Growing a Flowering Fence
Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated August 7, 2023)
Have you ever heard the term "living fence"? These types of fences are unlike most other fences, since you will be, in effect, using the fence itself as an extension of your garden. There are many ways that you can do this, and all of which can provide you with a beautiful, and unique, living fence that you will love. Growing a flowering fence is also relatively easy to do, as long as you keep a few simple ideas in mind.
- Use bushes and shrubs. Perhaps the simplest way to start growing a "flowering fence" is through the use of bushes and shrubs. Simply choose a few different bushes and shrubs and plant them around your yard as a fence. While you could always go with a boring old shrub, try to use a little creativity, and use something that will be more colorful. For example you could use some magnolias, hydrangeas, and so on to create a truly colorful and beautiful flowering fence.
- Use vines. If you have a chain link, trellis, or similar type of fence around your yard, why not spruce it up a bit using some vines? Whether you use an evergreen, deciduous, or perennial vine you will be able to "train" the vine to grow along the fence. As it grows, the vines will work their way through the links and create a single living fence that will flower regularly. I would suggest refraining from using any annual vines, since it can be pretty labor intensive to replace the vines each year.
- Use trees. Trees can actually be a wonderful type of living fence, and if done right can even be a beautiful "flowering fence." For example, by using some trees such as dwarf apple, plum, orange, or lemon you will be able to create a gorgeous natural fence around your home that will flower regularly. Best of all, this method usually doesn't require very much in the way of regular maintenance since trees usually are very hardy.
- Experiment with other plants. There are other kinds of plants that you could use as well to create a flowering fence. Actually, just about any kind of plant could be used, as long as you are willing to experiment a little and do the work necessary. Ask your local nursery if they have any suggestions for plants that will grow particularly well in your region, and use them.
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