How to Create Privacy in Your Backyard

Use trellises and greenery to wall off an area so you can relax uninterrupted this summer.  

hanging pots on trellis for privacy screen

Idea 1: Build a Barrier

Garden trellises offer benefits similar to a fence at a fraction of the cost. Choose free-standing panels and install on either side of a patio or deck. Add hanging pots, or plant some quick-growing vines to offer seclusion.

Get growing: With the right conditions, annuals (morning glories, cup-and-saucer vine) will cover a trellis in less than six weeks.


Idea 2: Plant a Hedge

Bamboo lends a lush, tropical look to a yard. It’s highly invasive, though, (meaning it will spread throughout your property) if planted in the ground. Curb the runaway growth by siting bamboo in large containers.

Get growing: Choose a variety that will top out at about 6 feet, such as Rufa. Plant it in a 15-gallon pot (a too-small container will inhibit height). It will grow about 1 foot per year.


Idea 3: Worship the Sun

Sunflowers grow to great heights and form a natural screen—some can even top the 15-foot mark! They require a minimal investment and offer a big payoff in whimsical charm. Try the Mammoth Russian, $5 for a packet of 75 seeds at

Get growing: Stalks reach a height of several feet within five to six weeks, and generally peak in three months’ time.