Garden Fence Tips

Homeowners install garden fences for privacy and property security but also to enhance the visual appeal of their landscaping. Fences are used to define boundaries between different functional areas of a garden. Considerations when planning to install a garden fence include height, type of material and whether you want it to provide an open view or be a solid barrier.

Fences to Create Garden Rooms

Don't just think of fencing as something you put on the perimeter of the property. Use it to define spaces in your garden, and create separate rooms with varied uses. Two trellis panels joined at a 90-degree angle could create a nook for a small fountain and a bench. Make sure you anchor the panels securely in the ground to prevent them from blowing over in the wind.

Blend the Fence With the Garden

The fence should blend in seamlessly with the other design elements in the garden. It should not be the focal point or distract from the beauty of the flowers and other plants. A fence for a modern garden could be a metal lattice frame with metal panels painted in one or more muted colors. A fence made of dried bamboo would fit the theme of a Japanese garden. A rustic garden could have a fence made of woven tree branches or other natural materials. Country gardens have long featured picket fences painted a brilliant white.

Extending a Low Fence

If you find your existing garden fence is too low for privacy screening, raise its height by attaching a trellis panel extension to it and letting climbing vines grow up the panel. Sections of low ironwork fence panels can also be built on top of a block wall fence--a much more decorative solution than adding masonry to build up the wall.

Be Creative

Instead of having a solid garden fence, alternate solid panels with trellis panels. This design has more eye appeal and allows you to look through the panels at the vegetation you have growing on the other side. An alternative is to vary the height of the fence sections across its length.

Use Plants for Fencing

Evergreen conifers planted close together will grow tightly enough to create a fence of greenery. Hedges are widely used as garden fences and also as property security barriers--a number of them have sharp thorns. Hedge plant varieties often have attractive flowers and berries, making these natural fences more interesting than fences of man-made materials. The laurel has year-round green foliage. The blackthorn has white flowers in springtime. Hedges can reach heights of 9 feet, but should be kept low enough to make trimming easy.

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