Garden screening ideas to help you create a private outdoor space


No Whether you want to sunbathe, host dinner parties, or create the perfect shaded reading spot, nobody likes to feel like they’re being watched.

That’s why garden privacy screens are a must have for anyone whose garden isn’t completely secluded from other properties and outdoor spaces. In this blog, we cover a range of different garden screening ideas that can help you create a private space this summer.

And, when you’re ready to get started, speak to a skilled garden landscaping specialist or fencing contractor to request a quote.

How can I screen my garden from neighbours?

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Garden structures

  • – This includes pergolas, sheds, summer houses, gazebos, arbours, or any other structure that can create a secluded area that blocks the view into your garden. You Read our planning permission guide to ensure you are aware of relevant rules and regulations.Screening plants
  • – certain climbing plants grow tall and dense, making them great screening options that can add a natural privacy feature. Ever Climbing plants such as ivy, honeysuckle, climbing roses and clematis are also a great way to cover a wall or fence to create a natural, living screen.Privacy screens
  • – you can also buy ready-made privacy screens/panels and fence screening, all of which are easy to install and position wherever you need them. You Check If Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons of some of the most popular privacy screening options, to help you decide which you should get for your garden:Type of garden privacy screen
  • ProsCons
  • Fence screening– a physical barrier that provides very solid privacy

– lots of materials and styles available to choose from

– highly customisable to suit the aesthetics of your garden

Picture of a garden with wooden panels acting as a privacy screen

– can sometimes create a closed-off feeling

– requires periodic maintenance, cleaning and painting

Hedging – offers a natural option that blends in well with your garden – can be trimmed and shaped to fit the desired height and size
– can grow with visually appealing and scented flower options – hedges take time to grow/create the privacy screen, unless purchased fully grown (which can be expensive)
– require regular pruning and maintenance as well as regular watering, fertilising, and pest control
Screening plants
– visually interesting natural screen that create texture and add colour
– some options grow fruits or flowers that are attractive and tasty, making them a natural garden decor choice
– can be planted in specific places, making them versatile in blocking out specific views – a space saving option when trained along a wall or fence
– screening plants require regular pruning to control growth and to maintain the desired density
– you have to train plants to make sure they grow in the right way
– plants take time to grow and create the screen
can grow out of hand and onto neighbouring properties if not looked after properly
Garden structures – versatile, lots of options to choose from (sheds, summer houses, pergolas, etc)
– highly customisable and can create a focal point in your garden
– very flexible in terms of where you can place yours, so you can position it to block a certain view and maximise privacy
– can be high maintenance in terms of cleaning and repairs, especially wooden structures that need to be treated periodically
– sometimes require planning permission to build (see planning permission guide for more information)
– can be more expensive than other garden privacy options
Garden privacy screens
– easy to install and to move around
– plenty of materials to choose from (including wood, metal, composite) to match different garden aesthetics – can be combined with plants to create layered privacy solutions
– Can block sunlight and airflow, creating a closed-off feel
– not as aesthetic (less of a natural garden feel), though you can grow climbing plants on your screening
– requires regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent dirt build up and damage
Your choice will depend on your preferences and needs, as well as the size of your garden. The Hire a gardener to do some routine garden maintenance jobs around your outdoor spaces, just in time for summer party season…
Do you need planning permission for a privacy screen? Whether or not you’ll need planning permission to set up privacy screens and other privacy features in your outdoor garden spaces mostly depends on whether your project falls under permitted development rights.
Read our planning permission guide to find out more about whether or not you’ll need to apply for permission or not, and the conditions and limitations you’ll need to stick to if you want to avoid applying for permission.
How can I make my garden more private on a budget?
Looking for cost-effective privacy features to help you block out the neighbours this summer? The below tips should help you out:
Inexpensive but fast growing plants,
shrubs or bamboo

can act as a natural privacy screen. If you get them as saplings, they’ll be even cheaper to buy, though you’ll have to wait for them to grow before they start acting as a privacy barrier.

Arrange the plants and pots you already have

strategically to create privacy in specific areas of your garden. If you don’t have a lot of plants, buying some tall or bulky options might still be a more affordable option than investing in screens or outdoor structures.

Picture of a garden with green lawn, hedge and white bench

Look for second hand

privacy screens

made from more affordable materials like PVC, and

browse online sales

and online marketplaces

  1. for bargain prices. Outdoor curtains and other waterproof fabrics are a cheap and versatile option, as they can be hung up in plenty of different ways to block out unwanted views.
  2. Try your hand at a bit of DIY fencing by buying affordable wooden fence panels and putting them together yourself. Simple fencing designs are easy to construct – it could be a fun summer project that might save you some money too!
  3. Repurpose materials – look around your house for any unused furniture or extra materials from past projects that you could repurpose and attach to your fence or outdoor structure and turn into privacy screens.If you’re making any alterations to a boundary you share with your neighbour, we recommend you speak to them first to avoid any disputes.What is the difference between a fence and a privacy screen? The main difference between fences and a privacy screens is their purpose. The Fence 01 They The They range from smaller, partial privacy screens to larger models that completely block the view into your garden.What is the longest lasting privacy fence?
  4. If you’re looking for a long-lasting privacy fence, the below options are known for being durable:Vinyl
  5. – vinyl is very durable and requires little maintenance. Vinyl Plus, vinyl comes in a lot of different colours and styles, meaning there will definitely be an option that matches your garden’s aesthetic.Composite
  6. – made from a combination of recycled plastic and wood fibres, composite looks like wood but has the added benefit of being low maintenance and highly durable. Like vinyl, composite is also resistant to weather, rot and insect damage.Aluminium

– highly durable, aluminium privacy fencing is also lightweight and resistant to rust. Aluminium does not rot or decay easily, making it suitable for rainy weather.

Picture of a garden with fence and trellis

Metal –

steel or wrought iron fences are strong and long-lasting. They’re also resistant to insects, weather and rot, though they do require some maintenance to prevent them from rusting.

Whichever you choose, it’s always a good idea to ensure that your privacy fence is installed correctly, so that you can maximise the lifespan of your fence. Speak to a skilled fencer in your local area to request a quote.

How do I make my fence taller for privacy?

There are lots of ways you can make an existing fence taller in order to increase your garden’s privacy. For instance, you could:

  1. Get a fence topper or fence extension that attaches to your existing fence posts, adding height and privacy
  2. Attach lattice panels to your fence, which are both visually appealing and increase privacy. You can install lattice panels using nails or screws
  3. Install a trellis or panel in front of the fence and train plants to grow on and above the fence height, creating a natural privacy layer
  4. Plant tall shrubs or trees along the fence line to create a barrier (opt for fast-growing plants to quickly reach the height you’re looking for)

Whatever you choose, keep in mind that it’s very important that you check local regulations before you extend your garden fence, as height restrictions do apply in some areas of the UK. You Find You Find