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Creating a Fence with Plants

Last Updated Jan 3, 2012 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald

When it comes to fencing, there’s no need to stick to the “traditional” materials such as wood, brick or steel.  Dare to stand out from the pack a little bit with your very own living fence, created with plants.  Here are some tips to get you started! For more information or to select plants for your living fence, speak to someone at your local nursery.

Why Use Plants for Your Fence?

The primary purpose for most fences is to define the boundaries of a property – where one home ends and another begins. However, there is no need to use one of the standard fencing materials to do this.  If you prefer a more natural look and want to extend your garden right into the fence, using plants to create your boundary is the perfect choice.  Dense growing plants will give you the privacy that you crave, especially if you live in a built up area, and looking at them will bring you a feeling of peace and calm.  You’ll feel like you’re in the middle of an oasis rather than fenced away from the world.  You’ll find that some living fences also have the additional benefit of being able to screen out general road noise!

Plants to Use in Your Living Fence

If you’ve decided that you want to use plants to create a living fence, you might be wondering exactly what types of plants you can use.  The answer all depends on the look that you are trying to create, whether that’s a fence you cannot see through or a more open fence that just denotes the edges of your property.  Hedging plants such as Box or pittosporum are perfect as they have compact growth and attractive foliage.  Alternatively, you can use pines that have been planted close together, or even flowering plants such as roses and the like.  If you’re after something fast growing, a bamboo hedge is perfect but be careful to plant clumping bamboo not running bamboo, or you’ll soon find that your bamboo is going wild!   On the other hand, if you want your living fence to be productive, why not plant a line of citrus trees?  You can eat or juice the fruit, or turn it into jams and preserves!
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