How to Create Deck Privacy With Plants


A deck is an outdoor living area or an extension of your living space. However, if your deck is out in the open and exposed to the neighbors, nearby roads or businesses, it may not feel like that. Enclosing the deck will provide privacy, but this can be expensive. Creating a living privacy screen with plants is an alternative to constructing walls or fences. Choose the best plants suited for screening depending on your location and desires.

Things You'll Need

  • Containers
  • Trees, shrubs, flowers
  • Supports
  • Make a drawing of the deck and privacy fence that includes the dimensions and growing environment, such as soil conditions and sunlight received. Use this information to select the plants best suited for the privacy fence.

  • Grow plants in containers lined along the barriers of the deck, if the growing conditions surrounding the deck are unsuitable or there is no other option.

  • Use large planters to grow evergreen trees and shrubs suited for container-growing, such as junipers, cypress or arborvitae, to create screening year round. Select larger trees for instant privacy or smaller plants that will grow into screening through the season.

  • Grow flowering shrubs, such as lantana, roses and hibiscus, along the edge of the deck or in containers for privacy through the summer that also adds a touch of beauty and fragrance from the blossoms.

  • Erect a trellis that is connected to the deck or in combination with a pergola or arbor to use for fast-growing vines that will quickly create a privacy wall and ceiling. Another option for ceiling coverage without a pergola is to run wires, chains or wood from posts or trellises for the vines to grow across.

  • Choose annual vines, such as scarlet runner beans and morning glories, or perennials, such as honeysuckle and clematis or other varieties suited for your location. Always connect the support securely to ensure it handles the overall weight of the vines.

  • Select bamboo or tall grasses to create deck screening in areas that require tall plants but lack planting room. Other options for compact growing spots include tall shrubs such as lilacs, serviceberry and viburnums.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure to check the tag on the tomato plants to see how tall they grow. You will want the tall variety.
  • When buying plants or flowers to hang make sure that they are suited for the amount of sun or shade the deck experiences.
  • Inexpensive plastic planters can be purchased at your local home store.
  • Although this solution creates a great sitting area on your deck, it is only good for the tomato growing season. If you live in an area where the weather permits use of the deck year round you may want to use other greenery.
  • Move container plants indoors or protect them through the winter in areas with freezing temperatures.

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