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Consider a Chic Garden Fence

By Staff Writer
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Have you got some time on your hands this coming season and fancy getting stuck in an outdoor decor project? Your flowers and vegetable garden may be on point, but what about your perimeters?

Perhaps your fence is one gust of wind away from falling down, or looks like it's seen better days. You've got a lovely fixer-upper on your hands and so many potential aesthetic and functional paths to take. Unless it's the aesthetic you're going for, there's no reason to limit yourself to the iconic white picket fence.


A natural fence

This rustic barrier made from bent wood works well if you're going for a less refined farm-style aesthetic to match an older property or a wildlife garden. It's a little weathered and rough around the edges, but that only adds charm.

When you consider that the materials are reused and free, this cottage garden fence is as appealing and sustainable as they come.


A trellis screen

Trellises aren't just a support structure for climbing vines; they can serve as beautiful fences and partitions. The crossed bars of a trellis fence are so neat and pretty, and you can paint them or retain the wood's natural color.

You don't have to go with wood either—metal and vinyl lattices work just as well. Trellises are sturdy enough to wrap around your entire home, and creeping foliage can make them even more visually interesting and, ironically, more private. A tighter pattern enhances privacy too.


A wiry solution

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Chicken or box wire and wood will serve you well in fence construction. The budget-conscious love how inexpensive this option is, and the result is strong enough to contain your pets and keep pesky animals out.

Options that pair wooden posts with plastic or metal wiring are often called hybrid fences and can look as refined or cobbled-together as you like. You can stain the wood for more finesse.


A mixed media barrier

When you're unsure whether to go with a stone wall or a picket fence, go for both. The smoothness of the pickets contrasts nicely with the coarse stone, and your fence can be matchy-matchy with your house.

Metal or wood panels allow you to see what's going on in the neighborhood. We like this coupling for its relative affordability, too.


A woven beauty

Woven fences are one way to connect with your ancestors from millennia ago—those golden oldies used the structures as they transitioned from a hunter-gatherer existence into a settlement lifestyle.

The willow weaving on this fence is simple but meticulous, and the color difference adds richness to the construction. Intricate fences like this one often cast equally striking shadows, so that's something else to look forward to.


A small but impactful boundary

How about this classic lil' cutie? The solid iron fencing adds a vintage touch to this perennial garden feature. You can delineate your flower beds or use a similar short barrier to outline an entertainment seating area.

Check out the taller feature in the middle of the fence—it's bringing all the drama.


A breezy, modern setup

Clean lines are garden designer catnip, and it doesn't get tidier than this Venetian-style fence. The horizontal slats modernize the structure, and you can go quite high without feeling overwhelmed.

These semi-solid wood panels are a win; sunlight filters through them pleasantly and warms the space, and the fence provides the perfect backdrop for colorful flowers and herbs.


A corten steel wall

The curb appeal here is likely next level. The delicate trees towering over and all along the fence might seem like the star attraction, but the weathered and durable corten steel with a pre-rust finish may just steal the show.

It's unconventional and contemporary—definitely a great way to make your property stand out.


A concrete retainer

For a left-field selection, go for a concrete retaining wall like this stepped one in Italy's mountainous Piemonte region. It manages to look both ancient and a la mode and is a good choice for a sloping garden.

The subtle color difference from one line to the next cements this style's spot on this list.


A filigree feature

This backlit filigreed screen is garden decor goals and draws attention to the ultra-mod raised beds. The wooden screen is reminiscent of the Islamic art you might have seen in a 15th-century Ottoman seraglio, and it's not overdone.

Instead, it's broken up by a texturally different stone feature panel. Horizontal wooden slats complete the look of this private oasis.



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