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Practical and Pretty Garden Fence Ideas

A fence is a practical way to protect your garden from critters, but it’s also a fun way to add a little personality to your house and set it apart from the other houses in the neighborhood. But depending on your needs, it can be hard to pick just the right fence. That’s why we’ve looked all over the internet for you to find an array of gates, fences, and garden wall ideas that are inexpensive, easy to install, and provide a multitude of coverage. We hope these ideas will inspire you, as they can be a great and creative way to complement a flower bed or vegetable garden. Some fences even incorporate eye-catching materials like bamboo or lattice that will warmly welcome visitors to your plot of land (or act as a barrier to keep them out, depending on your preference).

Our goal is to put you at ease and show you how much variety exists in the world of garden fences. There’s a type for every kind of architecture, and many could be considered big ideas for small backyards. Whether you’re in the market for privacy or picket—or anything in between—we’ve got you covered with the ultimate finishing touch for your home: a fantastic fence.

Modern Black Fence

This black fence adds a touch of modern flair to an otherwise classic vegetable garden on a Florida horse farm. The fence and a layer of chicken wire keeps out the farm’s many, many animals—95 and counting!

Rolled Bamboo Fencing

While you don’t necessarily want bamboo growing wild in your back yard, it is beneficial as a natural means of fencing. Use it for privacy or to fence off your garden. 

Garden Fence That Doubles as a Privacy Screen

Make your fence do a little work like these Birmingham, AL, homeowners did. They hung container plants on their fence to help soften the look of the screen.

Classic White Archway

A mix of vibrant annuals and perennials add pops of color to this old-fashioned white picket fence, complete with a lovely white archway that directs guests to the front door.

Overgrown Fencing

This northern California farmhouse is home to a lush and natural-looking garden. Oakland landscape designer Tod Rimrodt surrounded the wooden fence with wispy grasses and towering greens that create a backyard paradise.

White Lattice Fence

“The hornbeam hedges line one side of the drive, while a double border acts as another screen and backdrop to the white fence along the road,” designer Charlotte Moss says of the landscaping that punctuates her country garden in East Hampton, New York. “There is a feeling of anticipation mixed with invitation.”

Secret Garden Fenced Doorway

Do you remember that scene in The Secret Garden when Mary opens the door to the garden for the first time? You can re-create that feeling in your own garden with an ivy-covered fence and door. A small window allows visitors a sneak peek.

A Garden and Fence in One

We think this is a brilliant idea, especially if you’re short on space: Make your fence a part of your garden using a shelf and a lineup of small and tall container plants.

Patterned Fence

A fence really can be a work of art, especially when it shows off a distinctive pattern and one-of-a-kind materials.