Saturday, February 22, 2014

10 Great Ways to Dress up a Wall or Fence

Private Garden, Forest Hills ON

Some walls have a beautiful aged patina. The last thing you'd want to do is cover them up or hide them. But other times, a wall or a fence can be anything but attractive. 

It could also be the case that you want to fenced boundaries of your garden to be softer or to disappear all together.

Here are 10 great ways to make that wall or fence just that little bit more attractive.

Patricia and Loren's Garden in Mississauga, ON

1. Layer a decorative garden ornament over vines.

Patricia and Loren's Garden in Mississauga, ON

Private Garden, Mississauga, ON

2. Install a wall fountain.

Private Garden, Brampton, ON

Private Garden, Forest Hills, ON


Private Garden, Grimsby, ON

3. Cover the fence with vines, install a small water feature and surround it with plantings.

Private Garden, Grimsby, ON

Private Garden, Forest Hills, ON

4. Use a decorative trellis support and a flowering vine. Add a decorative element like a planter or birdhouse on top of the trellis for extra color and interest.


Private Garden, Rosedale, ON

My garden


Private Garden, Forest Hills, ON

5. Place a large planter or birdbath in front of the wall.

Private Garden, Mississauga, ON

Private Garden, Brampton, ON

6. Stagger planting boxes or hang baskets down the length of the fence.

Private Garden, Mississauga, ON


Private Garden, Mississauga, ON

7. Use a mirrored window to reflect an attractive part of your garden.

Private Garden on Ward Island

8. Keep it simple and just go green.

Private Garden, Mississauga, ON

9. Create a little seating area.

 Private Garden, Forest Hills, ON

(This seating area was specially made, but I think you could easily accomplish a similar effect by using a ready-made bench, planting vines and installing a decorative hanging lantern like the one below.)


Sandria's Garden in Brampton Ontario

10. Go classical by placing a statue in among the greenery to disguise the wall or fence.


Hope you found a bit of inspiration for your own garden.

Have a wonderful weekend!

20 comments:

  1. You showed some great ways to dress op fences and walls, there is always something useful for own garden among all the pretty things you can do to make it more beautiful. Only one thing, I need more buildings with empty walls and more empty fences, haha.

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  2. Lots of interesting ideas Jennifer - it must take you ages to go through all your photos to find the relevant ones for these post - or maybe you are super organised and can find them in an instant.

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    1. Organized? I wish Elaine! I do have an incredible memory for pictures and I rely on that quite a bit.

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  3. Great ideas, Jennifer! I think I may copy the one about adding extra hanging baskets to our wooden fence. Such a nice pop of colour!

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  4. Hey Jennifer, do you have any recommendations for a quick growing annual vine that likes cool temps? Morning glory won't grow for me, sweet peas hate my garden & thunbergia is stunted. Oh and it has to grow in crappy soil too. HELP!

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    1. An annual vine that likes the cold and doesn't mind crappy soil? Hmm...Depending on what you mean by "crappy" soil, what about nasturtiums? There are climbing varieties, but if "crappy" means heavy clay nasturtiums won't work. If nasturtiums end up being something you want to consider, you may want to start them from seed indoors. Otherwise it will be a wait for a decent show.
      If you want to branch out and consider perennials, you'd have more options like 'Jackamanii' variety of clematis. They are pretty reliable and colorful at the same time.
      If anyone has any suggestions for Anne, please chime in. Thanks!

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  5. Thank you for the inspiration! Lovely ideas and beautiful pictures.

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  6. Seriously amazing! I am speechless! Every photo had elements that I loved! I have so many areas where I have to grow up on my bla fences and these photos gave me great ideas! Thanks! Now if it would just warm up! A wonderful weekend to you friend! Nicole xoxo

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  7. Wow, there are so many ideas here, you are a cornucopia of inspiration. My husband's shop forms a 20' long white steel wall that is the boundary of the woodland garden. I've been staring at that thing for years, trying to think of ways to improve the view. I love that white trellis with the roses, but sadly, my area is shade and even if it wasn't, roses and I just don't work out. (It's my fault, not the roses, poor things.) Thank you for the ideas!

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  8. Thank you for the inspiration, Jennifer! I fell in love with that last statue. Beautiful! Happy Sunday!

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  9. What great ideas...thank you. These are all so pretty!

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  10. Wonderful inspirational ideas for dressing up walls and fences. I've done some of these and have always wanted to try a mirror in the garden but just haven't had the right spot. The shed is adorable!

    Shirley
    The Gardening Life

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  11. All great ideas. I have been wondering what to do in this new corner I have in my garden. Thinking the fountain idea just haven't figured it out yet what all I want to do. Thanks for the ideas!!!

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  12. Lovely ideas! :-)

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  13. Some marvelous ideas here, you have me thinking of carving a green man on my felled tree stump....xxx

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  14. I absolutely love the 3rd photograph in #6. That is so beautiful, Jennifer, and you have given so many wonderful ideas here. Thank you!

    I hope you've had a fantastic weekend, and I wish you a great week ahead.

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  15. Great to see what is possible to decorate walls and garden Jennifer.
    Have a wonderful day.

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  16. I definitely had an inspiration through your garden and that is one of the most beautiful garden I've ever seen. I have a pet dogs a labrador and a shih tzu and I think that kind of garden will be perfect for them. Thanks a lot.

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  17. Stunning examples. I am still trying to get the vines to grow along the picket fence I have. It takes a long time to establish them.

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