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Fencing Ideas for Your Garden

Fence Panels

Fencing isn’t typically the focal point of a garden – it’s there to provide privacy and security for you and your family – but the right fencing can complement your landscaping work and even provide structure for plants to grow on.

Decorative Fencing

The simplest way to make your fencing a little more interesting is to use decorative fence panels. The boards on these fence panels are arranged in a variety of patterns, and you can choose from a wide range including modern slatted versions as well as traditional European screens.

This is the simplest way to add a little interest to your garden without having to do any additional work on your fence – installation is exactly the same as a normal fence, but you may need to use more panels than usual, depending on the type that you choose.

Make a Living Fence

If you prefer a more natural approach, a living fence could be the perfect addition to your garden. You can make a living fence by installing standard closeboard or lap fence panels for privacy while the plants are growing and during winter. Then install a layer or trellis on the front of this main fence – that works to give your climbing plants a framework to grow over. This double layer has the added benefit of making your fence stronger – perfect for windy areas.

Finally, all you need to do is choose a climber and plant it at regular intervals along the base of your trellis. All climbing plants need to be tied to a support and will require some training at the beginning – the beauty of climbing plants is that they require less and less maintenance as time goes on.

You can choose from twining climbers like Honeysuckle and Clematis, or simple Ivy if you’d like something that doesn’t need as much attention. It’s important to find out which way your fences face and choose an appropriate plant, since some climbers need a lot of sunlight to survive.

Woven Fences

Hurdle fences are a beautiful alternative to fences with traditional panels and boards. They provide a rustic, natural-looking fence that offers privacy without being at odds with the natural environment.

You can even grow climbing plants on these fences to create a living fence, since climbers can cling onto the horizontal binders.

Traditional Fences with a Twist

If you’d just like to add a pop of colour to your garden, why not choose from the huge range of colours now available as wood stains or even just exterior emulsion paint (if you don’t mind the additional maintenance involved)? All of our fence panels are treated with preservative and are ready to paint – it’s usually easier to do so after installation. The maintenance depends on the strength of your colour and the type of paint used – the more vibrant the colour, the more often you will need to repaint it.