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Backyard Landscaping with Privacy Screens

Updated on June 10, 2014

Creating Outdoor Rooms with Screens and Fences

A easy way to change the look and atmosphere of a backyard garden is to add screens and fences for depth and delineation. Most people use outdoor screens for patio privacy, but they are also great for creating outdoor rooms and sections in your garden.

Many of our outdoor spaces are exactly that, wide open spaces that have no character or dimension. Unprotected gardens often fail to flourish and even keeping the lawn fresh can be a impossible task. What a dull back yard needs is shelter, variation and unpredictability - key components to garden harmony.

Combine small fences, privacy screens and trellises with plants and rocks and you will soon have a backyard environment that offers cozy spots for you and your plants.

Image shows the Solid Cedar Screen Kit

Outdoor Privacy Screens and Dividers

A folding outdoor privacy screen is easy to move around and you can create your garden spaces in different areas depending on the season.

Easy Garden Landscaping with Portable Screens

Portable outdoor privacy screens
Portable outdoor privacy screens

Portable screens are cheap and offer the best way to quickly start your landscaping project. Privacy screens and small fences are available in many materials such as resin, wood, fabric, lattice, screening and even fabric panels on rods that flow in the wind.

Use them to break up the outdoor space with partitions and create a garden environment that offers interesting complexity. Setting up screened areas that act as alcoves and outdoor rooms offers instant rewards and also optimizes the chance of your plants to grow faster and stronger.

Many plants need shelter as they grow. Arrange fast growing plants along one side of the screen base. Once they have matured, you can move the screen to another location, leaving a organic fence or wall courtesy of your favorite plant.

This is a great way to create natural paths and walkways through your garden. If you want to be able to move your screens do not plant clingers near them.

Suncast FS4423 Outdoor Screen Enclosure

VIFAH V163 Acacia Hardwood Privacy Screen

Cedarlooks 0600550 Corner Accent Fence

boring flat garden
boring flat garden

Landscaping Ideas for Flat Gardens.

Trying to revitalize a neglected garden is difficult and finding inspiration to landscape a flat yard is even harder.

Even plants may have a hard time gaining a foothold in flat, open gardens because there is no shelter for them. If you look around you will probably see that the most vital plants can be found near house walls, in bush groups or along fences and rocks.

Very few plants like to stand in the open all day. With no shade and no natural elements to cling to you may soon have to accept to either have a lawn that needs constant watering, or ignore it and let the "garden" turn it whatever it can. If you have kids and dogs, it may soon become just another flat yard of hard-packed dirt where junk tends to accumulate in heaps.

The trick to giving your flat garden new life is to create shade and shelter. Depending on the climate conditions you may only want shade, or only shelter from wind, or a combination of both.

Most plants need shade and shelter to grow well.

Create garden islands.

Building complex rock and tree arrangements is costly and takes a lot of effort and time before they do their job. Instead, use folding privacy screens and short sections of fence to build small groups and alcoves.

You could for example get two privacy screen and arrange them in a L formation. Set them a bit apart so that the corner in the L is open. Get some pot flowers and rock decorations and place them along the screens. You now have a secluded sitting area that acts as an outside room. Make another one, or a lower section just for plants. Consider adding a fountain to the mix (such as a small self-contained solar fountain).

Make paths to the area by connecting with any fencing of your choice. Line the fences with fast growing plants.

Thanks to the islands you have created, the previously flat backyard is now more interesting with different elevations and obstacles that redirect your path.

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A Roll of Bamboo is Useful For Many Things

6'h x 8'w x 3/4" Natural Color Bamboo Fence Roll
6'h x 8'w x 3/4" Natural Color Bamboo Fence Roll

Bamboo sticks are a traditional way to do simple and quick landscaping.

Use one or more rolls to create garden partitions.

You can also lay them on a pergola for some shade.

If you have a pool, use Bamboo fencing as Tiki windscreens around it.


Landscaping with Arches, Arbors and Trellis Sections

Adding an arch, arch pergola or trellis that you allow to grow over will provide privacy while adding a vertical element to the garden. Train your morning glories and jasmine to climb the trellis so that you have color in the early mornings and late at night. Clematis is another fast climber which blooms with big flowers.

Winchester Trellis

CobraCo 3-Sided 6-ft. wide Gazebo Arch

Dura-Trel Camelot Vinyl Pergola Arbor White

garden lattice screen with plants
garden lattice screen with plants

Many privacy screens are fabricated from durable materials, which is good, but this also gives them straight edges and repetitive patterns. If you want to add a bohemian touch to your outdoor rooms you should try to use irregular and organic materials.

Reed and bamboo screens are cheap and very easy to set up. Even though they are made from natural materials they also stand the test of time surprisingly well. When you buy them new they may look almost too new, but this soon changes as they get weathered and sun bleached.

Another type of outdoor room enclosure material which is a favorite is the lattice type trellis screen. While this does have regular form, it offers a great foothold for climbing plants which will soften the impression.

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    • Charito1962 profile image

      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Yes, I think it's a good idea to have screens and dividers in lovely gardens. They do have an aesthetic touch!

    • Gayle Dowell profile image

      Gayle Dowell 

      4 years ago from Kansas

      I love to garden and these privacy screens would make a great addition to mine.

    • paulahite profile image

      Paula Hite 

      4 years ago from Virginia

      Love it! It was featured on our Facebook page today!

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      5 years ago

      These are some lovely privacy screens.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Those trellises and screens really enhance the garden.

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      5 years ago

      I like nice fences and screens to keep privacy in my backyard. Nice lens and great ideas.

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      5 years ago

      Beautiful! Great the one with the tree, and greenery around it...

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      Yes, I was looking for some new ideas for my yard. I like the backdrop for the table setting area.

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice, I enjoyed this idea, for back yard landscaping, great photos and reviews. Thanks.

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      'Vikk Simmons 

      5 years ago from Houston

      I'm been having a few problems with the neighbors and my dogs due to a lower fence line at the back. The bamboo privacy fence idea may be my answer at least short term. Thanks! Bookmarking on Pinterest and sharing. Great idea and something I forget about.

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      5 years ago

      These are very useful ideas for privacy screens. This is an excellent lens and thanks for sharing.

    • EllieHarper profile image


      5 years ago

      The screens really transform the outdoor space. I really like this idea.

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      5 years ago

      I like your ideas, they really add beauty to a yard.

    • flycatcherrr profile image


      5 years ago

      I really like the idea of using privacy screens to give some dimension to flat lots, while the trees are growing.

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      5 years ago

      If i had the money I would mask all of my ugly fences with something more attractive and natural looking. Great collection of ideas here :)

    • RebaC profile image


      5 years ago

      Yes, I was looking for something to disguise the area in my yard where the trash cans are placed. I was thinking of using the lattice type trellis unitl I saw the bamboo sticks. Thanks for the idea!


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