By Davin Michaels
Garden fencing can serve many purposes, but one of the best is
to accent and define areas of your garden. Whether you choose
six or twelve inch high border edging, or stand a section of
post and rail garden fencing in the center of a sweep of lawn,
garden fencing can add a beautiful accent to your landscaping.
Wood lattice makes attractive garden fencing that affords some
privacy while allowing glimpses of the garden. Lattice boards
set into a wooden privacy fence add a whole new design
dimension to the frontage of your garden. A single width of
lattice fencing can provide a screen or windbreak, and support
for any climbing vines.
Set a lattice panel at the edge of the garden nearest the
and train morning glories to climb it to provide a scenery
outside a kitchen or bedroom window, or create a simple arbor
with two full height lattice panels set six to eight feet
apart. Use thick garden twine to create a 'bridge' for vines
climb across and form a living 'roof'.
Border edging is another extremely versatile garden fencing
option. Think outside the perimeter. You can use wire garden
fencing to create smaller accents within a garden plot, or
outline one corner or end of a garden with cast iron border
Cedar shakes or redwood blocks can be used to create curved
borders for slightly raised garden beds, or serve as a
over which to spill indigo lobelia or white alyssum. Create a
zigzag border of decorative low picket garden fencing and
zinnias or marigolds in the V-shaped 'teeth' for a unique
Garden fencing can be used to create a beautiful background
patio dining. Choose a metal trellis and install it just off
patio edge behind the table and dining set. Twine climbing
up over it to create an accent that defines the edge of the
patio and creates an elegant, tasteful accent to your patio
garden at the same time.
Wrought-iron or cast-iron fences tend to be ornate, which
more formal, historic houses, such as Victorians, or high-end
urban homes. Today, similar styles are available in
powder-coated steel, anodized aluminum or composite materials
that are much more affordable and easier to maintain.
Stone fences, which are the oldest known type of fencing, make
great garden walls or boundary markers around traditional
homes, such as Colonials and Cape Cods, when built with native
stone. Dry-stacked walls stay together with the help of
The picket fence, a low, decorative style used to define
property rather than secure it, is a universally popular style
flexible enough to work with almost any home. There are many
variations on the picket fence, including the Federal style,
which features scalloped pickets and decorative finials.
About The Author: There are several reasons for putting up a
fence: privacy, containment or architectural and aesthetic
enhancement of your yard, to name a few.