Plants are an extremely effective way to create privacy barriers in your yard or on your patio or deck. A privacy setup can be easily configured to meet your needs and style that keeps the prying eyes of nosy neighbors from peering into your business. It doesn’t matter either if you have ground to plant in or not; there are many options available to create the privacy you want.
When looking for plants to use to section off a part of your yard or patio, there are many options to choose from: flowering ornamentals, shrubs, vines, and ornamental grasses. It’s best to look for plants that grow tall, or climb, obviously, and fill in thickly within a short amount of time. These will create a nice, full privacy wall or screen quickly.
Not only is there a variety of different plants to choose from, but you can also tailor the design of your privacy screen or wall to best fit your living space. You can either grow plants in the ground or in containers, and you can use a variety of different structures to support the plants.
Some plants such as arborvitae or ornamental grasses can simply be grown without any added supports. This works well if you want to create a hedge or shorter wall that grows in thickly.
You can take advantage of existing walls or fences if they are already in place. This circumvents the need for you to build or purchase structures, saving a significant amount of cost but it also limits the height of your privacy screen to the existing fence or wall height. Add chicken wire or other wire strands to the wall or fence to give plants something to hold onto as they grow or climb. Trellis or arbors can be added to the outdoor space to give plants a place to climb. Wooden trellises and arbors are common and come in a variety of different sizes and shapes.
Some people like to think outside the box and use unconventional materials for the plants to hold onto. Metal is a great tool for climbing structures. Unlike wooden trellises or arbors, metal never needs to be stained and won’t rot or crack after being exposed to harsh sunshine, rain, and snow. Metal is also easier to form into curves, creating ornate patterns within the structure. You could even use an abstract stainless steel sculpture as a trellis for shorter climbing plants.
Different plants can be used in a variety of ways to create beautiful, functional privacy barriers or screens in your yard or along your patio or balcony. Plants can be grown in the ground or in containers depending on your preference and attached to a variety of different structures to accommodate your own personal style.
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