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Planting to disguise very large fence

Hi there,

We have recently moved into a new build house with an extremely high wooden fence at the back of the garden (approx 8/9ft) which unfortunately dominates the appearance of the garden. The garden itself is not deep so we cannot have large borders etc. I would be extremely grateful for any economical ideas for disgusing/breaking up the appearance of the fence through planting etc. Many thanks



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    First question-who owns the fence?image

  • Nat4Nat4 Posts: 10

    We do, it backs onto a small area of no mans land 5ft deep between us and a roadimage


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    That is good- you can attach structures to support climbers hang pots from with no trouble then.image

    Any preference on climbers?

  • Nat4Nat4 Posts: 10

    I must admit that I am a bit of a novice. Do you have any suggestions for fast spreading colourful climbers?


  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    Don't make the mistake of narrow borders. It will just make you feel more enclosed, go for dramatic effect, bold planting. There is loads about on how to design a small enclosed garden. But yes cover your fence with climbers , but also shrubs for birds and interest.

    Research more before you commit to narrow borders. I'm trying to think where I have seen something - may get back t you when I have thunkimage

  • Nat4Nat4 Posts: 10

    Thanks Rosa image


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    There are lots of clematis that flower at different times-there are some keen clematis growers on this forum-who may come up with some suggestions

    You could grow some low growing plants at the base

    You could get some wall baskets to attach to the fence and fill with spring/summer bedding to ring the changes at different times of yearimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,982

    I agree with Rosa, a narrow border will draw your eye to the fence. Making it wider will make you look away from the fence. If its a small area just leave yourself a good sitting/playing space and call the rest garden. And if the fence is that ghastly orange brown that so many are you can paint it.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Just had a thought-how much sun does the area get?-what direction does it face?image

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    Also how big are we talking? 

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