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Privacy idea. I had an issue with houses overlooking my garden. Someone suggested a pergola. We built a wonderful pagoda at the bottom of our garden and are now growing  climbers.  This creates a wonderful new space to sit and obscures overlooking houses. 


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,907
    That's great @Caroline-19. Hope you're enjoying using it  :)
    If you fancy it- you could add some extra trellis or battens across the top, that will give even more privacy, and will also give the climbers somewhere else to go. You'd be really well screened in summer  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,149
    That looks great.
  • I love that pergola! What a great idea. 
    I have been looking for a plant or trellis for privacy as our neighbours at the back have recently removed a few plants that were providing screening for our garden.
    We only have a small garden, so not enough space for a good hedge, but maybe a slender pergola would do the job. I shall check if I can find a local company that do them.
    Did it take them long to build it? And also how did you find a good handymen to do the job? Thank you 😊 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,907
    If you're 'handy' you can build something yourself, or you can buy 'off the shelf' ones which need minimal construction - usually just concreting in posts  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • My husband built it. He’s an electrician by trade so not an experienced carpenter. We looked at some pergola designs, came up with our own and had a go. We borrowed some cutting tools but that’s it. 
    It was soo much cheaper than buying one. 
    I will encourage the climbers over the top. 
    Good luck 
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    I should have gone this option, for sure, eight years ago.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,907
    Never too  late @Fire ;) 
    It gives so much more scope for climbers too. It's easy to forget about growing vertically in a garden if there isn't a suitable support, but it's quite easy to do something simple to provide that. A very basic screen - single line, or a right angle, for example, with battens or trellis  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Clematis armandii would do great here. It is everygreen and has white scented flowers. Can be pruned back but would love to grow across the top of your pergola.
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