This has a very DIY-friendly privacy screen idea. Plant a beautiful semi-evergreen climber at the base (Lady Banks Rose or jasmine), either in a pot or in the ground, and you have a a patio garden sanctuary.
A living fence in Charleston. "Create a living privacy fence. Cable wires mounted between fence posts create a sturdy support for climbing plants. Over time the plants can completely fill in the area, providing privacy for the patio.