line

Backyard privacy is easy to find with a little creativity and maybe getting a little dirty. There are several ways to increase your privacy and give yourself an outdoor oasis at the same time. We are here to help give you the inspiration and the creative genius to create your own outdoor space you can actually enjoy.  

Trees and Shrubs:

Going natural is always a good idea for creating privacy in your outdoor space. Choose trees and shrubs that are tall and dense, but don’t take up too much of your landscaping. Here are some of the best trees to use for a privacy fence:

·     Arborvitae Green Giant

This a dense evergreen commonly used to create privacy and block the wind. Its mature height is between 40- to 50-feet tall when grown alone but when planted in a row, the height is stunted to around 20 feet. It can easily be trimmed to a 6-ft hedge, which is more common for residential areas. It is a fast grower too, and is pest resistant and drought tolerant. This is a great option for Zones 4-8.

·     Leyland Cypress

The Leyland cypress is another fast-growing evergreen. It grows quickly both height and width, so be careful you have enough room for a spread. When using them for a fence, plans in full sun about 5-7 feet apart. It’s hardy and easy to maintain for Zones 6-10.

·     Canadian Hemlock

Also known as the eastern hemlock and the hemlock spruce, this is a fast-growing, long-living evergreen. They can grow to monstrous heights, and are adaptable to different moisture and soil conditions for Zones 3 through 7.

·     Willow Hybrid

If tree-growing was a race, the Willow hybrids would probably win with an average growth of 6-feet per year. They are best when planted in rows, but can still grow up to 30 feet or more. They work best in Zones 4 through 9.

·     Nellie R. Stevens Holly

The Hollies are another beautiful evergreen option that can thrive in full or partial sun and a variety of soil conditions. They are drought tolerant and don’t require a lot of mainentance. You’ll have full privacy growing at about 3-feet per year in Zones 6-9.

·     Eastern Red Cedar

The Eastern red cedar is a smaller, dense, aromatic evergreen. It grows about 20- to 40-feet tall and grows rapidly. It is drought resistant and heat tolerant and will adapt to a variety of soils through Zones 3 through 9.

It’s always it’s a good idea to check in with a nursery or landscaper to see what trees or shrubs might best fit your needs. Even if you have no yard you can use potted trees or shrubs on a balcony block off your space.

Trellis:

A trellis is a great way to add privacy, especially if you don’t have the land space for big trees. It still gives a beautiful green look, without taking up a lot of room. A straight vertical trellis can be created fairly quickly, and customized to incorporate your favorite plants.

trellis with large plants

You can find a ready-to-use trellis at most home improvement stores. However, you can easily create your own to adapt to your space. If you choose to make your own, choose your wood carefully. Cedar and fir are both great , but cedar is significantly more expensive.

Pergola:

A pergola is more permanent option for privacy that also gives you the added benefit of shade. You can use a pergola to create an instant outdoor living space complete with a seating area or lounge space.  

Of course, you can buy a professionally installed pergola that sits on your lawn or patio space, but there are several DIY options that look beautiful, function perfectly, and are significantly less expensive.

pergola

If a pergola sounds like a dream to you, make your own! Check out this helpful article: https://gardenlovin.com/12-pergolas-ideas/

Bamboo:

This gives you the benefit of tree coverage with the added perk of versatility. Bamboo trees grow well in planters, making them easy to move. You can put them exactly where you need them depending on the day, activity, or position of the sun.

bamboo trees

Vertical Garden:

This is the best of both worlds with a wooden fence basically filled with greenery. You can create a custom vertical garden for vegetables, herbs, or flowers that are overflowing with bounty. This is a win-win by screening in your yard and freeing up plantar space that you can now use for grilling or lounging outside.

pots in a row creating a wall of green
privacy trellis plants

You can find more vertical garden ideas here: https://gardenlovin.com/11-vertical-garden-designs/

Curtains:

Yes, you can actually put up curtains in the middle of your yard. It seems odd until you see how absolutely beautiful it looks. A few curtains gives you both privacy and extra seating. You can mount them along your deck, patio, porch, or build a custom corner unit. Make sure the curtains are made for outdoors with weather-proof fabrics.

drapes outside along patio
patio built in
90 degree angle patio drapes

Hedges:

This is one of the most beautiful and natural privacy solutions, but they aren’t always easy to come by and they take a while to build up to full privacy height. If you’re willing to wait, plant hedges early and by the time the neighborhood fills in, you’ll be glad you did.

·     Walter Viburnum

This plant grows well into a shrub or small tree, which makes it a great privacy option. An added bonus of the Viburnum is that is blooms in the spring. It creates small white flowers that are beautiful and attract butterflies. Cardinals and songbirds like to nest in it, which should be considered if it will be anywhere near your front door.

·     Boxwood

There are a few different types of boxwood you can grow as hedge. Most of them will easily grow 6-8 feet tall. Common boxwood becomes bushy foliage, a dark green leaf that’s commonly used in topiaries. Littleleaf boxwood is an evergreen popular for lower hedges, with fragrant leaves.

·     Sweet Viburnum

Sweet viburnum is a favorite for hedges, because it makes a dense screen or you can prune it into a tree shape. It also grows quickly. Many people like to use a “step-down” approach, with sweet viburnum in the back growing taller, with another hedge in the front that stays shorter.

large hedge plants

For more info on perfect hedges for yards, check out this article:https://gardenlovin.com/top-10-best-hedge-plants-zone/

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