Looking for garden fence decorating ideas for your front garden, backyard or even patio space? Then you've landed on the right page.
While a garden fence is traditionally used to define a boundary and provide security, that doesn't mean they can't also be beautiful or useful in other ways.
Fencing also provides an ideal backdrop for plants, as well as protecting the garden from the extremes of winter weather.
What's more, according to a recent national survey conducted across independent estate agents, having a well-maintained fence is a great way to ensure you sell your house quickly and secure a top price for your property.
To get you started, we've rounded up the best garden fence decorating ideas that combine functionality with style.
1. Give your fence a modern look
If you are after a contemporary appearance, then we recommend choosing fence panels with a pale-wood finish. To stop your fence looking dull, hang an outdoor mirror to reflect sunlight and add interest to your patio. This is also a smart trick for making a small garden appear a lot bigger. You'll be surprised – and amazed – the difference a mirror can make to any room – indoors and out.
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2. Set up raised beds against a fence
Raised beds offer endless possibilities for growing crops and flowers, and they are so easy to include into any garden. Position raised beds against a garden fence and watch as your plants and flowers cling to the rails and trellis. Beautiful.
3. Turn your fence into a vertical garden
Turn a simple garden fence into a living wall. Springing up over vertical surfaces everywhere, green walls keep buildings cool, improve air quality, reduce noise and are a magnet for wildlife. It's a no-brainer.
See our living wall ideas feature for all the know-how and tips you could want.
4. Paint a picket fence
Paint a picket fence to add vibrancy to the front of your home. And, if you are feeling brave of heart – opt for a multitude of colors for added interest. Outdoor paint will not only give your garden fence personality and charm, it will give the timber added protection, too.
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5. Opt for mixed materials
Mix fencing materials to create a distinctly unique appearance. Here, we have combined stone and wood in a criss-cross-style arrangement. This has been done not just for the effect, but also for practical reasons, too. Stone will endure a good soaking from the outdoor shower – far better than any wood. With a modern garden fence like this, the emphasis is on quality natural materials with an innate beauty of their own.
6. Drape a trellis with climbing flowers
There’s a wide choice of trellis sizes and shapes with lattice or square patterns in wood or willow. Attractive in their own right, they also look beautiful draped with climbers.
7. Light up a garden fence
Battery or solar powered outdoor fairy lights are easily wrapped in and around fence, trellis or even hedges and trees for a whimsical effect. This look is wonderful for when the sun goes down.
8. Take your garden to the next level with color
Bring an extra splash of color to your outdoor space by pepping up fence panels with paint. Go as bold as your dare with the color choice – this is your chance to really express yourself.
Before you start, the wood has to be dry, so tackle the job when no rain is forecast for a few days. Avoid very hot days, though, as the sun will dry out the paint before it’s had a time to generate the wood properly.
9. Use roses to hide an old fence
Use climbing roses to disguise a rickety or old garden fence. Over the past 20 years, climbing roses have bounced back into popularity and the market has responded with a spare of excellent new varieties. There’s nothing wrong with the old ones, but the breeders have improved upon them by offering larger flowers, healthier foliage and more manageable growth. This is where such roses as Aloha, Compassion and Penny Lane belong. They are generally healthier and larger-flowered than the old ramblers.
10. Do away with solid fence panels
If your property is not overlooked – or your garden offers an element of privacy – you may not wish to erect solid fence panels. This slatted fence is a softer approach to setting the boundaries of a garden, without making it feel too enclosed. The slim gaps between the slats allows a glimpse of the greenery beyond, in a sense extending the view of the garden – while still framing the grounds. Use ivy to tread between the slats for added impact and greenery.
If you are after more privacy in your outdoor space, take a look at our garden privacy ideas for advice.
How do you decorate a garden fence?
Small hanging pots on a fence, filled with trailing plants or annual displays, look bright and cheerful, and enable you to ring the changes through each season. You can use smaller window boxes or hanging troughs. Fix directly to the fence or wall, or use a grid to hang them from, but watch the weight. Vertical garden kits offer another planting option.
We also recommend that you give wildlife a helping hand, too. Walls and fence can be good for the eco-system. Flowering climbers provide food for bees, moths and butterflies, while denser coverings, such as a wall clad in ivy or Virginia creeper, can also offer potential nesting sites for birds and are a natural home for smaller insects. If you prefer your boundaries to be climber-free, insect hotels and bird boxes make attractive and useful decorations.
How do you disguise a fence?
To camouflage a wooden or unsightly fence or concrete posts, you can fix hanging baskets or small pots using specially design clip-on fittings. Alternatively, plant climbers and cover posts and fences with chicken wire to give them a framework to attach themselves too.
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