Thoughts and musings
Josh | September 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
The garden is one of the most beautiful parts of a home. A cornucopia of vibrant flowers and lush leaves are worthy of anyone’s attention. However, in a sea of manicured lawns, how do set your garden apart?
Long gone are the days of the well-trimmed parterres of the Romans, the ha-has of the Englishmen and the walled courtyards of the Spaniards. Today, a fence is a celebrated garden barrier for the modern suburban home.
Fences are functional and stylish structures. With these garden fence ideas, you can protect your flowerbeds from pests while making your garden the focal point of your homes exterior.
Similar to thewattle fence trendin Colonial Williamsburg, wood makes a excellent barrier for the garden. Wattle fences were originally made from woven panels of willow sticks that shielded artichokes from roaming racoons and guided foot traffic in the vegetable plot. With its intricate basket-weave patterns, the wattle fence lends a rustic appeal to an otherwise regal landscape.
Today, gardeners use sturdier wood materials for their fences but they are still as charming. Wooden garden fencing in the suburbs ranges from short, stubby pine slats to the longer, thicker oak variety. Interlaced twigs are also great fencing materials for quick and easy solutions. If you have a good hand at woodcutting, you can even use recycled birch cladding for your garden’s fence. With wood, the possibilities are endless.
Another classic and low-maintenance garden fence idea is a hedge fence. They are reminiscent of Roman parterre designs but on a much smaller scale. Box hedges are popular for suburban homes, especially in the front gardens. They pair well with existing concrete, picket and brick fences but can also act as a lone barrier for your backyard garden when structured delicately.
It may be difficult to trim your own hedges, so it’s a good idea to call a professional landscape gardener to shape the hedges to your liking. A hedge fence is a versatile choice when you feel like restructuring the hedges. A hedge fence enables you to change the look of your garden easily.
Marty Moran, an American homeowner, initially sought privacy in building her garden barrier but they instantly fell apart when a neighbour’s tree came down. In reconstructing her garden fence, she wanted something durable yet attractive enough for passersby.
To replace her flimsy cedar and bamboo panels, Moran took inspiration from her travels and opted for aliving wallthat was common in museums abroad. Her new fence consisted of 4-inch rails with the topmost panels hollowed out for flowers and wall plants. The panels had a beautiful sprinkle of pansies, sweet peas, lobelia and geraniums that she tended with a step ladder. Moran also loved using succulents so that watering them daily wouldn’t be a problem.
When creating your own flowering fence, pick flowers that are season-appropriate or, even better,perennial. Cherry pies, golden trumpets and cape mallows are only a few amongst a number of species that bloom all year long.
Perhaps a more heavy-duty yet equally aesthetically pleasing option is a stone fence. A special spin to normal fencing, landscapers glue rocks together to form a rock hedge. The height of the fence and the tone of the rocks are all up to you. The pattern isn’t a concern in stone fences—the more unstructured, the better.
Although it might be the most tedious to do amongst all the garden fence ideas, the protection it provides for your garden is worth the hard work. Crafting a fence from rock strengthens the appearance of your landscape, making it a striking addition to the modern garden.
For contemporary design aficionados, you might want to take the urban route when choosing your garden fence. A stark contrast to bucolic structures, the modern barrier is usually comprised of metal, stainless steel and galvanised materials. This gives your garden an industrial allure that balances out the soft, graceful features of your yard.
When applied to a front garden, urban barricades offer safety solutions not only to your flowers but also to your home. You can have gates and locks installed to keep your property secure, both from garden pests and potential intruders.
Some homeowners are content with a simple fence design that does the job. Others, however, want to go the extra mile.
Ditching the ordinary look of wooden panels, a landscape artist drilled through the panels and pounded multi hued marbles into the holes into the fence. The marbles create a stunning splash of mottled light in the daytime. Another idea is to paint over wooden panels—the creative decisions are all yours. The trick is to treat your fence like a canvas and let your imagination run wild with your mural.
Artistic fence transformations are inexpensive and fun to do. If you don’t trust your own skills, you could also hire a professional to help you achieve your vision.
We’re often very quick to throw things out once we find no use for them. Did you know, however, that the very rubbish you toss into the bin can be your next garden fence?
With just a little bit of resourcefulness, almost any object in your home can become a fence panel. A landscape artist once usedold bicycles, components and wheelsas parts of a garden fence. Others have turned surfboards, glass bottles, ski sledges and window shutters into vibrant fencing, for both the backyard and the front garden. When done properly, recycled items can make exquisite barriers—just be prepared to be the newest talk of the town.
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