Summer is your time the best time to hang out and spend time with the people you love. Making sure your backyard is quiet and free of prying eyes is a must. We found the best solutions to create privacy in your backyard so you can enjoy the time with your family and friends while maintaining your privacy.
Fountains: Natural Zen
Adding a fountain to your backyard is a great way to keep out the peeping toms, while maintaining a natural and organic look. As an additional bonus, adding a fountain creates a white-noise effect, masking out unwanted external noises. With a wide range of variety, styles, and prices, there is a choice of fountain for every home style from east to west.
Fences and Walls
When it comes to privacy, low-hanging fruit options are fences or makeshift walls. Putting up a fence or wall allows you to enclose your backyard from neighbors, strangers, and animals (both domestic and wild). If a boring old wall or fence isn’t your style, our favorite creative option is a “living wall.” Similar to a fence, a living wall holds natural greenery from top to bottom; this rustic look is easy to maintain and easily becomes part of any backyard scape. For those with a more modern-style home/or those who love DIY recycling projects, look no further than an upcycle wine bottle wall utilizing old wine bottles of varying colors. Get directions to start your bottle privacy wall here, at hometalk.com.
Curtains: A Great Gatsby-Style Approach
With a dual purpose, outdoor curtains allow more than just privacy. Not only do curtains shield onlookers, but also help block out bugs, wind, and harsh UV rays. Keep in mind, however, that not all curtains are meant for outdoor use. Olefin is a lightweight, soft, durable fabric that doesn’t fade in the sun. Wayfair makes curtains that start at just $45. Looking for a DIY project? Olefin fabric can be found at local fabric stores and come in many styles, colors, and patterns. You can find a tutorial for a cheaper option, utilizing drop cloth and outdoor spray paint, here at tableandhearth.com.
For a more natural look, plant a tree! While this option may be for those with patience (and a green thumb), planting a tree will help you get privacy you desire. Ranging in cost, depending on size and tree-type, trees are suitable for everyone’s budget. When taken care of properly, they will grow and help to create a nice atmosphere and give you privacy for years to come. To save money, purchase trees at the end of the summer at a smaller size, in preparation for next summer, giving the plant plenty of time to grow.
Super-Sized or Climbing Plants & Flowers
If planting trees isn’t for you but you like the look of the greenery it gives, don’t worry; there are still plenty of options for you. Oversized or climbing plants and flowers allow you to have the privacy you want in the way you want, no matter your color preference, style, or location. Our favorites are Climbing Roses, Clematis Vines, Cherry Laurel, Fan Palm, and Privet. Matched with Privacy panels, these flowers and plants absolutely give the aloneness you’re looking for.
Growing Exotic Bamboo
The ultimate way to add privacy to your backyard is to grow bamboo. Bamboo plants can grow well beyond 5’ tall and last up to 15 years; most people get seven to 10 years out of them. Given its reasonable price and substantial amount of privacy and sun protection, Bamboo could be the option for you.
It’s all about preference and no matter your preference there are ways for everyone to add privacy to their backyard space. Four Seasons Sunrooms and Windows has got you covered for all your outdoor living needs. Contact us today for a free no-obligation design consultation today!