Spruce up the appearance of dull fences with natural and artificial decorative elements. These accent pieces liven up landscape fence borders so your garden stands out. Look to the natural surrounding or the design of your home for inspiration; a subtle addition like evergreens next to the fence do wonders for the landscape without adding much to your budget. Use a combination of real and artificial accent pieces to transform the area completely.
Paint the fence white or any color that complements the house and surrounding landscape. Spread a sheet of plastic on the grass below to prevent drips. A coat or two of paint transforms an old fence.
Check the amount of sunlight the fence receives so you select the appropriate plants. Step outside at different times of the day for an accurate calculation. While most plants grow in full sunlight, many require partial or full shade to thrive and grow well.
Draw a detailed diagram of the fence on a graph paper, including its height and width. Include the placement of types of plants you want to grow. Mix tall and climbing plants for added accent, such as roses, ivy or clematis to grow over the fencing, with ornamental trees or shrubs in front.
Make neat flowerbeds in front of the fence or behind it. Keep them as long as the fence and several feet wide to house shrubs. Insert a shovel 3 to 4 inches in the soil and remove the soil. Incorporate an even layer of compost and rake well. Install edging to outline the bed, or leave it as it is for a natural and rustic look.
Plant climbing plants next to the fence. Extend and tie growing tendrils to the fence with garden wire to train them to grow and spread over it, thus covering it completely. Plant shrub, bushes or ornamental trees in a row next to the fence.
Stand decorative features such as a wishing well, small fountain, birdhouse, birdbath or garden statues within the shrubs or next to the fence for added appeal.