Garden Privacy Ideas: How To Make Your Garden Private

Garden privacy is a must, and especially for those who spend most of their time in their outdoor space lounging on outdoor sofas and the like (no judgement here!). This also lets you enjoy endless hours in your backyard without worrying about too much sun exposure, and of course, curious passersby.

If you’re looking for clever ways to create privacy in your garden, then this blog post is the place to go. We’ve curated a list of different ideas, as well as pictures to inspire you to create that perfect private garden experience.

These ideas (garden shade ideas) will also come in handy if you wish to add a shady spot to your garden. Let’s get started!

1. Tall wooden fence

A simple choice to maintain your privacy in your garden.

A simple tall, wooden fence for added privacy outdoors

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2. Fence planters

Use a more natural screen for your garden with some tall plants and still maintain some colour.

Natural screen/fence for privacy with some tall plants

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3. Black planks

For a more modern look, try black vertical fencing for your garden.

Modern look backyard with black vertical fencing

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4. Hedge and wood

Plain wooden screens make a great backdrop for an arrangement of well-pruned trees.

Plain wooden screens with well-pruned trees around

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5. Light wood

Light wood, alongside pale tones of grey and white, creates a feeling of space.

Light wood garden fence, alongside pale tones of grey and white outdoor fixtures

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6. Beautiful bamboo

Give your garden an oriental feel with bamboo fencing. It not only looks great; it’s strong and durable so won’t need replacing too often.  

Oriental vibes outdoor space with bamboo fencing

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7. Bamboo privacy screen

Bamboo plants also make great privacy screening as they’re evergreen so won’t lose their leaves in the winter!

Bamboo plants as privacy screening

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8. Small fence

Small fences allow you to separate distinct areas of your garden for different uses, giving privacy to your seating area.

Small fence providing privacy to an outdoor seating area

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9. Cosy deck

A modern decked area with a gazebo helps provide privacy from overlooking neighbours.

A modern decked area with a gazebo and wooden fence

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10. Pretty privacy

Trellis with climbing flowers and plants make an attractive privacy screen that changes with the seasons!

Trellis with climbing flowers and plants as privacy screens

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11. Pebbles and fire pit

Black fencing gives a modern feel to this small garden featuring wooden benches and a fire pit. All the privacy you need for stargazing at night.

Small garden featuring wooden benches and a fire pit with black fencing

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12. Recycled roof parts 

Get creative with this low-budget solution for your privacy issues. Recycle sections of roofing to create a brand new wall!

Recycle sections of roofing, creating a brand new wall

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13. Tree line

A classic but attractive way to keep your backyard private.

A tree line keeping a backyard private

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14. Modern garden screen

Light-coloured, contemporary-style screening gives off Mediterranean garden vibes. 

Light-coloured, contemporary-style screening

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15. Hanging plants

Hanging plants bring some life to what was a plain black fence. 

A plain black fence with hanging plants

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16. Wooden pergola

Pergolas give added shade and privacy to your garden. 

Pergolas give added shade and privacy

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17. The sanctuary

Go for a pergola with side panels so you can grab a comfy seat in a cosy corner whilst maintaining your privacy and garden screening.

Pergola with side panels

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18. Tall fence with trellis

Add some life to your fencing with some hanging plants. 

Tall, wooden fencing with some hanging plants

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19. Wood to extend wall

Use wood panels to extend your low wall for extra privacy. You could even use some leftover panels to hide that unsightly shed!

Wood panels extending a low wall for extra privacy

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20. Vertical garden wall

A way to remain connected with nature while gaining some privacy in your backyard.

Vertical garden wall

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21. Wooden planks

Good for gaining privacy or for separating spaces in your garden.

Wooden planks for separating spaces in the backyard

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22. Short wall with trees

Give your boundary some extra height by adding trees and bushes. 

Trees and bushes for added privacy

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23. Privacy panels

For extra privacy without having to change your fencing, add some wooden privacy panels and gain further some shading. Look for some water feature garden ideas to add a focal point to your space.

Wooden privacy panels

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24. Small corner

Grow some climbing plants on your wooden screen for that extra bit of privacy. 

Climbing plants on a wooden screen for added privacy

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25. Black fence

Black fencing gives a garden a more contemporary feel. Add some lighting so you can enjoy your garden space into the evening.

Black fencing, giving off a more contemporary feel.

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26. Feline friendly rooftop

If you have cats, they’re gonna love this one. Plus it adds some extra shade to your rectangular garden!

Feline friendly rooftop perfect for cat lovers

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27. Curtain

A simple, budget-friendly solution if you want to add some privacy to a small space.

White curtains that adds some privacy to a small space

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28. Flower dividers

You can always add some colour to a simple privacy divider with climbing flowers.

A simple privacy divider with climbing flowers

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29. Raised garden bed with privacy wall

Add raised garden beds along your fencing to bring it to life. 

Raised garden beds along your fencing

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30. Curtains in the middle of garden

Choose whether to separate your seating area from the rest of the garden with curtains and large umbrellas.

Separated outdoor dining with curtains and patio umbrella

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31. Consider frosted glass

Frosted glass can make things feel more private on your patio or rooftop. It creates a modern border while giving the illusion of space.

Decorate it with stylish outdoor furniture and decors for a more modern feel to the plot.

A balcony with frosted glass borders

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32. Go for a woven steel screen

This concept features a woven steel screen, painted chocolate brown, surrounded with native plants. The flat-bar pedestrian gate contrasts the garden’s spacing and pattern.

A woven steel screen, painted chocolate brown, surrounded with native plants

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33. Or opt for yellow cedar boards

For a house that’s close to the road and neighbour’s garage, screening is key. These cedar lattice boards provide the best screening solution!

The design of this privacy screen covers the garden at several levels.

Yellow cedar boards garden screening

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34. Colourful dividers for versatility

These stylish dividers create a subtle screen between areas on your patio or the plot next door. The woven cord screen is inspired by the Venetian islands, giving off a pop of brightness to the space.

Stylish dividers inspired by the Venetian islands

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35. Brick walls with ornamental panels

The corner part of this garden is a little more open – thanks to the solid brick wall and ornamental panels (half-and-half affair). The decorative panels allow light to pass through while offering a sense of privacy to the garden.

Brick walls with ornamental panels


This post has shown that privacy doesn’t have to cost the earth and can be achieved, even on the smallest of budgets.

We’ll be updating this post with more ideas in the future, so make sure you follow us on social media and you’ll never miss an update.

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