A garden or outdoor space is somewhere to go to relax and unwind during the warmer months of the year, and during the colder months, we dream of all the improvements we can make once we’ve banished the frosts and snow.

Anyone planning a garden overhaul in the next few weeks might want tips on how to add layers of extra privacy so that the space can be enjoyed fully. Here are just a few ideas on how to do it.


Think about walls and screening options

A traditional garden fence that’s well maintained will always provide a good degree of privacy – but there are other screening options to consider.

For a more innovative and modern approach installing precast retaining wall systems can work very well. They can be used to screen off parts of the garden or to make interesting features – such as a raised area to host barbecues and socialise with more privacy.

If that isn’t quite the right look for your garden then consider screening rolls instead. They’re a sustainable option that can be made from a variety of materials including bamboo, or rattan. A fantastic option to choose if your fence panels need a makeover, too.

Choose some different varieties of climbing plants

Climbing plants and trellis are a superb, cost-effective way of adding privacy and screening to a garden. Think about choosing climbers like honeysuckle, jasmine, and clematis. These will grow quickly – and will provide a lush layer of greenery between you and everyone else (not only that, but they’ll also perfume the air beautifully – a bonus).

Invest in a water feature

When we think about garden privacy, it isn’t just about being seen – it can be about noise levels too. If you live near a busy main road or have noisy neighbours you might want an extra layer of peace to aid tranquillity.

A water feature can help with this, as it provides consistent but low-level noise that can only be heard by you. It is essential if you want to keep noise levels down in your own space but not disturb anyone else.

Pick a parasol or some awnings

How about some privacy that moves with you? Choose parasols! They can protect different areas of your garden from being overlooked and can be moved at random. They’re relatively inexpensive too.

If you’d like to consider something more permanent, then an awning is a great idea – and these can be attached to the rear of the house. They’ll provide shade from the sun in summer but mean you can sit in quiet contentment.

Consider a conservatory or summer house

A perhaps more expensive option, but one worth thinking about if your garden is larger and you’d like more privacy (and perhaps the ability to sit outside even in the colder months). A summer house or conservatory pretty much allows you to bring the outdoors in, and you can use the height of the building to your advantage especially when it comes to being overlooked.

Always ensure you check local planning laws – as a rule, a building can be 2.5 metres in height before a planning application is required.