Successful garden and landscape design schemes are usually a seamless blend of the beautiful and the practical, with the more functional aspects of the space cleverly disguised so that they too are beautiful in their own way, or hidden away from view so that they’re barely noticeable.
Fencing is one such practical inclusion that every garden will need in some form or other if a boundary is required around the property. Wood is usually the go-to choice of material, but all too often standard fences just seem a little underwhelming or at odds with the rest of your garden design ideas.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are all sorts of little tricks you can employ that will help make your garden fence look lovely in its own right, working for your garden rather than against it.
For example, you could invest in some decorative bamboo or willow screening to run along the length of the fence, giving it an instant facelift and tying it in nicely with the rest of your landscaping. If you’ve gone for a Japanese style garden, this will work really well.
Alternatively, you could think even more creatively than that and turn part of your fence into a vertical garden using hanging pots and planters, as well as wall-mounted shelving, to show off your favourite plants.
Or you could keep it more simple and stripped back by showing off the wood of your new fence but having it installed with horizontal slats instead of the more traditional way of doing it… or you could do a combination of the two for a truly interesting design aesthetic.
As a final suggestion, what about using different colours of wood for your fencing to help bring your garden to life? Choosing darker and lighter shades will complement each other perfectly and make a real statement, while ensuring you can retain your privacy at home.