How to Create Privacy in Small Gardens

Small urban gardens can be overlooked by other houses, which means privacy can be rare. To prevent neighbours being able to see into your garden or to just create your own private sanctuary of peace, check out our top tips for how to achieve privacy in a small urban space.

1. Block Sight Lines

An arbour, pergola or gazebo are all easy ways of increasing privacy if you’re overlooked by upper windows. Cover any of these structures with beautiful trailing plants to truly create your own natural private space. Another tip is to plant small trees near your terrace; they will give you more privacy than a taller tree further away.

Our recommendations:

Honeysuckle ‘American Beauty’
Bougainvillea ‘Lilac’

2. Bushy Pot Plants

Growing bushy potted plants gives you the cover you need, and they’re mobile so you can move them around whenever you like. It’s an easy way to improve privacy that also adds a good dose of foliage to your outdoor space. Grab plants that have a good width spread to grow a private wall of foliage.

Our recommendations:

Photinia ‘Red Robin’
Buddleia ‘Sugar Plum’

3. Beautiful Bamboo

Growing Bamboo in pots is a great way to leave your privacy concerns behind. These plants provide a well-concealed look as well as the lush greenery.

Our recommendations:

Hardy Bamboo
Fargesia ‘Asian Wonder’

4. Cover up with Climbers

If you want to cover your garden fences or railings in a balcony or rooftop, climbing plants are a great option. Ivy plants would be a top choice, as they’re fast growing and evergreen; the perfect all-year-round cover.

Our recommendations:

Boston Ivy
Clematis ‘Montana Elizabeth’

5. Ornamental Grasses

Grasses can be used so easily to create internal screens or hedges that flower beautifully, move in the slightest breeze, and need little care during the summer months. Their fast growth rate makes ornamental grasses ideal for privacy hedges because new plants can rapidly fill in any gaps.

Our recommendations:

Phalaris Arundinacea Feesey
Grass Ornamental Collection

The Perfect Climbers for Every Season

Add elegant colour, cover bare walls, or add height and interest to the garden, there’s so much that climbing plants can do for the garden. Whether you’re looking for gorgeous fragrance or a visual impact, in this blog post we’ve narrowed down the best climber for every season.

Climbers for summer interest ☀

Honeysuckle Gold Flame

A strong climber with a beautiful perfume. Their cartwheel-shaped red and orange flowers are perfect for growing over a wall or fence.

Clematis florida Sieboldii

Clematis are one of the most popular climbers around. These creamy white flowers with bright purple centres are ideal for walls or trellises.

Star Jasmine

A decedent climber with rich, creamy flowers. Blooming from June through to September, enjoy their fragrance all summer long.

Climbers for autumn interest 🍂

Virginia creeper

A rustic and rich coloured climber. This carefree perennial bursts with autumnal colours and looks perfect along walls and fences.

Clematis Princess Diana

Add a touch of royalty to the garden with the rich pink flowers of Clematis Princess Diana. Perfect for walls and containers.

Passiflora Edulis

Hardy, evergreen and exotic, this stunning climber blooms from summer through to October. A real eye-catching sight in containers on the patio.

Climbers for winter interest ❄

Clematis Jingle Bells

Add a touch of festive cheer to the garden with these snow white blooms. Perfect for adding height to the back of a bed or border.

Winter Jasmine

A cheery sight to brighten up the dull days of winter in the garden. Easy to grow and highly fragrant, these vibrant yellow flowers are ideal for pots or around a trellis.

Pyracantha Golden Charmer

Also known as Firethorn, this versatile climbing shrub produces stunning white flowers in the spring and vibrant berries in the autumn.

Climbers for spring interest 🌸

Chocolate Vine

Producing sweet-scented, violet flowers followed by sweet tasting fruit, bring your spring garden to life with this vigorous climber.

Clematis Apple Blossom

One of the most popular evergreen climbers around. Add romance to the garden with these pink flushed spring flowers. Perfect for cascading over walls and fences.

Clematis montana Elizabeth

Blooming with masses of blush pink flowers, this springtime beauty is perfect for covering fences and walls. Great for wildlife too!