Privacy Fence Landscaping: 4 Ways to Design Your Staycation

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Your privacy fence doesn’t have to just be a simple border to your yard. It can become a part of your home and reflect your personality. Feeling funky? Paint a wood fence yellow! Prefer a natural look with little maintenance? Wood-colored vinyl fencing might be just right for you. However, there is no need to stop at just the color of your fence.

If what you really want is a private refuge—a place to get away from it all when you don’t have the time to really get away—all it takes is a little imagination. Here are some privacy fence landscaping ideas from The Fence Authority’s Outdoor Living Experts to get you on your way. We hope these outdoor design themes will inspire you!

White Cedar Privacy Fence with Lattice Top
This white cedar privacy fence with a lattice top is perfect for a Tropical Oasis.

1. Tropical Oasis

Put away the passport, and bring the cool Caribbean and exotic South Pacific to you instead! Line your yard with a lattice top tongue and groove cedar fence. Then, border your barrier and intersperse your yard with tropical-looking plants. We Northerners can’t grow palm trees, but some of the plants that thrive in our neck of the woods include:

  • Northern Catalpa
  • Pawpaw
  • Rhododendron
  • Amaranth
  • Tiger Eyes Sumac
  • A variety of ferns

A stone path, some wicker patio furniture, and a coconut cup with a little umbrella are the perfect little touches for transporting you and your yard to the tropics.


Dog Eared Cedar Fence
Cover this dog eared cedar fence with vines for your Vintage Vineyard.

2. Vintage Vineyard

A solid board fence with dog ear tops makes the perfect support for your vines. You don’t necessarily need to grow grapes to create a vineyard atmosphere in your yard. Any arching shrub or twining vines (Honeysuckle is perfect and abundant) will add a romantic drape to your yard. Add in an arbor and cover it with more vines. Then, get a stone-top patio set and picnic basket with cheese and your favorite vino, and presto! With a little creative privacy fence landscaping, you are now settled in your own Sonoma-esque retreat.


Need a Spa Sanctuary to relax? With a low maintenance vinyl fence, you can!

3. Spa Sanctuary

When your body and mind are in desperate need of a mini-vacay, send them to your backyard spa for a quick recharge! Seclusion is the key. Start with a vinyl privacy fence for maximum relaxation without the maintenance. Plant lush, evergreen groundcover and subtle-scented flowers, and add finishing touches like a rock garden and zen fountain. A fountain will also help create privacy by masking noise. Relaxing on wood benches or stretching out on a yoga mat within your own private spa will turn your tension into relaxation.


You don’t need to grow bamboo for your East Asian Pagoda Paradise! Try a red cedar privacy fence instead.

4. Pagoda Paradise

Growing bamboo for privacy may seem like a good idea, but talk to anyone who has it in their yard and you may hear some real horror stories. A red cedar fence will give you an earthy feeling yard without unearthing your yard! Japanese maples, a mini pagoda, a koi pond, and some lantern lighting will bring a little Far East to the East Coast.

There’s no need to stop with these ideas!

We hope some of these privacy fence landscaping ideas help spark your creativity and help you on your road trip to the perfect staycation. If none of these ideas are hitting home, let’s see what your imagination can do with these titles:

  • Mini-Golf Getaway
  • Sports Spree
  • Parisian Patio
  • Clandestine Cottage
  • Western Revival
  • Viva Las Vegas Veranda

Can’t find the right fence to make your backyard dream a reality? Never fear—you can always show your idea to your contractor and request a custom fence.

The Fence Authority’s motto is “If you can dream it, we can build it,” so if you’re looking to install a fence in the West Chester, PA area, our experts can work with you to create the perfect backyard oasis.

How would you create the themed yards we listed above? Do you have any other creative ideas you’d like to share? The comments are open!

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