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April 27

Top 10 Screening Options

Created by Anna Kapuvari

There can be many reasons why we would like to cover undesirable view in our gardens – but the available space sometimes ties our hands what we can do. Here are some ideas how to screen of sections based on how much space you have in your garden and what materials would you prefer.

  1. Bamboo


    One of the simplest and most sound proof living screens if you have the space for them. There are many different varieties from clump forming to spreading habits, yellow, green and black stems. The leaves have a lovely sizzling sound even in the smallest wind. It is also decorative with up- lighting.

  2. Mirrors

    If you do not have much space but would like to make your screening interesting or even enlarge the space in your garden visually, mirrors are the perfect choice. You can cover whole wall sections with a sheet of plastic mirror, or use a decorative mirror to hang on your fence.

  3. Decorative wooden panels

    In a small garden, sometimes the best option is to use wooden paneling to screen off the neighbours. You can make it more decorative if you mix up the materials and only use a section of the screen.

  4. Multistem trees


    Crab apples, Amelanchiers, birches are all very decorative trees, and getting multistem varieties can make a very nice loose screen if you have a large space for them.

  5. Light pergola structure

    Sometimes the best way to screen of the rear end of your garden is to use it as an outdoor space. Like this light and funky pergola with rolled out bamboo screens.

  6. Horizontal battens

    One of the designer’s favourite – this will never go out of style. There are many ways you can spice it up: by adding some evergreen climbing jasmines for greenery and scent or by cutting out viewing windows if you are screening on a rooftop terrace.

  7. Rolled out bamboo screen

    If there is no space, you can still cover ugly fencing and messy areas with bamboo screens. You can roll it our both horizontally and vertically. If you have space, standard trees planted in front of the screen will help soften the pattern.

  8. Square trellis

    Another designer’s favourite – a material you can play with and mix up with other features, such as water chutes, climbers and fairy lights. You can also cut out circles to show a nice view to your garden.

  9. Standard trees

    For a contemporary effect, the best standard screen available is the Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’ – the Portuguese laurel. It is an evergreen variety with a columnar habit and scented cream colour flowers. If you are after a looser canopy, choose a row of white stemmed birches, which will go well with a cottage style garden.

  10. Hedging

    If you need cover from the street, noise, dust or wind, the best is still to plant a hedge, preferably an evergreen variety so you do not have to clear so much leaves. Yews are perfect if you like their dark green colours. Griselinia, Pittosporum and Euonymus are other broad- leaved species that you can choose from. Hedging can also mean a low- level screen, for example to cover undesirable view in a roof terrace. If you only have containers available, choose Mediterranean herbs like Lavender, Rosemary or Santolina.

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