A fence features solitude in your backyard as well as a barrier to keep pets or children in while ensuring unwanted guests — human or otherwise — stay on the opposing side. Fences also offer you a landscaping opportunity in your yard, letting you define the region and bring life and color to the edges of your space. Start your plan by picking a fence to match your landscaping style. White steel or PVC fence panels create a stark line of demarcation that needs to be softened, while unfinished wood tends to mix much more seamlessly.

Take advantage of the fence’s vertical space by planting tall shrubs, shrubs or climbing vines directly facing the fence. This adds life and color over the fence line and helps to make the hurdle look more natural. Train climbing vines up the fence by securing them into the fence planks with garden twine or pipe cleaners.

Plant medium-sized bushes, like azaleas (Rhododendron sp.) Or boxwoods (Buxus sempervirens), either in front of the tall plants, creating a layering effect to deliver down the eye in a natural growth in the height of the fence to bottom level. Prune these trees every single fall to keep them at your preferred height. Put smaller plants, like yearly blooming plants or decorative grasses, before to complete the transition into your yard.

Layout the flower beds in curving shapes, winding in and out in front of the fence. Nature doesn’t usually design itself in straight lines, hence the curves lend a natural texture to your landscaping. Adding straight lines of flower beds enhances the plain fence line, making the landscaping feel forced instead of natural.

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