Garden screens are an important part of many of our garden designs particularly urban gardens where space is often in short supply and gardens are overlooked. As well as creating privacy, garden screens can help to create a sense of seclusion and intrigue to new visitors by separating the outdoor space into a number of areas that distracts your eye from the garden boundary and makes you want to explore further.
Contemporary slatted timber screens
There are a huge range of materials that can be used for garden screens and timber batons are the most popular option as they provide a sturdy and cost effective alternative to traditional trellis. Timber batons provide a contemporary feel for any garden and are a great way to add a fresh look to an already established garden. Always use timber from a sustainable source and ensure the supplier is a member of one of the recognised stewardship schemes. Popular choices of timber include Western Red cedar, Larch and Iroko. Timber screens are ideal for adding height on top of walls, covering up dated fences or unsightly walls and for hiding bins and toys.
Bespoke garden screens ideas
Garden Club London often use reclaimed or recycled materials to make garden features and many reclaimed objects and materials make superb bespoke garden features especially when creating something as practical as a garden screen. We have used scaffold boards to create a chunky vertical upright screen interplanted with transparent airy planting including Verbena and Deschampsia to create an attractive haze to provide texture and privacy in an urban garden design.
For a more industrial look we used reclaimed steel joists that were rusty to create a transparent screen in an urban garden design whilst keeping a calm contemporary feel and allowing lots of lush planting to flow through each side of the steel uprights. This is a very simple and effective way of adding privacy and character to a garden whilst defining the space and creating separate areas.