February 25

Top 10 Screening Options

Created by Anna Kapuvari

There are various reasons why we would want to block an unfavourable view in our gardens, but the available space occasionally limits our options. Here are some suggestions for sectional screening based on the size of your garden and your preferred materials.

  1. Bamboo
    If you have the room, one of the easiest and most soundproof living screens. There are numerous variations, including those with spreading or clump-forming behaviours as well as yellow, green, and black stems. Even in the slightest breeze, the leaves produce a wonderful sizzling sound. Along with being attractive, it has uplighting.

  2. Mirrors

    Mirrors are an excellent option if you don’t have a lot of room but yet want to make your screening fascinating or even visually extend the area in your garden. You can use a decorative mirror to put on your fence or use a sheet of plastic mirror to cover entire wall portions.

  3. Decorative wooden panelsSometimes using wooden panelling to screen off the neighbours works best in a tiny garden. If you use only a portion of the screen and mix up the materials, you can make it more aesthetically pleasing.

  4. Multistem trees
    If you have a lot of area for them, beautiful trees like birches, crab apples, and Amelanchiers can all be purchased in multi-stem variety to create a lovely loose screen.
  5. Light pergola structureUsing your garden as an outdoor spot is occasionally the finest strategy to screen off the back of your garden. like this fanciful, light-weight pergola with its rolled-up bamboo screens.

  6. Horizontal battens
    This is a designer favourite that will always be in style. You can add some evergreen climbing jasmines for foliage and fragrance or, if you’re holding the screening on a rooftop terrace, remove the viewing windows.

  7. Rolled out bamboo screen

    Bamboo screens can still be used to hide unsightly fencing and unkempt areas if there isn’t enough room. Both horizontally and vertically are possible ways to roll it out. Standard trees placed in front of the screen, if there is room, will soften the pattern.

  8. Square trellis

    A material that can be played with and combined with other features, including water chutes, climbers, and fairy lights, is a favourite of another designer. To display a lovely view of your landscape, you can also cut out circles.

  9. Standard trees

    The Prunus lusitanica ‘Angustifolia’, or Portuguese laurel, is the best standard screen now on the market for a modern effect. It is an evergreen cultivar with perfumed cream-colored blossoms and a columnar form. A row of white stemmed birches can look great in a country type garden if you want a looser canopy.

  10. Hedging

    The best option is still to plant a hedge, preferably an evergreen kind so you don’t have to remove as many leaves, if you require protection from the street, noise, dust, or wind. If you like dark green colours, yews are ideal. You can also choose from other broad-leaved species like Griselinia, Pittosporum, and Euonymus. Hedging can also refer to a low-level screen, such as one used to block an unsightly view from a roof terrace. Use Mediterranean herbs like lavender, rosemary, or santolina if all you have are containers.

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