Landscape Ideas For Fence Line Perfection

Have you ever looked at your backyard and seen the old fence line standing there boringly? You don’t like its color and its design is just neutral. If you ask yourself, what should I do to improve my fence?

Then this article is for you.

The fence is not just a structure that surrounds your house or commercial property, it can also become a piece of art that reflects your mood and makes guests feel joyful, safe, and engaged. By improving your fence lines, it will turn your property into a beautiful landscape.

In fact, it’s not just homeowners that can benefit from better fence line landscaping, there are a number of industries that should pay attention to their fencing including:

  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Parks and public spaces
  • Schools and university campuses
  • Corporate campuses
  • Cottage gardens
Living Fence
Living Fence // ©Flash Dantz / Unsplash

6 Fenceline landscaping ideas

1. Renew your classic wooden/metal fences.

Your old fence has been standing there for decades. The rain and sunlight wore it out, it gets moldy, rusty, and discolored. Here’s how to improve that.

Repair damaged fencing

Seems simple, but the first step is to glue and tighten all the loosened pieces of wood and replace any broken fencing.

Power washing

A Power washer is perfect for cleaning. It can easily strip off all the dirt and grime that stubbornly stick on your wood or PVC vinyl fence.

With a metal fence, rusty spots are annoying and sandpaper can help you to remove that or use chemical rust neutralizers.

Polish time

Give your fence a nice natural wooden coat by using an exterior semitransparent oil stain. Buy the stain that contains ultraviolet inhibitors and mildewcide, which will protect your fencing from sunlight, and slow fungal growth.

If you have wire mesh or chain-link fencing, don’t forget to paint your fence with a rust-inhibiting primer it will protect the metal from moisture and corrosion, preventing rust formation

Color it up

Color can have a huge impact on your property and your emotion, make sure you choose the right wood paint and rust-inhibiting paint for metal.

Use primer or undercoat before you paint, it will increase the lifespan of your fence, so you won’t need to redecorate as often.

2. Use plants to create texture and space in your yard

Whether you have a small or a huge landscaping project, plants can provide lots of texture and even change the perceived size of your yard and make borders seem closer or further away.

To make your garden feel larger, place tall plants with a fine texture along the fence, such as ornamental grasses.

Smaller, medium-textured plants, for example, Viburnum, should be planted in the middle, while small bold, coarse-textured shrubs and plants like Photinia, should be closest to you. Do the opposite if you want to make the space seem smaller.

The height and textures of plants are very important to adjust the level of your space. By mixing and matching them together, you can create a wonderful appearance for your backyard.

Related article: How to use plant textures in interior and garden design

3. Set up trellises for your fence.

Another way to jazz up your fence is using trellises. With endless varieties of shapes and materials, there is an unlimited number of options for your choice.

Adding fence toppers and trellises to existing fence panels are popular customizations that can upgrade the appearance of your fence, and also increase privacy and security.

Moreover, you can plant some vines with flowers or climbers along the trellises to add more accentuations to your fence. The beauty of green leaves and colorful flowers will turn your landscape into Eden.

White trellis fence supports plant growth
White trellis fence supports plant growth // ©Adams / Unsplash

4. Install raised flower beds

Raised garden beds can add highly aestheticelements that make your backyard or front yard more attractive and welcoming. This is an artistic and healthy way to grow plants above the ground’s surface

Keeping the soil in contained planters means you can easily adjust the growing environment for your lovely plants and ensure a nutrient-rich, well-draining medium for healthy roots and plant growth.

In addition to improving the growing conditions for plants, growing in raised beds also allows you to create a layered visual effect.

Moreover, the shape of raised beds is customizable. Curved beds are great to add some flair, while a straight bed sits neatly along the fence, it all depends on your preference.

5. Grow your own living fence

Rather than chopping down trees for timber to build fences, why not live in harmony with nature by growing plants to create privacy hedges?

Fence planting brings out a wonderful appearance for your landscape. You can choose evergreen shrubs, climbers, or tall plants with green foliage for more privacy. People love to grow long-blooming perennials as well, so their flowers come back every year to decorate their fence line.

Obviously, not all plants can grow in your climate. Desert landscaping, for example, needs a completely different set of plants to be effective.

best color for flower pots
Fiberglass planters make this fence line special // ©Jay Scotts

6. Use large fiberglass planters to create a fence

If you are looking for an easy and quick way to accentuate your fence then using fiberglass planters, with their countless sizes, shapes, colors, and materials is the best idea.

For example, our rectangle fiberglass planters have a simple design but are effective at planting any kind of plant, from shrubs to trees and vines.

Plus, our fiberglass planters are suitable for installation anywhere, whether it be outdoors to create a border, or indoors to simply decorate a room. While also elegant and modern, the depth and height of our rectangle planters are perfect for growing a variety of plants.

You can use it to hide your fence by placing it along your border and growing some bright, interesting flowers for extra impact, or create a living fence by planting formal hedges in it.

Selenge Planter
Planters Etc Fiberglass containers such as the Selenge Planter are perfect for any landscaping project

The best plants for fence line landscaping

The best plants for fence line landscaping are tall, thick and colorful for privacy, avoiding color gaps with complete coverage of the fence, and ensuring optimal visual effect.

Take a look at the ideas below for some incredibly tall plants perfect for your yard.

1. Lilac

This kind of flowering woody plant has many varieties and grows up to 10m in height and spread in big colorful shrubs.

They have thin branches and evergreen foliage. Flowering in clusters, they start to produce flowers around October to May and bloom in the spring.

As a perennial flowering and low-maintenance plant, Lilac is a wonderful choice for your fencing.

Lilacs look perfect with a white fence
Lilacs look perfect with a white fence // ©

2. Boxwood

Boxwood trees are the classic plant for fence landscaping and grow up to 12m in height. Their spread creates big green shrubs without color gaps.

They have glossy green fine leaves with smooth edges and are very low-maintenance. The way their branches grow with dense foliage allows them to be easily pruned and maintained into a variety of shapes and sizes.

Having many good characteristics and a fresh green color, Boxwood is a beautiful plant to become your home fence line.

Perfect Boxwood hedge
Perfect Boxwood hedge // ©

3. Clumping bamboo

Bamboo trees are popular garden plants, not only for their beauty but also for their characteristic of growing into large clumps, and thus promote privacy for your yard.

They have tall, straight stems that can grow up to 12m or even more depending on the climate and species. Besides that, people recognize them by their small thin branches, elongated forming leaves with a green or slightly yellow color.

Bamboo is a delightful plant that will bring out a tropical, peaceful, and relaxing vibe for your garden.

Using Bamboo branches can also have a very modern and minimalistic feel which is especially effective indoors when creating divided areas.

Black Bamboo in our Hudson Long Rectangular Planter makes a good privacy screen for indoors and outdoors

The best climbing and flowering plants for a fence line

But what if you already have a fence and want to turn it into a natural living one? Growing climbers along your fence could be a good option. The classic wooden fence with a rough surface, or chain-link fences, will allow new plants to take hold and use it as a structure to grow on.

1. Climbing Roses

Like its name, this climbing plant creates rose flowers. With over 10 species, each owns a different type of beauty and color with classy and elegant looks.

They have a habit of repeatedly blossoming throughout summer and fall. Unlike other climbers, Climbing roses require a fair amount of pampering like pruning, but the result is totally worth it.

Possessing a high aesthetic appearance, there is no doubt these dreamy roses will easily please your visual interest.

©Colin Maynard / Unsplash

2. Bougainvillea glabra

This is a lovely evergreen climbing plant, with clusters of tiny red flowers surrounded by colorful papery bracts. They are low-maintenance and ample sunlight is required.

Possessing the characteristics of long-blooming perennials, Bougainvillea glabra will make your fence line become showstopping and even a valuable feature of your property.

Bougainvilleas can be used to crawl up a fence, or grow in a container
Bougainvilleas can be used to crawl up a fence, or grow in a container. ©

Why use planters instead of growing directly in the ground for landscaping?

1. Easy to manage your plants’ requirements

When using planters, you are totally in control of the plants’ requirements. Each type of plant has its own needs, by growing in a planter it will be easier for you to supervise and control the amount of sunlight, water, and fertilizer for all of them.

2. Easy to rearrange your garden landscape

Fiberglass planters are helpful when you want to rearrange your landscape. If you are a neophiliac, and you enjoy redecorating the layout of your yard, then using planters will be easier for you to reposition and move your plants around, thus creating new landscaping features for your garden.

3. Roots are kept inside the container

Large and uncontrolled roots in the ground can do damage to the surrounding hardscapes such as walkways, building foundations, and foundations of your fence. Often roots can creep under the fence and do damage to your neighbor’s property. This can lead to all kinds of ugly situations, and at the very least, your plant will have to be removed.

Get Ready to Implement Your Fenceline Landscaping Ideas with Planters Etc

We hope you enjoyed our ideas on how to have an awesome fenceline landscape with marvelous plants and planters.

We can also help you with your landscaping needs – our high-quality fiberglass planters are made of durable, tough, and delightful fiberglass material. Choose from a variety of 18 stunning colors and as many as four textures to suit your design goals.

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