Green fences are among the most lovely exterior decorations. With the right design, you can create beautiful natural barriers that seamlessly integrate with your gardens, support the local ecology, and help clean the air of the planet.
Check out a few of these ideas to get inspiration for your leafy boundary project.
1. Wire Mesh With Climbing Plants
One of the most common fencing materials is wire mesh. It's cheap, easy to install, and only leaves small spaces for intruding pests to pass through.
Wire mesh with climbing plants can make a dense, beautiful screen. After installing your fence, pick a climbing plant native to your climate zone. Tendril climbers such as sweet peas and those with aerial roots, like ivy, are among the best options.
For a full green wall, plant your greens no further than a foot apart. You can help the branches get started by directing them on the wires. As the vegetation matures, the wire mesh should be lost within the thick vegetation.
2. Spreading Plants With Wire Mesh
Another wire mesh approach is to plant spreading vegetation. You can go with flowers for a cheery burst of color, or spreading bushes that might densely intertwine, providing privacy.
Some great fast-growing green fence plants include North privet, forsythia, silver maple, dawn redwood, and Eastern white pine.
3. Wooden Fence With Climbing Plants
Wooden fences are among the easiest to install, and many are naturally beautiful. They can still be made even more attractive and eco friendly by adding some climbing vegetation.
If you want your green fence to face outward, make sure you leave at least two feet of land between your fence and the property line. Some people prefer planting in pots, others prefer the ground. Whichever the case, you will need space for your green friends to grow.
As with wire mesh fence, you can guide the branches as they grow. If your plants are having a hard time finding a foothold, tack up some lines of string for them to wrap around.
4. Concrete Fence With Climbing Vegetation
Concrete fences are among the strongest, safest barriers, and a leafy coat can beautify their blunt, visual simplicity.
Several plants can anchor their roots on stone, brick, or concrete walls, including climbing roses, ivy, and trumpet vines. These plants can completely cover any surface as long as they are well watered.
5. Pure Thick Green Fence
A 100% green fence using thick vegetation can be a great privacy screen, blocking views of your property while keeping the vibe magically natural.
Thick vegetation fences take time to mature, but there are several fast growing plants that can cut down on the wait. One of the most popular options is bamboo, certain kinds of which can grow multiple feet each day in parts of their life cycle.
Evergreens and palms are also popular barrier plants. Any plants often used for topiaries, like the Leyland cypress, can be trimmed to take any shape, making them good choice for natural walls. Green giant arborvitae, Areca palm, and Glossy Abelia are also common green fence go-tos.
Installing a green fence takes patience while your plants develop, and maintenance once they're fully grown, but the rewards of cultivating them are satisfying and lasting.
Your space will be more beautiful, the local ecology will be stronger and happier, and in a small but real way, you'll be helping improve the environment for everyone.