We’ve all had them, neighbors that are nice enough people, or maybe not so nice, and we don’t want to see them or their goings on every time we go outside or look out our front door. Maybe we can see their garbage cans or some other unsightly aspect of their landscape. Maybe they have lots of traffic coming and going. Whatever the reason, you can eliminate some or all of the undesirable view with do-it-yourself, privacy landscaping on your own property. Privacy screening can be accomplished with more than fences. Living, growing plant material is often the key.
A privacy screen acts as a wall in your outdoor garden room. Hedges, trellises, shrub or ornamental tree borders may act alone or in combination to block your view of the neighbor’s property and their view of your front yard.
·Shrub borders are more than a row of evergreen trees, although evergreens may be included in the shrub border. Some shrubs get tall and wide; these can easily block a view while adding flowering color to your front yard. This privacy screen for your front yard may be a row of the same kind of shrubs or an intermingling of different varieties. If you wish to include the same shrub more than once in a mixed border, repeat the same specimen every third or fifth shrub for consistency. Plant the same shrub in rows for a privacy hedge that can be natural or sheared into a formal privacy screen for the front yard.
·Climbing vines on a trellis or pergola can help in blocking a view while providing flowering color and attractive foliage. Evergreen vines can be combined with deciduous vines to carry the privacy screen through most months of the year. Display hanging baskets on a pergola with vines twining up the sides. Climbing vines can turn an open fence into a screen to block views of the neighbor and offer privacy while you are outside.
Large, spreading trees or shrubs can be the ultimate asset in providing privacy and blocking views. The easy to grow Rose of Sharon blocks the view in my front yard. As the plant material matures, even more privacy screening is provided. Winds are slowed and noise pollution reduced by a living plant screen.
Peace and privacy outside
If space allows, your privacy screen may be a double or even triple row of various plants. Tall, swaying ornamental grasses can assist with your year-round privacy if included with deciduous shrubs and trees. These add winter interest while blocking unwanted views. A row of containers can be placed between young specimens to block the view as they grow to full size.
Growing plants are an effective way to block an undesirable view in the front yard. They offer privacy when you are outside, enjoying peace and quiet. Different plants can work with other structures to offer attractive, living privacy screens.