What Can You Plant Around Your Fence?

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There is a great variety of plants to choose from when it comes to planting around your fence. Fast-growing plants that thrive all year round are the most popular plants to border fences. This is because they beautify fences quickly and require less maintenance work. Similarly, plants that keep their flowers and leaves all year round are a favorite.

You can plant flowers, trees, shrubs, vines and hedges around your fence. These various plants will create different scenes based on the way they grow. Trees will create barriers, shielding your home; flowers will create neat borders. Whilst a tender vine will spruce up any bare or ugly fence.

Hedges are deemed the most time-consuming plants to maintain whilst climbing plants will grow easily on their own without threatening to take up too much space. This question of space is an important consideration since some plants will grow large, especially if you are planting trees. There is also the question of how much privacy you wish to create with your plants. So let’s look at the possibilities.

Planting for Privacy

By choosing appropriate plants, you can entirely screen your house from the outside world. Here are the best plants to turn your home into a secluded retreat.

Arborvitae: A dense hedge can be created by arborvitae’s thick, evergreen foliage when the trees are spaced correctly. Brilliantly, it tolerates most soil conditions and is easy to maintain. Depending on how much space you have to plant, you can choose from various types of arborvitae that range from dwarf to giant, expanding in width and height.

Bamboo: As the fastest-growing plant in the world, bamboo quickly creates a screen very quickly. Its exotic and lush appearance can be very attractive. Though, some varieties are invasive. To keep them under control, plant the bamboo in large raised planters.

Holly: This plant is available as a towering tree or small, dense shrubs ranging in various shades of green. They provide extensive privacy around fences, and their sharp leaves offer your home protection. However this may be problematic for homeowners with children.

Planting to Soften Fencing

Sometimes garden fencing can have a rough, hard appearance, but climbing plants will make any fence easy to the eye. Here are several plants perfect to plant around your fence to make it more appealing.

Clematis: Also called the queen of climbers, this flower blossoms into purple, pink, blue or white. They are perfect for planting around fences since they grow upwards rather than outwards growing up the fences. They are happiest in full sunlight.

Chinese Jasmine Star Climber: These plants usually take about 18 months to grow thickly and cover a wide space thoroughly. They grow as a vine, covering your fence and blossoming thickly. They smell fantastic and prefer good soil.

Honeysuckle: These flowers offer long seasons of flowers: beautiful clusters of tubular flowers in reds, yellows, oranges, yellows, creams and purples. They are low maintenance since they are good at supporting themselves with their stems twining around any supports available. They are reliable plants that need little attention and can be left alone to thrive. They grow 2-3 feet tall.

Ivy: If you have a particularly unsightly fence, like chain mail, then ivy is a great option since it grows prolifically and is every green ensuring your fence looks lovely all year around. There are many ivy varieties including Persian, Boston and English.

Flowers for Neat Borders

If you want to border your fence with neat and tidy rows of plants, then flowers are your best option.

Daffodils: Although they only flower in spring, they celebrate the new season and the coming of warmer times with such joyful celebration they are well worth missing them. If planted in straight orderly rows, they will keep to this formation and dazzle you in yellows, whites and oranges.

Hydrangea: These larger pink, blue, white flowers with luscious green leaves are a fabulous choice for bordering fences. Though abundant, this shrub will not grow unruly and will keep to the lines you have planted them in.

Phlox: This flower does an excellent job of covering the ground, creeping and spreading its colour along your borders. It will not only make your fence stand out but is easy to shape whilst keeping a thick covering on the soil. They come in many fantastic colours to inspire your fence.

Plants to Encourage Wildlife

The plants you choose to put around your fence can provide birds and other small creatures with shelter, food and places to raise their young all year round, especially if they produce fruits such as berries. Blueberries, elderberries and blackberries are all examples.

Laurel: Not only is laurel great for shaping and pruning and can make a 10-foot privacy screen but due to its sweet fragrance and small fruits, it attracts many small creatures, especially birds. This plant enjoys moist, light conditions.

Roses: These plants soften the border of fences and entice all sorts of wonderful creatures, providing homes for wildlife to thrive. Since they add fragrance and colour to your fence, butterflies and bees love them ensuring your garden borders are humming with delight. At Last Rose and the Blushing Knock Out Rose are the lowest roses to maintain since both are resistant to disease and grow well without getting too tall.

Viburnum: As an evergreen shrub with flowers that grows in a neatly compact shape, this will make the space around your fence look beautiful and will also bring songbirds, bees and monarch butterflies into your garden. Their flowers start as spectacular deep pink buds opening to clusters of white flowers. Their foliage hardy and lush, withstanding strong winds. Trimmed well, it can be grown as a hedge.

Fast Growing Hedges

If you want your privacy urgently, then hedges are the way forward if they are given the appropriate care and pruned well.

Privet: This plant is extremely fast-growing and if pruned regularly, it can add between two and three feet to its height each year. A thick covering of scented flowers blossoms in spring, adding to its appeal.

Boxwood: Historically, this hedge has been a favourite choice for decoratively pruned hedges in formal gardens. Though, when less manicured, it has its unique beauty and can grow 20 feet tall. Its most commonly seen varieties are a deep green plant, though there are white and gold varieties. It grows quickly, providing a lush living wall.

Pittosporum: Though not as thick or dark green as the hedges, they grow very fast. They are also inexpensive, and when it comes to watering them; it is quality, not quantity. Too much water and they can be drowned.


Though they make take longer to grow, these plants are an investment and will be spectacular to watch grow.

Magnolia: With their thick, evergreen leaves, they will hide any fence. They have beautiful flowers that are delicious pickled.

Pencil Pine: If you want neat and tidy borders, these are your trees since they are slim and will not grow outwards. Hedge them often to ensure they do not grow too tall or wide for your property. They can grow 10 meters tall!

European Fan Palm: Officially, it is not a tree but rather a palm shrub. It is tough and thrives in full sunlight with a tolerance for droughts and extreme heat with its crown of green and leaves shaped liked fans, it is a spectral plant.

Final Thoughts

When planting around your fence trees, shrubs and climbers need less work than formal hedges. Climbing plants are usually the gardener’s favorite since they grow quickly and can mask unattractive fencing features whilst providing interesting wildlife value. They also allow space for other plants to be planted into your plot.