Plants and Landscaping for Walls and Privacy Screens

Vertical Gardens and Living Walls

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An arbor acts as a privacy screen with lush vines. Arrow Land + Design
The concept of vertical gardens and living walls opens up a whole new surface upon which to landscape. It also acts as a privacy screen and can cover up an unsightly view. Discover the right plants to use for different parts of your wall or vertical garden, along with materials, designs, themes, ideas and types of privacy screens.
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    Stone wall
    Stacked stone wall. Image Source/Getty Images

    Whether it's for the area near your pool, barbecue, patio, or just a spot for enjoying some solitude, you need to figure out how to create that outdoor privacy screen. Follow these suggestions for sizing-up and finding the right privacy screen for your yard.

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    Bright door leads to panel privacy screens in side yard. AFLA

    Join the tour as top designers and architects share 15 different solutions for creating privacy for various styles and sizes of residential yards.

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    privacy plantings
    A bench and plantings help to create a sense of privacy. Lisa Hallett Taylor
    Check out this gallery of creative solutions to gain privacy in your yard. These photos are meant to suggest and inspire; obviously, you can't run out to your local big-box store and pick up a wall mural or bamboo forest.
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    Machu Picchu, an ancient "lost" city in the Amazon jungle of Peru. Gina Carey
    Walled gardens have been around for centuries. Get a brief history lesson on vertical gardens, along with ideas for how to design one for your particular outdoor space.
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  • 05 of 07
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    A climbing rose bush. Lisa Hallett Taylor
    One remedy for disguising an ugly wall, fence or view: grow something beautiful to cover it up. Vining or climbing roses can give you something to enjoy looking at when you escape into your backyard. Some varieties smell good, too. Enjoy our suggestions for the top 10 climbing roses.
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    The Best Plants for Walls: Spillers

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    African daisies with succulents. Lisa Hallett Taylor
    Spilling or spreading plants -- "spillers" -- are perfect for planting above retaining walls, while some low-growing shrubs will spread over the top of a wall. Check out this list of spillers before landscaping near your privacy screen.
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    Photo of pool with crack in concrete
    Pool with crack in concrete pool surround. Lisa Hallett Taylor
    Even if a wall is covered up with a vine or screen planting, it still needs to be clean and free of stains or debris. Learn how to maintain your walls and tackle those stubborn stains.