Landscaping Along Fence IDEAS
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Landscaping Along Fence IDEAS

Curving landscaping lines help soften your straight fence line.

A fence offers privacy in your backyard as well as a barrier to keep pets or kids in while ensuring unwanted guests – human or otherwise – remain on the other side. Fences also offer a landscaping opportunity in your yard, allowing you to define the area and bring life and color to the edges of your space. Start your plan by picking a fence to match your landscaping style. White metal or PVC fence panels create a stark line of demarcation that needs to be softened, while unfinished wood tends to blend in more seamlessly.

Take advantage of the fence’s vertical space by planting tall shrubs, trees or climbing vines directly in front of the fence. This adds life and color along the fence line and helps make the barrier appear more natural. Train climbing vines up the fence by securing them to the fence panels with garden twine or pipe cleaners.

Plant medium-sized bushes, such as azaleas (Rhododendron sp.) or boxwoods (Buxus sempervirens), in front of the tall plants, creating a layering effect to bring the eye down in a natural progression from the height of the fence to ground level. Prune these bushes each fall to keep them at your desired height. Put smaller plants, such as annual blooming plants or decorative grasses, in front to finish the transition to your lawn.

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

Things You Will Need

  • Plants
  • Garden twine or pipe cleaners
  • Water feature


  • Mix perennial and annual plants as well as evergreen shrubs or vines to bring pops of color in the different seasons and lively green all year. Add a water feature, such as a fountain, near the fence to create a relaxing feel or help drown out noise pollution in your space.