Garden Screen Design Ideas 2023: Enhancing Your Garden’s Beauty and Functionality

By   | Last Updated :   May 3, 2023 | Filed In :   Garden Design

Summer is approaching, and you’re probably considering getting your garden ready for the warmer weather.

You might think your garden is missing something, but you can’t figure out what. In that case, you’d benefit from purchasing some garden screens!

Garden screens are a stylish addition to any outdoor space, but their aesthetic appeal isn’t their only advantage. They also provide privacy, shelter and shade, allowing you to create a tranquil outdoor space for you, your family and your friends to enjoy.

Without further ado, let’s explore the different types of garden screens available to purchase and some ways to use them to create a welcoming, visually pleasing outdoor space.

Garden Screen Design Ideas

1. Climbing Plant Screens

climbing plant screen

If your aim is to create a garden that embraces nature, we recommend installing a garden screen and climbing plants.

All you’ll need to start you off is a trellis screen and some flower seeds—we recommend wisteria, clematis, sweet pea, ivy or climbing roses.

More on this: How to Build a DIY Planter Box With a Privacy Screen Attached

Plus, many of these climbing plants are self-clinging, so there’s no need to provide a structure for them.

As the plants grow, they’ll weave through the trellis (or whatever structure you decide to use), forming a dense, natural barrier that enhances the visual appeal of your garden, provides a habitat for animals and reduces noise pollution.

However, this garden screen solution requires patience, as you’ll have to wait for your climbing plants to grow!

2. Moveable Screens

moveable screen

If you require a flexible and adaptable screen solution, consider purchasing moveable garden screens.

Freestanding panels or folding screens are quick and easy to move around your outdoor space, allowing you to create outdoor zones to suit your specific needs.

Choose from a wide selection of screen materials, such as wood, metal, glass, or fabric, and consider adding wheels to the screens to make moving them around the space as easy as possible.

3. Outdoor Shower Screens

outdoor shower screen

If you’re considering installing an outdoor shower where you can quickly rinse off after a swim in the pool, wash after a hard gym session or clean yourself up after a busy day of gardening, you’ll want to install a shower screen to ensure the area is private and secluded.

There is a range of outdoor shower screens available, including wood, metal or frosted glass screens, so you shouldn’t struggle to find screens that match your garden’s aesthetic. 

4. Decorative Garden Screens

decorative garden screen

If you’re looking to create a modern and sophisticated outdoor space, decorative garden screens are an excellent addition.

They are available to purchase in a wide range of designs, from simple geometric shapes to intricate, unique patterns and are typically made from either steel or aluminium.

So if you’re looking for something aesthetically pleasing but highly durable, metal screens might be the way to go.

5. Faux Plant Screens

faux plant screen

If you don’t fancy waiting for climbing plants to grow, a faux plant wall might be a better option.

This low-maintenance solution is designed to replicate the appearance of real plants but without the need for watering, pruning and general time-consuming upkeep that is easy to neglect.

Faux plant screens can be used to make outdoor spaces more private, divide spaces, and add a much-needed pop of colour to your garden.

Various options are available, including faux hedges, tropical-style plant walls and expanding leaf trellises, so you’re sure to find something suitable for your outdoor space.

6. Pergolas


If you’ve got enough space, pergolas are an aesthetically pleasing but functional way to create an area in your outdoor space with shade and shelter from the elements.

These structures are made up of a series of columns supporting a roof of beams, which can be left open, or, alternatively, covered with a canopy.

If you want to create a stunning focal point in your garden, plant climbing vines next to your pergola to create a secluded and calming space to relax during the day or entertain guests.

7. Gazebos


Alternatively, you may prefer a more modest gazebo, a freestanding, roofed structure that provides a cosy spot for relaxing, providing shade and shelter from the elements.

If you require more privacy, you can install screens or hang curtains around the edge of your gazebo or enjoy an open design so you can look out onto your beautiful garden.

Gazebos are available to purchase in a range of materials, including plastic, wood or metal and can be further customised and decorated by adding built-in seating and lighting to create a welcoming space where you’ll want to spend plenty of time.

Final Thoughts

Adding screens to your garden is a great way to enhance your outdoor space in a functional way.

Choose from a wide range of garden screen options, including climbing plant screens, moveable screens, outdoor shower screens, metal screens, faux plant screens, pergolas and gazebos.

By incorporating garden screens into your landscape, you can create a private but visually appealing space where you can relax by yourself, have dinner with your family or entertain guests.

By: Luke Goodman

Luke Goodman

Luke Goodman

As the Marketing Manager for The Wood Veneer Hub, Luke is passionate about interior design and helping consumers, businesses and large-scale projects find innovative and sustainable solutions to their building issues. He prides himself on staying up to date with the latest trends and is never afraid to push the boundaries of design. 

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