One of the greatest gifts a homeowner can give themselves is a garden filled with colourful blossoms and fragrant flowers. Unfortunately, if they do not plan the layout of their garden correctly, they may find that they don’t want to spend too much time in it because it lacks privacy. Creating a safe, secluded space in which to relax is not as difficult as you might think.
Walls or Hedges
The quickest way to add privacy to your garden would be to erect a wall, or plant upright hedges. Both of these solutions have their particular advantages and design elements; one is a solid structure that requires little maintenance, while the other requires more of your time to trim and water it. Unlike the hedge, a wall cannot add colour to your garden, nor can it convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. Both have their downside too: they are expensive to establish.
Trees are an excellent addition to any garden. Not only do they attract birds to your garden, but they also cast shade under which to sit on hot summer days. If trees are planted relatively close together, their beautifully textured trunks may form a protective barrier from prying eyes. If you are planning to plant trees in your garden, we advise getting in touch with your local planning authority to find out if the species is protected or not. If you would like to protect the trees on your property, you can also contact the LPA to obtain a tree protection order (TPO).
Be Indoors, Even While Outdoors
Sometimes you may wish to spend time in your garden, but inclement weather thwarts your plans. Why not consider adding one or more single-storey structures to your garden as relaxation spaces. You won’t be required to meet building regulations as long as the outbuildings are not more than one level, nor do they take up more than half the area of your garden. Many gardeners have erected summer houses or similar structures in their garden, allowing them to spend more quality time in their personal paradise.
Vertical gardens are gaining popularity amongst gardeners, especially those that have limited space in which to create a sprawling green space. Utilising the space from the ground upwards is an excellent way to bring some privacy to your garden. What’s great about this type of garden is that it can be extended as necessary. If your vertical garden is one that is containerised, you can either be conservative and stick with a few plants or herbs in the single shade of green, or you could create an eclectic rainbow of colour and aromas by planting a variety of flowering plants.
Be Careful of Bamboo
Bamboo is not only a sustainable resource; it is durable too. This is one of the many reasons that landscapers like to incorporate it into their garden designs. It makes for great shelter, repels numerous pests, and is inexpensive to plant. These are all excellent selling points; however, bamboo is an invasive plant, that is able to spread quickly, and if not well-tended, may take over your garden. We recommend using it with caution in your garden.
You’re out of the starting blocks with the guidelines above. All that’s left now is for you to start planning your hideaway within your home’s boundaries.