9 Best Garden Screening Ideas

The garden is one of the most versatile elements of a property. And, consequently, one of the most used in many households. Of course, the benefits of spending time in the garden, whether you’re partaking in some vigorous gardening or simply relaxing in the sun, are unrivalled. However, unfortunately, our gardens may not always be the most private. Perhaps you’re looking for privacy from some well-meaning but accidentally nosy neighbours? Maybe you’re considering splitting your garden into zones to help it feel more organised? Or possibly you just want your garden to be a peaceful escape? Never fear! No matter your reasoning, we have nine of the best garden screening ideas to satisfy your privacy needs. So let’s get stuck in.

1. Trellis Screening

trellis used in garden screening ideas

Price: ££

Ease of Installation: 4/5

A trellis is one of the prettiest garden screening ideas and one of the most popular. Gardeners commonly use these simple garden structures to grow plants vertically, and fast-growing climbing plants draped over a trellis are a beautiful way to create privacy in your garden. In addition, you can add a garden trellis to your existing walls or fences for a natural way of screening your garden and defining boundaries. Although the traditional shape of these frameworks is square, more intricate patterns and shapes are becoming more common in our gardens.

Some great trellis plants are:

  • Honeysuckle
  • Star jasmine
  • Wisteria
  • Ivy
  • Clematis
  • Sweet pea
  • Petunias

Discover more fantastic climbing plants for your garden

2. Bamboo Plants

bamboo leaves for garden screening

Price: £

Ease of Installation: 4/5

As natural garden screening ideas go, bamboo plants are by far one of the best. Of course, you can get fences and screening made of bamboo to add privacy to your garden, but planting and growing bamboo yourself is a much more exciting garden screening idea. Plus, growing bamboo is super easy! Some species of this low-maintenance plant can reach full maturity in only 90 days, while others only take a year or two[i].

For almost instant screening in your garden, we’d recommend Incense Bamboo or Phyllostachys Atrovaginata ‘Congesta’. This quick-growing plant’s average full height is 12m, which it can reach after 10 – 20 years[ii].

3. Extendable Trellis

extendable trellis used in garden screening ideas for flowers

Price: ££

Ease of Installation: 4/5

A freestanding alternative to the classic garden trellis is an extendable trellis fence. An extendable trellis fence is an affordable, gardener-friendly option for smaller garden screening ideas. These lightweight fences are practical and suitable for any garden boundary, with a range of sizes and designs on offer. Plus, the appealing diamond pattern provides the perfect support for a range of heavier climbing plants, like chocolate vine and Chinese Virginia creeper.   

4. Willow Screening Rolls

roll of willow screening

Price: £££

Ease of Installation: 4/5

Willow fence rolls are one of the more versatile garden screening ideas since these easy-to-install fence alternatives can play a variety of roles in the garden. Besides screening for privacy, you can use willow screening fence rolls to create immediate fences, zone off parts of your garden, mark boundaries and hide unsightly corners or viewpoints in your garden. Specifically, willow screening rolls are perfect for overlooked gardens. For example, you can unwind willow screening rolls along a pre-existing fence or wall for extra privacy from above. Alternatively, you could create a private seating area by bordering a pergola with rolls of willow screening.

5. Garden Screens

Price: ££

Ease of Installation: 5/5

Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the most popular garden screening ideas is, in fact, a garden screen! These chic panels certainly live up to their name, and they give you plenty of choice in design and intricacies. Available in almost any motif you could want, from modern shapes to abstract designs, placing a few stylish garden screen panels around the boundaries of your garden will give you privacy in style. Plus, you can install most garden screens either vertically or horizontally, depending on your needs.

To get the most from your garden screens, we’d recommend purchasing screening that has been U.V. treated. Of course, you don’t want your stylish panels to fade in the sun!

6. Tall Trees

a house with a garden of garden screening ideas

Price: ££

Ease of Installation: 3/5

There are plenty of natural garden screening ideas, but planting some bushy, tall trees may be one of the most versatile. Although using bamboo as screening is undoubtedly successful, nurturing large trees will give an overlooked garden complete coverage during summer and even block out any nosy neighbours in their own gardens next door. Of course, growing trees requires several years of patience and maintenance, so this may not be for you if you’re searching for quick garden screening ideas. However, growing large trees on your property also provides you with shade, a lovely colourful garden, cleaner air, healthier soil and a place for wildlife to hide.

Some of the best trees for screening are:

  • Hornbeam
  • Leylandii Castlewellan Gold
  • Laurel
  • Photinia
  • Birch
  • Crabapple
  • Yew

7. Fence Top Lattice

Price: ££

Ease of Installation: 3/5

If you already have fences or walls bordering your garden, but that doesn’t seem to be enough, fence top lattices may be the best garden screening ideas for you. Although adding fence top lattice panels requires a little bit of D.I.Y., it’s a relatively quick solution to give you privacy in your garden. Additionally, fence top panels aren’t overly expensive, and you can choose from a range of designs to ensure they fit your garden’s style. Finally, attaching a fence top lattice allows you to grow a range of climbing plants along your fence to turn the borders of your garden into living walls.

8. Covered Pergola

climbing plants used on garden screening ideas with pergolas

Price: £££

Ease of Installation: 3/5

Pergolas are one of the best garden screening ideas for overlooked gardens as a large-scale alternative to trellises. A pergola is the perfect addition to a garden in need of some interest and versatility and will easily shade the most used areas of your garden. Of course, as pergolas have a roofing grid of spaced-out beams, they require some extra coverage. There are several ways you can go about doing this, including growing some vigorous climbing plants around the structure or stretching a shade across the roof.

Some of our favourite climbing plants for pergolas include:

  • Passion flowers
  • Potato vine
  • Grapevines
  • Trumpet vine
  • Crimson glory vine

9. Balcony Awnings

Price: £££

Ease of Installation: 3/5

However, not all of us are blessed with large gardens. Even if the only garden space you have is a balcony or a patio, you may still be in need of garden screening ideas. In fact, you probably need them more than others! Fortunately, balcony side awnings have taken off in popularity as one of the best garden screening ideas for apartment owners. You can hang these retractable pieces of material on either side of your balcony for complete privacy from your neighbours whenever you need it.  

Finding The Best Garden Screening Ideas For You

There are plenty of garden screening ideas out there, and finding the best one to suit your needs isn’t impossible! Simply consider the space you want to cover, the budget you have to do so and how quickly you need your screening set up. But, give some of our garden screening ideas a try, and let us know which one is your favourite.

What are your favourite garden screening ideas? Do you have any tips for any homeowners looking for privacy on their property? Let us know your thoughts below.


  [i] https://www.ambientbp.com/blog/the-incredible-bamboo-plant

[ii] https://www.shootgardening.co.uk/plant/phyllostachys-atrovaginata

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