Hi All, I am looking for suggestions to improve my side yard. Please see attached pic.suggestions to improve:_ fence_ make it more interesting and inviting
Please suggest. Thanks for your help
love that third photo Julie I was going to try and do one of my not so wonderful sketches, that simple pergola would allow for some extra screening above the fence between the posts to block out the neighbours house
You could consider a bench seat along the wall which would give more space around the table
Agree it is a great space already (love the colour of your house) which is ripe for some greenery in the form of a vertical garden. The bench seat is a brilliant idea. An outdoor mat might also be nice...
You've made a great start. I'd think about spray painting your security screens white and having all of your pots in one colour so that you've got a unified colour pallet (it helps bring a space together) then having climbers along your timber fence as they don't take up a huge amount of room in the ground/pot. I'd then bring in colour with plants and add colourful cushions on your seating. Remember too that green can be treated as a neutral colour, but with your white, gray and brown colours that are in the space already, keeping plants to pure green can be stunning.
You could also think about a vertical garden on the fence (keep in mind you will want to have an automated watering system for them - that can go on a couple of times a day in hot weather to be as successful as possible).
https://www.rivasdesign.com.au/ have great outdoor mirrors that might help you to expand the space.
Whatever way you go, think about layered planting - tall to the back, mid and low height plants at the front. This will help you make the space feel a bit bigger.
Don't over do it. It looks great now, so just add a few plants but not too many, as you will be forever maintaining them. Less is more!
Good opportunity. One caution I guess you've thought about already: consider your neighbour's well-being and consult with them if possible. Attractive greenery showing above the fence will enhance their outlook. But intrusive vines and branches and roots and water run off won't be good for them.