Most gardens can benefit from a fence, both to protect it from the local wildlife and for aesthetic reasons. On the other hand, some fences will fit in with certain gardens much more easily than others. Picking the right fence comes down to looking at the garden’s purpose, and then choosing the fence that will support that goal.
Most gardeners plant flowers for decorative reasons, so it’s important to choose a fence that will not detract from the appearance of the garden. In most cases, that means that the fence should be relatively short. A taller fence would offer more protection from deer and other herbivores, but it runs the risk of blocking the view of the flowers, so they are rarely worth using. A fence that will rise to a few inches below the level of the shortest flower is usually best.
Wood is the best material for these fences. Wood’s natural color will go well with most flowers, and darker woods can provide a pleasant contrast against brighter petals. Painted wood can also be appropriate, although the color should be chosen carefully. Neutral shades are always safe, but a color that will compliment as many of the flowers as possible can create an interesting and appealing visual effect.
Most vegetable gardens are constantly threatened by hungry wildlife, such as rabbits and deer. An external fence around the garden can help to solve that problem, and it can be an excellent investment for gardeners that want to keep their crop in one piece.
External fences need to be tall, especially in areas that have a healthy population of deer. Their height will help to prevent animals from jumping over them. They should also be flush against the ground, to make sure that animals can’t squeeze under them. However, they should also have as much open space as possible, to make sure that the plants behind the fences can get enough sun. Almost any material will suffice for these fences, as long as they can meet those structural requirements. Electric fencing can also be useful here, although it isn’t necessary outside of the most extreme cases.
If a garden is large enough that people can take a leisurely stroll through it, then it can certainly benefit from a little bit of artistic fencing. The fences can help guide people along an appropriate path, but its main job is to provide a pretty contrast to all of the greenery that surrounds it.
Wood, metal, and stone fences all have a place in this type of garden. Wooden fences can provide a protective barrier around delicate plants that will stop people from getting too close without being visually intrusive. Metal fences provide more of a contrast. It’s best to use them around the outside of the garden, since they provide a clear boundary between the garden’s world of plants and external civilization. Low stone walls form a middle ground. They’re much more visible than wooden fences, but they also look more natural. Use them to form a subtle contrast with the greenery, and to provide a border around picnic tables, paths, or rest areas.