3 Decorative Garden Fence Ideas

A decorative garden fence.

A decorative garden fence serves an aesthetic purpose, while also clarifying the boundaries of the property or of a section of it. Many families feel safer if their children are fenced in while playing in the yard and others want to ensure that curious pets aren't at risk of running into the road. Whatever the reason for your decorative garden fence, there are several choices when it comes material, color, shape, and size.

TIP: Our expert gardening advisor, Kathy Bosin adds, "In most US jurisdictions, a building permit is required in order for a homeowner installs a fence of any kind. Be sure to check with your local town code for any special instructions."

Wooden Picket Fence

Typically American, wooden picket fences remain popular throughout the U.S., particularly in suburban areas. Ranging in height from 1 to 5 feet, a picket fence is a great way to border your front lawn and is easy to install.

Fence posts need to be buried around 2 feet in the ground but shouldn't need any extra support, such as concrete.

TIP: Kathy cautions you, "In many locations, fence posts need to be dug below the freeze level in the soil, typically 36 inches, and concrete poured into the hole to secure the posts. This requires some research or experience to ensure that the posts are positioned properly."

Use pressure treated lumber and be sure to paint it to protect it from the elements. Winding tendrils around the spokes or placing hanging baskets along the visible side can also enhance the visual appeal of your decorative garden fence.

Vinyl Fence

Vinyl fences are solid, durable and can be made to resemble real wood. They are a good option if you are looking for a low-maintenance fence that is built to last. Although they can be more expensive than wood fences, there are a wide range of colors available. Composite wood is a wildly popular version of wood-like vinyl fencing and is noted for the amazing levels of durability that it possesses.

When it comes to installation, there is very little room to maneuver because most come preassembled. It is recommended that only homeowners who are confident in DIY practices attempt to put up a vinyl fence. Post center to center dimensions must be incredibly accurate, while expansion and contraction needs to be accounted for. Always leave room for the vinyl to move.

Iron Garden Fence

An iron garden fence is usually made of steel but is designed to look like authentic wrought iron. It is an ideal way to integrate plants into your decorative garden fence as creepers can loop their tendrils through the various holes, creating an attractive visual feature.

In general, a small iron garden fence will be supplied in panels, about 3 feet square, with a spear post at each end that is driven into the ground. In terms of installation, this kind of fence is quick to put up, often without any concrete work or digging necessary. Once erected, it can be effectively left to stand with very little maintenance.

TIP: Kathy advises, "Large iron fences can be expensive to purchase and install, but will last for decades."

Leaving it unmaintained can create an attractive rusty look, adding to the authenticity of the fence. The popular hoop and spear design is also very unobtrusive, as it allows viewers to see straight through it. Unlike a wooden or vinyl fence, it won't block the view of your flowers or lawn. Instead, it actually tends to blend in naturally with its surroundings.

These decorative garden fence ideas will add to the aesthetics of your yard. Happy gardening!