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Next IMAGE 1 OF 10 Photo by Andrew Drake When You Want to Be Alone Privacy Plantings Layered Privacy Plantings Container Gardens for Deck Privacy Fences and Walls Stone Wall Topped with Fencing Masonry Walls with Ornamental Ironwork Panels and Pergolas Lattice, Wood Panels, and Ornamental Ironwork Using Fountains to Mask Noise When You Want to Be Alone There was a time you could kick back in glorious solitude right in your own backyard. Then the family next door cleared some trees on their lot. And on the other side, the neighbors’ new master suite includes a second-story deck with nice views—into your yard. Suddenly, you feel like you’re living in a fishbowl. As larger houses occupy ever-smaller lots and the demand for outdoor living areas grows, privacy is at a premium. And it’s not just about prying eyes invading your space—you may want to shield your own view of your sunbathing neighbors and block out their chatter. There are myriad ways to add privacy in the landscape, from putting in perimeter plantings to building fences, stone walls, or garden structures. Here, staggered wooden boards are stained in soft shades of black, yellow, green, and red. They create a one-of-a-kind privacy fence softened by shrubs in front and a feathery tree canopy overhead. Pages12345…next ›last »
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Landscaping For Privacy

The ideal solution is to install a tall fence or wall to obtain complete privacy, but city building codes usually limit fence heights to 6 feet or lower. However, there are other methods you can use to increase privacy without violating building codes. Keep in mind that none of these solutions will provide total privacy, so expect to make some tradeoffs.

Landscaping For Privacy

Add a privacy screen. While you want your front yard to be more open and friendlier, you still want to balance that with a bit of privacy. After all, no one really wants to be on stage or display, do they? There are ways to create some friendly privacy so that your message is still one of, “Hello, neighbor!”
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Landscaping For Privacy

Fences are a popular and versatile privacy option. They come in a range of materials, colors and styles that offer varying degrees of privacy. A solid fence, like the one around the pool, is a great way to create complete privacy in a yard. Design by Rate My Remodel user RandyAngell
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Landscaping For Privacy

When You Want to Be Alone There was a time you could kick back in glorious solitude right in your own backyard. Then the family next door cleared some trees on their lot. And on the other side, the neighbors’ new master suite includes a second-story deck with nice views—into your yard. Suddenly, you feel like you’re living in a fishbowl. As larger houses occupy ever-smaller lots and the demand for outdoor living areas grows, privacy is at a premium. And it’s not just about prying eyes invading your space—you may want to shield your own view of your sunbathing neighbors and block out their chatter. There are myriad ways to add privacy in the landscape, from putting in perimeter plantings to building fences, stone walls, or garden structures. Here, staggered wooden boards are stained in soft shades of black, yellow, green, and red. They create a one-of-a-kind privacy fence softened by shrubs in front and a feathery tree canopy overhead.
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Landscaping For Privacy

There was a time you could kick back in glorious solitude right in your own backyard. Then the family next door cleared some trees on their lot. And on the other side, the neighbors’ new master suite includes a second-story deck with nice views—into your yard. Suddenly, you feel like you’re living in a fishbowl. As larger houses occupy ever-smaller lots and the demand for outdoor living areas grows, privacy is at a premium. And it’s not just about prying eyes invading your space—you may want to shield your own view of your sunbathing neighbors and block out their chatter. There are myriad ways to add privacy in the landscape, from putting in perimeter plantings to building fences, stone walls, or garden structures. Here, staggered wooden boards are stained in soft shades of black, yellow, green, and red. They create a one-of-a-kind privacy fence softened by shrubs in front and a feathery tree canopy overhead.
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Landscaping For Privacy

There are a variety of ways to increase the privacy of your yard. Some of the options include adding a fence, wall, lattice screen, or row of trees or hedges. Your property conditions, desired level of privacy, local building codes and personal taste will dictate which method you select.
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Landscaping For Privacy

There are myriad ways to add privacy in the landscape, from putting in perimeter plantings to building fences, stone walls, or garden structures. Here, staggered wooden boards are stained in soft shades of black, yellow, green, and red. They create a one-of-a-kind privacy fence softened by shrubs in front and a feathery tree canopy overhead.
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Judging by the other neighborhood trees, I’d rule out Italian Cypress based on the landscaping zone. These are way too small to be giant greens. They could be emerald green arborvitae, but if so, they don’t have much room to grow. I would deduce these are Degroot Arborvitae based on color, size and shape.
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When privatizing your yard, you should also be considerate of your neighbors. Avoid blocking desirable views from their property, and consider how trees or a privacy screen will impact the enjoyment of their outdoor space.
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Consider stainless steel for utilitarian purposes as well, such as with this gate. A gate like this is not intended to keep animals in or out, nor is it for privacy. It does, however, establish garden boundaries and does so with style.
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Big, bold container gardens are ideal for creating privacy, especially if you have a small space such as a deck or patio. Plus you can find containers and plants to fit any landscape style. Here, large metal containers hold majestic palms for a modern look.
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AFTER: Strong intersecting planes and warm, earthy colors mark the entrance of the home. From the curb to the front door, the entry path is designed as a series of layers. This promotes privacy as well as encourages garden intrigue. The protruding concrete wall blends seamlessly with the walls added by Port. Blueberry bushes planted in front of the lower concrete wall were already producing this past summer.

Privacy extends beyond your sense of sight. Install a fountain, stream, or other water feature to muffle bothersome sounds. Or look for plants, such as quaking aspen and many types of ornamental grasses, that rustle in the breeze.
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Use Containers Big, bold container gardens are ideal for creating privacy, especially if you have a small space such as a deck or patio. Plus you can find containers and plants to fit any landscape style. Here, large metal containers hold majestic palms for a modern look. Get more container garden ideas.
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Because it’s on a corner lot, this house has three doors that give undesirable access to passersby. Plus, there is virtually no privacy anywhere in the yard.
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Mask Sounds Privacy extends beyond your sense of sight. Install a fountain, stream, or other water feature to muffle bothersome sounds. Or look for plants, such as quaking aspen and many types of ornamental grasses, that rustle in the breeze. Don’t miss these great water garden ideas!
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hgPG-2410852-privacy_sicrb_before_new Because it’s on a corner lot, this house has three doors that give undesirable access to passersby. Plus, there is virtually no privacy anywhere in the yard.
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If your space is limited, consider the use of raised beds or containers to provide height. Or use a climbing plant such as a rose, clematis, or creeping fig. “A vertical trellis with vines or clinging plants can create privacy in small areas,” says Hill. “There are lots of options on the market, but you also can DIY something from wood or metal.” Plants that naturally grow in a columnar shape, such as yews, junipers or bamboo also work well in tight spaces, says Hill.
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Think about how much time you want to spend manicuring your plants, says Hill. “I’ve seen homeowners standing on stepladders trying to prune 15′ tall privacy hedges,” says Hill. Clipped hedges, such as formal boxwoods, require more effort than a more informal, natural look such as viburnum. Decide how often you really want to spend your weekends with hedge trimmers in hand.
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6 Go vertical. If your space is limited, consider the use of raised beds or containers to provide height. Or use a climbing plant such as a rose, clematis, or creeping fig. “A vertical trellis with vines or clinging plants can create privacy in small areas,” says Hill. “There are lots of options on the market, but you also can DIY something from wood or metal.” Plants that naturally grow in a columnar shape, such as yews, junipers or bamboo also work well in tight spaces, says Hill. Christopher Baker
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8 Be realistic about maintenance. Think about how much time you want to spend manicuring your plants, says Hill. “I’ve seen homeowners standing on stepladders trying to prune 15′ tall privacy hedges,” says Hill. Clipped hedges, such as formal boxwoods, require more effort than a more informal, natural look such as viburnum. Decide how often you really want to spend your weekends with hedge trimmers in hand. Lisa Hubbard

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