How Can You Use Landscaping to Create Privacy?

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If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re looking for different ways to give your property a sense of privacy. While plenty of positives come with living in a community within a few feet of your neighbors, sometimes you just want your yard to feel like yours. Lucky for you, landscaping can accomplish this sense of privacy and security relatively easily. 

We all like to feel a little secluded sometimes, and landscaping is the perfect way to create the comfort you desire. Plus, there are a variety of techniques to fit whatever aesthetic you might have in mind for your yard. Read along to find out more about how you can stylize your yard while also creating the illusion of solitude. 

Landscape Privacy

For many people, privacy is an essential aspect of choosing where to live. Many people decide to buy houses that are miles away from their closest neighbors. However, we know that it’s not always practical to move to the middle of nowhere, so the fantasy of seclusion is the next best thing. 

Living in a more densely populated area opens you up to potential neighborhood scrutiny at all times. Or, perhaps you don’t have nosy neighbors but simply can’t bear to see the boring or unpleasant sights from your bedroom window. Privacy solutions can be simple or elaborate, depending on how much you want. Plus, having a yard seemingly secluded from the rest of the world can be a great way to relax. 

Landscaping to Create Privacy

We’ve compiled several ideas to give your yard the extra security that it needs:

Hedges

Hedges are one of the most common ways people landscape their property to increase privacy. Hedges are fence-like structures between your yard and the surrounding neighbors’ property. You can plant them closer to your house to block people from looking into your windows from the street, or you can create a massive barrier around your entire yard. 

There is great potential for whatever you might want to do with your hedges. You can easily design hedges to transform your yard into a charming escape. Just remember that during the fall and winter months, they tend to thin out. 

Tall Plants

In general, tall plants, especially different types of trees, can give your home the privacy you need. Tall plants include hedges, trees, tall bushes, sunflowers, tall grasses, and hydrangea bushes, to name a few. Adding these tall plants to your yard will not only increase the security you feel in your home, but they will also provide a beautiful view from inside the house as well. 

Noise Masks

If you live in a busier area or a metropolis, noise pollution might be an issue for you. Maybe you just live off a busy road, and the noise can be distracting. Don’t worry, though! There’s a landscaping fix for this problem too. Plants are often good at absorbing noise, but you can also create more pleasing sounds, like the white noise of water coming out of a fountain. 

Privacy Fence Ideas

Think about how the white picket fence is an iconic symbol of the average American household. Similar to the effect that tall trees and hedges create, putting up some sort of privacy structure in your yard is also an option. This could mean anything from a traditional fence to wood lattices to privacy panels and retaining walls. 

With these structures, you can choose virtually any material, whether wood, stone, or brick. If your budget is a little bit bigger, it could be the right choice to go for building a privacy wall. It’s an easy and stylish way to bring a little more anonymity to your home. 

Privacy Plants

While we touched on the types of plants you can use to create more privacy earlier, here are some more ideas if you’re not necessarily interested in building large structures around your home. 

Flowers

  • Cardoon 
  • Hibiscus 
  • Castor Oil plants
  • Hollyhock 
  • Cutleaf Coneflowers
  • Foxglove 
  • Delphinium 
  • Canna
  • Monkshood 
  • Helenium 

All of the plants listed above are tall, so they’ll surely add an extra layer of security to your yard. Additionally, each of these plants can add a pop of color, making even the most lackluster yards appear attractive. 

Trees

  • Leyland Cypress
  • Red Cedar
  • Eastern White Pine
  • White Pine
  • Douglas Fir
  • Norway Spruce
  • Blue Arrow Juniper
  • River Birch
  • Weeping Willow
  • American Sycamore

Of course, depending on where you live, some of these trees might not fare well in the specific climate. So, you should research tall trees that are known to grow in your area. You can even check out your neighbors’ yards for inspiration. 

Landscaping With Privacy in Mind

As previously mentioned, it’s only natural to want some privacy in your own home. Plants, walls, flowers, grasses, and other natural and manufactured structures can help you achieve this goal. At Arbeen Landscaping, we make it our mission to work with our clients until we meet their landscaping needs. It’s important to make close connections to produce the most beautiful and authentic landscape for our customers. If you want to feel like you’re sitting in the middle of a wooded retreat every time you enjoy a meal on your back patio, we’re ready to make it happen.

If you are a resident of a western Chicago suburb and are interested in our company’s services, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Not only will our landscaping improve your quality of life, but it can also help increase your property value. We provide landscape design services and services related to lighting, driveways, fire pits, natural stone, and plant installation. Give us a call or send us a message today.