Gardens are wonderful, multi-use spaces and the ideal location for a whole host of activities from vegetable growing and al fresco socialising to relaxing and play.
To help every part of your garden feel like it has a distinct purpose, you may want to consider garden screening and there’s a huge range of trellis, screening panels and rolls that you can use to achieve just that.
Multiple panels, trellis for climbing plants and statement-making garden screening can all help you carve out secluded pockets of the garden but screening is also a great way to increase privacy from neighbours and passers by.
Some screening is designed to attach to existing structures, such as fencing and pergolas, while others can stand independently and various sizes are available, as well as extendable versions which can be adjusted and moved as required. Screening also comes in a range of materials including natural bamboo and wood.
Below, we explain how to get privacy in an overlooked garden followed by a selection of garden screening ideas, including all of the above options to help inform your choice.
For other decorative garden inspiration, we’ve also put together a round up of unusual garden ornaments as well as some useful garden mirror ideas. Plus, if it’s seated or social spaces you want to create, see our garden seating ideas and guide to modern garden benches.
How to get privacy in an overlooked garden
The following solutions will help create privacy and a sense of seclusion in an overlooked garden.
If your garden screening needs height or length, long sheets of lightweight fencing are ideal. Often made from bamboo or other woven materials, they’re designed to attach to existing fencing or structures like a pergola or balcony. Garden screening rolls are also ideal for adding an extra layer of depth to prevent passers by or neighbours seeing in.
Trellis for screening
Trellis is a useful frame for climbing plants and a staple in the garden. However, trellis also makes excellent garden screening. Placing trellis above an existing wall or fence makes a natural garden screen, obscuring the view from neighbours. Larger sheets can also be used as dividers within the garden, to create quieter, defined areas for seating or socialising.
To create a more solid privacy screen a wide variety of specific screening panels are available. They can be used in combination to surround and hide a smaller area of the garden from view or as stand-alone statement panels to help define a patio or terrace space. Some panels are extendable or portable, so you can adjust the areas you want to seclude at different times of year.
10 of the best garden screening ideas
Browse our selection of trellises, rolls and panels below;
Silver Birch Outdoor Wall Panel
This stylish decorative panel has a modern silver birch tree design. An eye catching feature in any outdoor space, it could be used as an unusual trellis for plants, multiple panels could be used together or one could feature as a stand alone piece. The panel is waterproof and UV resistant.
Dimensions: 60cm x 1.2m
Willow Natural Fencing Screening Rolls
Ideal for creating privacy in an overlooked garden this natural willow fencing comes in four-metre rolls. It can be attached to existing boundaries to extend the fencing’s height as well as provide additional coverage. You could also surround a pergola to create a secluded area, separate from the rest of the garden.
Dimensions: 4m x 1.5m
Honey Rattan Weave
For neat and uniform garden screening, this honey coloured rattan weave is a great choice. Its natural tone is understated so it won’t draw the eye, making it ideal for screening unsightly bins and it’s resistant to UV and frost. Made from non-toxic plastics, it’s also safe for pets and wildlife.
Dimensions: 1m x 1m
Extendable Instant Fence
This handy wooden trellis fence is a useful, practical option as it can be extended and retracted according to your needs. It’s free standing, so there’s no need to attach it to existing fencing and the diamond pattern would work well supporting plants such as ivy or climbing roses.
Dimensions: 80cm x 1.6m (extended) / 80cm x 27cm (closed)
Thick Red Bamboo Fencing Screening Roll
This bold garden screening is made from eco-friendly, natural bamboo in a vibrant red. Adding a flash of colour to your garden it could be used on its own as a background to decorative fixtures such as planters and water features, or to extend and disguise existing fencing.
Dimensions: 1.9m x 1.8m
Arched Trellis Panel
These arched panels are made from pine and feature the trademark criss-cross of traditional trellis. The wood has been pressure treated for long lasting protection and they are ideal for creating a sense of seclusion in a corner of your garden.
Dimensions: 9cm x 1.8m
Handcrafted Wooden Bamboo Screen
This handmade bamboo screen is a distinctive and decorative feature in its own right and will make a statement while dividing up your space. Each panel is made to order by an independent craftsperson on Etsy, so you are can customise various elements to your taste.
Dimensions: 80cm x 47cm
These rectangular panels from B&Q feature a square trellis design for a more uniform, contemporary design and can be combined to create a private area, made more secluded by growing plants over the fencing. It can be mounted both horizontally and vertically, and comes with a 10 year guarantee.
Dimensions: 63cm x 1.83m
Rowlinson Garden Creations Corner Set
This coordinating corner set is made from pressure treated timber, guaranteed against rot for 10 years. Ideal for a patio or terrace space, the set includes two screens, planters with liners and timber posts, so you’ll have everything you need to set up an attractive garden divider instantly.
Dimensions: H1.83 x W1.04 x D1.04m
Verdure Large Garden Screen
These stylish panels can be used alone or in combination and there’s a choice of two thicknesses and three colours available: black, grey and cream. The garden screening is UV treated to help protect it from fading in the sunlight and it can also be installed horizontally or vertically, depending on what works best for your outdoor space.
Dimensions: 6ft x 3ft
Price: £95 (two or more panels £90 each, six or more panels £85 each)