A garden wall can be much more than just a border around your property; it can also provide privacy and security to let you enjoy your garden in peace, shield your plants from the wind and even contribute to your garden’s aesthetics. Many gardens utilise interior garden walls to help to shape and frame the overall design.
In other words, when you need to choose a new garden wall it is worth taking the time to really think about what it is that you want. You will have plenty of options not just in terms of materials but also additional features which can improve your security, give you more space for gardening or simply help to impress your friends.When planning your new garden wall, it can be a good idea to speak with a local landscape designer about what your options are and what you want to achieve. They may even be able to help you source local materials, which could be cheaper, or recommend choices which you may not have considered yourself. A new garden wall will usually be built by a bricklayer/stonemason, though if you want a more ornate design you should make this clear before hiring a Pro. If they do not have experience with decorative work, you may want to look elsewhere.
A garden border wall needs to get two things right before anything else: privacy and security. It should be high enough to deter intruders and stop nosy neighbours from peeking over while also helping to keep young children and pets inside. If your garden borders with a noisy high street or main road, your border wall can also help to reduce the amount of noise coming through.
That said, there are certain limitations to what you can do with a garden wall. The optimal height will be between 1.5m and 2m (anything taller than this will usually require planning permission). While security is important, the law also states that you cannot install anything with the intent of causing bodily harm to intruders, such as barbed wire. You can, however, add features like trellises, which can make your walls much harder to climb over.
When looking at materials for your garden wall, try to keep the character of your home in mind and do not choose anything that will clash with it. As impressive as a certain choice may be, if it sticks out against your property’s exterior then it will lose a great deal of its charm. Again, if you need help making your decision or finding more options, it can be an excellent idea to speak to a local landscape designer.
While border walls help to keep a garden secure, interior garden walls help to shape and style its design. Granted, it can be good to try and keep your garden as open as possible, but a wall can do more than just block your view: it can frame your garden to help you really enjoy its appearance or even provide you with more space for actual gardening.
If you do not have space for an interior garden wall, do not fret: there are plenty of ways to improve the aesthetics of a border wall too! Wall decorations are becoming increasingly popular and can be installed with simple screws and hooks. You may also want to consider picturesque facades or even paint (you would be surprised what a coat of paint can do to review a wall of tired old bricks!)
Another quirky option is to add ‘shelves’ to your wall. This can provide you with space to turn a boring looking wall into a canvas of colour using potted plants or garden accessories. Just be sure to take everything down during windy or stormy weather!