Adding privacy to your outdoor area is a great way to make it more relaxing and comfortable for entertaining.
We asked Jane Wright, merchandise trend and design manager at Bunnings, for expert ideas on how to make outdoor areas more private.
1. Install screening
To create an intimate and private outdoor space, consider adding an overhead structure like a pergola or gazebo. These structures provide a sense of enclosure and cosiness, while also concealing your area from neighbours.
Incorporating plant cover, panels, or trellises can protect seating or dining areas from strong breezes and create dappled shade. Screens, such as bamboo, contemporary metal, or outdoor privacy screens, can be used to partition and define "open" rooms in your outdoor oasis.
Position your seating area to face towards your house rather than outward to maximise privacy, especially in tight spaces. Built-in seating combined with ample planting can enhance the sense of seclusion.
Vertical gardens can serve a dual purpose by concealing unsightly boundaries and adding a new dimension to your garden with lush greenery. They're particularly valuable in smaller spaces like courtyards and balconies.
Judy (@kel)'s self-watering vertical garden allows her to grow more in a compact space and is also an attractive screening solution.
Planting hedges or rows of trees along boundaries not only creates a garden screen but also adds depth to the space. Carefully select trees that offer both privacy and aesthetic appeal to enhance your outdoor oasis.