Need ideas for increasing privacy in small yard with picket fence
We moved into our house this spring and after just "playing" a bit in the yard this growing season since there was loads to do in the house, I now am ready to get serious this winter and start planning the redesign of the yard. It will surely be a multiyear project :) (my goal is no more lawn...), but the first thing I'd like to address is that we have no privacy from our neighbor on one side. The picture below shows the view into the neighbor's yard from our side.
Our yard is tiny, maybe a little bigger than the neighbor's you can see in the picture, about 50'x50' I would guess.
I'm thinking of a combination of things, annual climbers, climbing roses, maybe one of two taller bushes that don't have too big of a footprint. However, I've not been able to find any good pictures of what it could look like. Any pointers for good books or pictures on the web? I've seen pictures of lattice screens attached to the top of a fence, which I didn't find too appealing.
Or should I think of structures placed in front of the fence? Or some sort of post and wire construction to extend the height of the fence?
Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated!
I have the following concerns for any solution:
-space: I don't want to sacrife any of the precious space for anything with too big a footprint, rather vertical climbers
- maintenence of the fence: painting it should still be possible (it's apparently ours... dang... ;))
- cost: we are on an economical budget
- longevity: it'd be nice if any structure wouldn't colapse within 2-3 years
- shade: the far side of the fence near the garage gets about 4 hours of sunlight (afternoon), the fence close to the house only gets about 1-2 hours mostly due to the neighbor's large maple tree
Thanks for any help!
Oh, I just found a picture from the beginning of the summer that shows the left side of our yard including the fence