Since our house is a bit closer to the road than optimum, we've sought to, while we convert our front lawn to native plants (for wildlife and pollinators and our enjoyment), also better-screen ourselves from road noise and on-lookers. We've killed the grass and installed the plants. Here you'll see how we created a physical barrier as well.
From a neighboring farm we were able to salvage old wooden fence posts, rough-cut hardwood planks and an old metal gate framework. From these items and some salvaged wooden ladders we:
Created a fence:
Installed a gate:
And integrated an arbor into the fence itself (using the ladders):
At the base of the arbor we planted native trumpet creeper vines (hummingbirds love these) that we grew from cuttings. Once these vines fill-in on the arbor, the sumac spread a bit and the ashy sunflower (and others) grow and multiply, we will be quite hidden from view!
We had to buy a bit of hardware and used a few screws but this project was largely scrounged and that makes us happy!