Bits of the neighbours you’d rather not see

Garden Privacy: ‘avoiding’ the neighbours!


Whilst it would be lovely to look out of the window and see a view like the one above, reality is that normally it’s not quite so stunning! The remedy for most people is to plant a big dense green hedge to disguise the ugly view – but you then get a dull view instead!

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 – then you will not notice the hedge or the ‘neighbour’s ugly bits’ so much.


what to do with a wall

OK not the prettiest wall

what to do with a wall

when is an ugly wall not an ugly wall?

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


Bits of the neighbours you'd rather not see

There’s a lot of wall!

what to do with a wall cropped image

It’s better than yellow bricks eh?


To counteract this, and to bring your eye line down to stuff you want to notice, trellis has been added that sits above the wall, but also in front of it. Climbers can then be planted to soften the harshness and dominance of the wall.  

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.