Garden Screening Ideas – Get Inspired to Transform Your Garden!

February 25, 2021

Making friends with your neighbours can be a lot of fun, but sometimes everyone needs a little bit of privacy. That’s where having a garden screen and a handy selection of garden screening ideas comes in handy.

A garden screen is a delicate way to create privacy in your garden without building a wall. Most garden screens even come with slats that allow light to gently filter into the garden. This gives you the best of both worlds, a well-lit garden that is also private.

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Is a Garden Screen a Good Fit for You?

Is a Garden Screen a Good Fit for You?

Garden screening is a good option for a variety of outdoor spaces. However, before you install it in your backyard you should check with your planning office first about local regulations. Some councils have particular regulations about fences and if they interpret the screen as a fence, they may not allow it.

Even regions that do allow fences may have height regulations. It is much better to check in with the local planning office before you go out and buy one. That way, you will know well before you head to the shops whether or not you are allowed to have a screen and if so the correct height.

Beyond the local regulations, the other main factor which will determine if garden screening is right for you is the reason you need it. A garden screen is great for privacy but if you want to protect your property or create a solid, visible division then a fence or garden wall may be better suited to the job.

Garden Screening Benefits

What Are the Benefits of Garden Screening?

Privacy is the primary reason that most people opt to install a garden screen in their home. Even when you like your neighbours sometimes it is nice to enjoy your yard without them peering over the fence.

Plus, a garden screen can also offer a degree of noise control. It will muffle your and your neighbours’ conversations. There’s no need for either of you to have to hear each other’s conversations with such harsh clarity.

Another top benefit of a garden screen is its aesthetic. Installing a screen will create an enchanting focal point in your outdoor living space. If your garden is mostly flat, installing a screen will help to break it up and create a new sense of depth.

Then don’t forget – you can also use it to augment the garden itself by hanging plants on it or weaving in vines. Check out the garden screening ideas section below to find out more!

Installing Your Garden Screen

Installing Your Garden Screen – Step by Step

The installation process for a garden screen depends on the type of screen that you purchase. Different kinds of screens will require different processes. In some cases, installing a garden screen is as simple as unrolling it and putting it up but then again some screens are a bit more complex.

if your garden screen requires a little more labour, don’t fret. Simply follow these steps to effectively install it in your home:

Step 1: Find the Perfect Spot

Garden screens are often placed alongside the patio seating area. When placed here they can provide shade from the sunlight as well as a highly effective barrier. However, this isn’t the only spot where you can place them. For instance, if you have a particularly tall fence that you dislike, placing a screen in front of it will refresh the aesthetic.

Step 2: Dig Holes for Your Posts

If your posts will be supporting a relatively heavy bit of weight you will need to dig holes that are deep enough to firmly anchor the screen. To do this, dig holes that will cover about 1/3 of the length of the post.

Step 3: Pour the Concrete and Place the Poles

The last thing you want is for your posts to wobble around loosely in the soil. To prevent this, place your posts in the holes and then pour concrete around them. When the concrete sets the poles will be securely in place.

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Step 4: Check the Height and Level While the Concrete Is Still Wet

Once your poles are placed in the concrete filled holes it is time to check their height and level. You must do this before the concrete is set or your poles could end up being uneven. If they are uneven the screen might not be able to attach correctly.

Step 5: Cover up the Holes and Install the Screen

After the concrete has set you will need to cover up the holes with dirt. This will cohesively blend the area around the poles with the surrounding ground cover.

Now that the holes surrounding the poles are all covered up, it’s time to install the screen. If you have a metal or wooden screen, to install it you will have to screw brackets onto the poles. These brackets will then attach to the screen itself and hold it securely in place.

Garden Screening Ideas

Garden Screening Ideas

Are you searching for some inspiration before you pick a garden screen for your yard? Then you’re in the right place. This section is packed with inspirational garden screening ideas!

Green Wall

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Green Wall

Can’t get enough of the green in your outdoor living space? Then don’t stop at installing a screen – go one step further and turn it into a green wall.

Here is a top list of some simple ways that you can make a green wall:

  • Use hanging pots to hang small potted plants and cover your screen with flowers
  • Weave air plants into the wall for a modern green aesthetic
  • Intertwine plants like morning glories and make it blossom with life.

Horizontal Wooden Slats

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Horizontal Wooden Slats

Are you content with the greenery in the rest of your yard? Don’t feel the need to make your garden screen into a green wall? Then a screen of horizontal wooden slats is the perfect alternative.

With a wooden screen, you can stain the wood any colour you choose. Transform it into a modern focal point with a dark stain or leave its natural colours on display with a clear stain. Choose whichever stain best suits your aesthetic to blend the screen perfectly into your outdoor space.

Choosing different stains isn’t the only benefit that accompanies a wooden screen either. The horizontal wooden slats also ensure light continues to permeate through your garden. Both you and your plants will come to appreciate the partial shade, sunlight mix which the screen offers you.

Ivy Wall

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Ivy Wall

Ivy is a popular choice when creating a green wall because it is so easy to maintain. The shade that the screen provides will give it just the right amount of sunlight to grow properly. Then, for the most part, the rain will take care of the rest. However, if it hasn’t rained in a bit and you do notice the leaves starting to wilt then you should water it by hand.

The two best types of screens for creating an ivy wall are steel and wood. Both a steel screen with mesh and a wooden screen that interlocks like a trellis will offer plenty of nooks to weave your ivy through.

Keep in mind that ivy does still need to be rooted in the ground. So to grow an ivy wall, you must place the screen on an area where you can root it in the soil. Alternatively, you could also place large pots at the base of the screen and pot the ivy’s roots in these. This is doubly beneficial as it will prevent the ivy from taking over the rest of your garden with its invasive nature.

Once the ivy has been planted, weave its vines through the screen. This will act as an anchor to the screen and from here it will continue to grow further into the screen on its own.

Grass Screen

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Grass Screen

If you don’t want to use a physical screen but you would still like a divider for privacy’s sake then planting ornamental grasses is a good option. Most ornamental grasses are relatively easy to maintain as well. In general, they prefer a sunny area with soil that is moist but drains with ease. They don’t like it when the ground becomes overly moist or waterlogged.

As long as you ensure that they have enough sunshine and that you don’t overwater them your ornamental grasses will flourish. Your flourishing grasses will then continue to grow in height and spread out creating a completely natural screen between you and your neighbours.

Screen of Branches

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Screen of Branches

Would you prefer a more physical division for your screen while still maintaining a natural aesthetic? Then a screen of branches and twigs presents the perfect solution.

A branch screen for the garden is also relatively easy to make. All you need to get started is some sturdy posts, branches and twigs, wire and wire cutters. Then, firmly secure your posts in the ground using the method outlined above in the section on how to install a garden screen.

Once your posts are firmly in place you can then begin to create the screen itself. For this part of the process simply weave your branches together, and secure them to wire. Then attach this screen to your posts, and voila your screen of branches is complete.

A second option, if you don’t want to secure your the screen into the ground, is to attach it to a wooden frame. The frame will help to keep the woven branches steadily in place as in the picture above. If you aren’t familiar with wood working then why not hire a carpenter to help out!

White Wooden Trellis

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Paint It!

Another way to make your garden screen uniquely yours is to paint it! From a bright white that is reminiscent of a classic white picket fence to a bright pop of colourful red the possibilities are endless.

Are you unsure which colour would best suit your outdoor space? Don’t fret, an easy solution is to draw inspiration from the rest of your home. Do you have a particular colour scheme for your windows, doors and the exterior of your home? Then translating these colours over to your garden screen will help it to blend smoothly with your aesthetic.

Still lost for about where to begin when it comes to your colour scheme? Or does your garden perhaps need an entire facelift instead of just a new coat of paint? Don’t fret. A landscape designer can help you plan your outdoor space from top to bottom to create the garden of your dreams

Wooden Garden Trellis

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Wooden Garden Trellis

A wooden garden trellis deftly blends the line between a screen and a wall. Sturdy and stable like a wall and yet delicate and open like a screen, this garden classic will add a touch of the ethereal to your garden.

To protect your garden trellis from the elements don’t forget to seal it with a coat of protective paint or sealer. If you truly want to emphasise that classic aesthetic then choose a white paint or clear stain. Either of these options will work well to bring out that classic vibe while maintaining the integrity of the wood.

Bamboo Screen

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The bamboo in bamboo garden screens is usually packed quite densely so if your aim is privacy then a bamboo screen has got you covered! However, on its own, a bamboo screen may not be as sturdy as a trellis or metal screen, it will often need additional posts to secure it. For this reason, bamboo screens are frequently attached to fences to refresh the look of a fence that is slightly older and looking dated.

Green Wall Interspersed With Wooden Slats

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Green Wall Dividers

If the idea of a screen that is all in one style is a tad too plain for you, the best way to switch it up is by placing green areas amid the wall. To do this you can weave greenery into specific sections of your wall. For instance, you could intersperse green sections with hanging plants or vines every two feet. This will effectively break up the aesthetic of the wall and create the visual contrast you are searching for.

Are you filled with inspiration and ready to transform your garden? Then hire a local fence installer in your area with ease using Bidvine! 

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