Whether it is to enjoy a family barbecue on the terrace, read your book in peace on your balcony or to swim in your swimming pool without suffering the prying eyes of neighbors or passers-by, the installation of blackouts is always very practice. Well chosen, they can also be decorative elements in their own right, especially when opting for natural screens that blend completely into the landscape. Here are the options available to you to choose them well.

The benefits of blackouts

In general, all blackouts all have the same advantages. In addition to offering you more discretion in the event of a vis-à-vis or busy street adjoining your accommodation, they create shaded areas in summer and have an effect windbreaker. They can also be used to camouflage unattractive elements such as air conditioning, an old wall or even a rainwater collector.

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There are also all kinds of models to choose from depending on your tastes and the desired effect. Artificial hedges, fences and other fabrics made of PVC, aluminium, polyester or polyethylene (as found on this page for example) are solid and give a modern look to outdoor spaces. As for natural screens, do they have the advantage of blending more into the decor? From canisses to green hedges, there is no shortage of options to dress up your green setting with charm and elegance, all without distorting the vegetation of outdoor spaces. If that’s the effect you’re looking for, here are some examples to adopt at home.

5 examples of natural screens

1) Natural hedges

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If spending time in the garden and caring for the plants doesn’t scare you, shrub hedges will protect you from outside gazes without any problem. Here, think for example of cedar, berry shrubs, yew, forsythia, cypress, poncirus or even oleander. Tall grasses can also make all the difference in the event of unpleasant vis-à-vis.

2) Climbing plants as a screen

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Climbing plants can grow along a fence, a railing, a trellis or even a wooden panel that can serve as tutors and improve their hiding power. They are mostly very decorative and can really hide you from prying eyes, especially if you opt for a perennial plant with evergreen. Some elegant examples include Virginia creeper, clematis, peas, wisteria, climbing hydrangea, star jasmine, honeysuckle, morning glory, climbing rose, bougainvillea or bignone.

3) Wooden reeds

the wooden canisse, an example of a screen for the garden
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Composed of fine natural wood elements connected by discreet wires, the canisses are very popular for their very warm and cozy bohemian chic appearance. They are moreover inexpensive, easy to install and maintenance-free. They can nevertheless tend to be damaged easily over time, especially in the event of snow and bad weather. There are models in bamboo, wood bark, reeds, heather heather or wicker. It’s up to you to choose according to the desired shade and the desired concealment! In any case, the canisses offer a more rustic and light appearance.

4) Cleverly arranged flower pots and planters

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If you have the space, you can install large pots or tall, leafy plants. This will give you more privacy while decorating your spaces with assortments of pots and plants to suit your tastes. You can also play on the accumulation on different levels with planters on the railing and plants of different sizes below to green the balcony or terrace and elegantly obscure the view overlooking a busy street or parking lot thanks to pretty colors .

5) Wooden privacy screens

If you like to tinker, you can definitely consider creating a blackout panel with pallets or recycled boards previously recovered. This option allows tospace the boards as you wish according to the level of occultation sought. You can also place the boards parallel or perpendicular to the ground, but also customize them (paint, point cutting, etc.). Alternatively, you can stack wooden logs supported by large poles on either side. Finally, it is possible to braid long flexible stems of hazel or ash like a plessis around stakes.

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