Hiding the neighbours ugly garden!

Garden Privacy: ‘avoiding’ the neighbours!

Hiding the neighbours ugly garden.

hiding neighbours ugly garden
OK this is not the prettiest wall

Whilst it would be lovely to look out of the window and see a beautiful view, the reality is that normally it’s not quite so stunning! 

The remedy for many people is to plant a big dense green hedge to disguise the ugly view. The problem is that you get a dull view instead!

hiding neighbours ugly garden
so, concentrate your view with something nice

So let’s think a little differently, as most of you will probably already have the hedge or fence, you need to concentrate of making that more interesting. Consequently, you will not notice the hedge or the ‘neighbour’s ugly bits’ so much.

Bits of the neighbours you'd rather not see
There’s a lot of wall!

Similarly, you need to distract the eye from ugly images, by adding something interesting to look at. In the picture above, all you really notice is how tall the neighbour’s house is! 

To counteract this, and to bring your eye line down to stuff you want to notice. So now some trellis has been added that sits above the wall, climbers can then be planted to soften the harshness and dominance of the wall.  

what to do with a wall cropped image
Much better than a white wall and house bricks eh?

Tall planters to try to re-balance the view (less brick wall, more nice wall), and then the planting is really quite bright and bold, so hopefully you notice this much more than the house behind.

You may think why not a tree there, well, a tree tall enough to hide the wall will have roots big enough to crack the walls too – it would be too close to foundations and thus not advisable.

Hiding the neighbours ugly garden then involves one basic principle. Don’t try to hide it, create a ‘look at me instead’ part of the garden. Simple eh?

For more great garden design advice try our book. Written to help you make your garden better!

best garden design book - I Want to Like my Garden by Rachel McCartain

advice all year bees best garden website best small garden design chelsea flower show colour easy care evergreen flowers flowers garden border design flower shows front garden garden advice garden design garden design advice garden design and planning garden design for beginners garden design ideas garden design podcast gardening gardening for beginners garden makeover garden makeovers how to garden low maintenance garden low maintenance gardens natural flowers plans for small gardens planting small garden plants plants for small gardens rhs 2021 garden shows rhs show gardens selling your home small garden design small garden design advice small garden design ideas small garden design low maintenance gardening small garden ideas summer flowers summer planting tall white wildlife gardens