25 October 2020

Garden Hacks: 10 Ideas for Privacy Screens

A privacy screen is one of our favorite garden hacks. Fixed or portable, partitions with slats, grids, lattices, and translucent fabrics will block prying eyes—while welcoming sunlight and shadows into a garden.

We’ve rounded up 10 ideas for privacy screens, including five to buy:

Sliding Screens

Above: Cedar sliding screens filter in light in a restored farmhouse in Les Baux de Provence, a 15-minute drive from Arles. See more in The New Provencal Style: An Artfully Reinvented French Mas on Remodelista. Photograph by Katrin Vierkant courtesy of LSL Architects.

4-Panel Screens

Above: Available in four sizes and heights up to 54 inches, a four-panel Bamboo Screen Enclosure is available for prices ranging from $125.30 to $158.12 from Master Garden Products.Portable screens are versatile choice because you can move them around the garden) and when in not in use they are easy to store, folded flat.

Hornbeam Screens

Above: A row of small hornbeam trees (Carpinus caroliniana) are pruned tightly to create a flat screen against a fence. See more of this garden in our new Gardenista book. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.

Hornbeams are versatile small trees that are happy to be pruned into different shapes, from lollipops to privacy screens. In colder climates where they will lose leaves in winter, plant them in front of a fence to ensure year-round privacy.

Trellis Screens

Above: Constructed of cedar wood, a freestanding 2-Piece Planter With Trellis Screen is 84 inches high; $191.81 from All Things Cedar via Jet.

Vine Screens

Above: Two garden benches face one another in a shady spot beneath a pergola at Torrecchia Vecchia, designed by Dan Pearson. See more in Paradise Found: Designer Dan Pearson’s Modern Garden for a Medieval Castle. Photograph by Huw Morgan.

The open framework of a pergola serves as the perfect support for a screen of vines.

Balcony Screens

Above: A privacy screen designed to attach to balcony railings, the Dyning from Ikea is available in white (as shown) or Black for $14.99

Lattice Screens

Above: Photograph byNeil Landino Jr.courtesy of Janice Parker.On the side of a wood pergola, landscape architect Janice Parker installed a lattice trellis to help vines and climbers grow. “The combination [of pergola and trellis] provides the ideal support structure for growing perennials for additional privacy and shade,” she says.

Grid Screens

Above: A Standing Grid Screen is 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide; it is $21.25 from Store Supply.You can treat freestanding screen panels as a temporary fix that move around in the garden, or you can place them side by side and grow vines on them to create a permanent privacy wall.

Hedge Screens

Above: A tightly clipped hedge at water’s edge creates privacy without blocking views in a Los Angeles garden. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.

Ikea Screens

Above: From Ikea, a limited edition three-panel rattan Jassa Room Divider measures 63 by 53.25 inches; sold out on Ikea but is available for $178.60 on Amazon.

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