Welcome to our best garden fence ideas gallery. A garden fence is a practical and functional addition to any garden, landscape or backyard. It is considered to be the backbone of garden design as it adds beauty and aesthetic value to your home and landscape.
It’s rewarding and fulfilling to have a garden where you can plant flowers or grow your own vegetables in, but it’s unpleasant when you have to worry about animals damaging your produce, unaware children picking your flowers or even attracting those who could damage your plants.
Protect your garden from these problems by building a garden fence and get more than what you need by designing it multi purposely. Here is a comprehensive guide of everything you need to know about this fixture and design ideas you can draw inspiration from. This article is part of our Fence Designs (Ultimate Guide).
Quicklook: Different Fencing Types For Gardens
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Types Of Fences For Gardens
Garden fences come in different materials, style, shape and sizes. Each type caters to different needs of your home as well as adds a different character to the overall look of your outdoor space.
Below are the most popular types of garden fence ideas including an overview of their characteristics, pros, cons and an idea of how much each will cost. In addition to these information, enjoy our gallery of ideas to keep you inspired and help you decide which ones the best for your home.
Garden fence panels are ready made panels which are usually 3 feet to 6 feet high and are commonly used not only as garden plot barriers but as perimeter walls for your lot. It is usually made up of wood, metal, vinyl or PVC.
This type is ideal for homeowners who would like to engage on building their own as it is easy to install. It usually costs around $15 to $100 per panel at local home improvement stores or specialty suppliers.
These panels are usually available as picket style. This design features decorative top posts and is accentuated with two birdhouses on each end. In this design, the single garden fence panel adds a charming focal point for this simple rustic garden. Another type of panel which is made up of powder coated, water resistant, lightweight wire mesh.
Both practical and functional, this simple solution adds a casual border to the garden without overpowering the natural beauty of the surrounding flowers. A wire fence is usually attached to t-posts or wooden posts.
Garden fencing panels can also be made up of black powder coated iron and is usually sold per set. Even with minimal ornamentation, these panels can serve as an accent to small flower beds by functioning as a decorative border. See this metal fence panel at – Source
Garden Border Fence
Garden fence borders are decorative edgings for plant beds which are sold by sections or panels and are usually a little more than 2 feet in height. Aside from providing a border around your plants, it also sometimes functions as a support for vines by giving them a place to climb.
It is also effective in keeping pets away from ransacking your harvest or damaging your plants. It is also an easy way to add accent to your landscape.
Installation is as easy as sticking it to the ground. Typically made up of powder coated steel, garden fencing borders costs around $5 to $30 per piece.
White picket fences are a standard in American and cottage style homes. Set up as borders against bright yellow sunflowers, the simplicity of white picket fencing add appeal to this landscape.
An example of a wooden garden border fence, this design features vertical and horizontal wooden slats in a simple geometric pattern. The natural wooden finish gives this modern garden a minimalist border.
This metal garden border fence is powder coated which makes it more resistant to rust. It is suited for surrounding flower beds, drives and walkways. See this metal garden fence at – Source
This design features a wooden garden border fencing in a diamond lattice pattern. Combine with a man made stone water feature, charming flowers and greenery, this garden exudes a play of textures.
Another example of wooden border fencing, this design features a simple 3 layer horse rail fencing. The natural finish of the wood give this garden a rustic farmhouse feel.
A more rugged version of the picket, this garden border fence has a natural look which blends perfectly well with the neighboring flower garden.
Wooden Garden Edging
Adding wooden garden edging as a decorative border around flowering plants can be another way to add visual interest to your garden.
Where the fence is straight and the ground fairly level, it would not be difficult to construct some form which would not only serve its purpose, but would also add to the character and interest of the garden. – The Art & Craft of Garden Making, Thomas Hayton Mawson
To get this look small pieces of wood edging are placed in a small trench to border the edge of the garden area. Once in place fill in some soil and tamp down the area around the edging to keep it in place.
Garden edging can be bought in 8 foot length from hardware stores and cut to the sizes needed. The wood is typically treated or of a variety that’s resistant to rot making it ideal for use in wet conditions.
Garden kits are garden fencing borders which are sold as complete sets. Usually consisted of 3 or more pieces of panels per pack which include other installation paraphernalia such as connectors.
It is readily available, quick and easy to install which makes it an ideal “no sweat” do it yourself project. These kits usually costs around $30 to $130 depending on the design and style.
Shown above is an example of a lightweight powder coated metal garden fence border. Excellent not only for protecting plants, its curved design inspired by vintage French style add a little drama to dainty plant bed.
Wood is the most common and standard material for garden fencing. From basic paneled design to the more ornamental style, wooden garden fences may either be constructed as vertical or horizontal panels, slats, lattice, trellis, wattled, shadowbox, Stockade style or picket fencing.
It also allows for more added decoration because planters, lanterns or hanging lights can be easily fixed into it. Wooden fencing can also be combined with other materials such as metal post for an additional support or flair.
The most common types of wood being used for gardens are pine, redwood or cedar wood as these species can withstand weather changes and are resilient when wet.
Cedar wood is well loved because it resists decomposition and can last outdoors. It is best to choose the highest wood grade you can afford because it will pay off in the long run.
An advantage of using wood is that it is inexpensive, costing an average of $5 to $10 per linear foot depending on its style. Design wise, wood offers a lot of choices as it can be cut into many sizes, can be stained, painted or left with a natural look.
It can also last for years if treated correctly. However, one downside of using wood is that it requires regular upkeep and maintenance. Wood is prone to warping and can be infested with termites so make sure to invest on proper treatments prior to use.
Wooden garden panels are also highly suitable for classic, country or rustic themed gardens and they also work well for modern themed houses.
Blue wooden garden fences serve as an accent for this traditional English garden.
Stained wooden picket style garden fencing can be used to display hanging plants while adding a rustic cottage feel to this color flower garden.
Another type of wooden garden fencing, this design is made up of Cedar wood and naturally blends into its surrounding organic landscape.
This type is made up of Cedar wood in a lattice pattern. A lattice fence works perfectly as a border while providing a view of your backyard.
A wooden garden fence made up of streamlined horizontal panels are highly suited for modern minimalist houses and zen gardens.
This beautiful Asian garden features painted wood vertical slats. The slat design allows for air circulation and is often used in hot and humid areas to help keep the garden or backyard cooler.
PVC or polyvinyl chloride garden panels replaces traditional materials and works as a great alternative for wood. Since it is made up of plastic, it doesn’t fade and retains its original exposure through time.
Highly durable, PVC garden fencing normally warranted by suppliers for 10 years but will usually longer than that. It is also easy to install and is available in a wide variety of colors.
PVC garden fencing is sold in sections which are consisted of horizontal rails and supporting pillars. Typically produced as picket style fences, it is an excellent addition for gardens with a cottage or country inspired look.
This white PVC garden fence has vertical slats with decorative finials which complement the charming look of this flower garden.
Vinyl garden fence is the same as PVC in terms of properties and advantages. PVC is a type of vinyl and is also a lightweight synthetic material which meets modern safety standards.
They are usually molded into picket style variety and are sold as an alternative to wood. This style makes it suitable for traditional applications but is versatile because it can be updated to look more modern.
The most popular color is white but it is also available in variety of beige or brown color. There are also other upgraded options which simulate other materials such as a wooden grain finish, faux granite, stone or textured finish.
Unlike wood, vinyl is not prone to fungus, rotting or pests. It is very durable, sturdy and doesn’t warp or crack. Though more expensive, it proves to be a far more better investment because it can last for 10 to 15 years without requiring any special treatments such as repainting or termite proofing.
It is practically maintenance free and be hosed down with water and a simple soap solution. Vinyl is also environment friendly because it can be recycled.
On the other hand, some of the advantages of vinyl include vulnerability to cold climates as it becomes brittle when exposed to extremely low temperature. It is also not appropriate to be used for security reasons.
Picket style vinyl garden fences are typically sold at $15 to $20 per linear foot.
An example of vinyl garden fencing, this design features a white Colonial style picket fence which comes with a door perfect for traditional American homes.
This corner vinyl picket style garden defines a garden space subtly while providing protection for plants. It can be easily installed by simply inserting into the ground. See this vinyl picket fence for garden at – Source
Vegetable garden fences provide protection to crops or produce. It is usually set around the perimeter of a plot to keep animals out.
This type of garden fencing is also highly suitable for homeowners who do not want privacy fencing as it allows a full view of growing vegetables.
It can be made with different materials such as wood, chain links, wire mesh or anything which can enclose a vegetable plantation. Ready made fencing for vegetable garden are sold in the market for $15 to $100 per piece.
This is a vinyl vegetable garden fence which is ready made and easy to assemble. Perfect for enclosing a vegetable patch, this type also has a small gate which allows easy access. See this garden enclosure fence at – Source
This fencing around vegetable garden is made use of a modular wire mesh kit but still works as a fast and simple solution to protect harvest and produce. Easy to install and can be expanded to any size. See this DIY expanding garden fence at – Source
This type is made up of wood and wire mesh and works as an effective animal barrier for your plants. See this wire mesh garden fence to prevent animals at – Source
A rustic vegetable garden picket fence, this design full encloses the whole garden and serves as a barrier not only for small animals but also for bigger ones such as dogs or deer.
A raised vegetable garden fence which is composed of a wooden base and nylon mesh netting, perfect for deterring rabbits, rodents or small animls from destroying flowers or crops. Above is an example of a garden animal fencing for a raised planter.
This is another example but its design is made up of four ready made cedar wood and mesh netting which are assembled like a box. It is also known as a “critter guard”. Above is an example of a raised cedar animal fence.
Decorative garden fences are mainly used for adding beauty to backyard space or landscape. It gives extra character to a house’s outdoor space by either blending with the environment or acting as a focal feature for the garden.
This type may be designed with any material and according to any style which suits your taste. Elements such as gates, arbors, trellises, pergolas or even plants may be incorporated to its design as it can be fully customized and personalized.
An example of decorative garden fence, this design features a Colonial style arched doorway combined with lattice work. The wooden lattice provides a place for vines and flowers to crawl in while harmoniously blending architectural and organic landscaping elements.
This wooden garden picket fencing has an added gate and a walkway covered by a trellis. A garden trellis can create a whimsical entry to your backyard space and enhance the design with a delightful canopy of hanging vines.
Decorative garden fencing made up of stones or bricks are ideal for traditional gardens as they contribute to the “old world” look of the space.
Iron garden fences are made up of heavy duty material which makes it durable and effective in term of security. Metal types can also last a long time, but can sometimes be prone to rusting. This is especially true where metal posts are exposed to water at the ground level.
Considered as one of the most expensive materials for garden fencing, it usually costs around $20 to $100 per linear foot.
Although some homeowners consider it to be less attractive than wood and lacking in character, iron can actually be a graceful addition to gardens especially when it’s ornamental.
Wrought iron fencing are excellent for making an artistic statement in Classic settings. It adds flair to English, French, Parisian, Victorian, vintage or antique style gardens.
Highly ornamented wrought iron garden fencing exude in class and sophistication which make them highly appropriate for Victorian and Parisian themed gardens.
A customized iron gate for a garden can serve as an interesting design feature that can “wow” your guests as they enter your home.
This classic French inspired wrought iron garden fencing is complete with Fleur de lis motifs and gothic finials.
Electric garden fences function primarily as a defense system against pets or wild animals which may harm your plants. It uses mild shocks and charges to deter animals by sending an electric current along wires without causing serious harm.
For small garden plots, electric garden fencing may be modified into a simpler and more lightweight form. It is considered to be affordable and easy to assemble. Electric garden fencing are made up mainly of a charger which usually costs around $50 to $300.
Aside from this, it also needs strands of wire, twine or net which costs range from $1 to $3 per linear foot. There are also invisible or hidden electric fencing options for gardens which costs $100 to $350 for a “do it yourself” kit.
A easy to assemble , “do it yourself” solution , this design pictured above is battery operated and made up of strands of wire clipped on plastic stakes. See this electric garden fencing at – Source
A more innovative type of electric garden fencing, this is an animal repeller which releases a jet of water when it detects animals wandering over your gardens. It can scare all types of animals such as dogs, cats, raccoons, rodents, rabbits, deers and even birds. See this animal spray repellent at – Source
For homeowners who would like to try installing garden fences by themselves or simply want to make their gardens more personalized then this is the best option for you.
From new materials to salvaged ones, “do it yourself” garden fencing allow for more creativity since it can be customized to your heart’s desire. Since upcycling is also a current trend, old doors and windows, reclaimed wood, pallets ,terra cotta pots or even used bottles may be utilized.
It can also be composed of wood, mesh, bamboo rolls or a combination of 2 or more materials. This type is ideal for themed gardens.
A wood and mesh combination is a practical and inexpensive way to create fencing for your garden. It requires little effort to assemble and can be a finished in a day.
Chain links are made up of galvanized steel wires in a netting pattern. If you are looking for fast and easy way to create a garden fence, then this might be one of the options you can explore.
The beauty in “do it yourself” garden fencing is that it allows you to personalize your design according to your taste. Explore options, such as this wooden garden fence accentuated with clay pots which is uniquely shabby chic.
Rolled bamboo matting can also be used as decorative garden fencing for Asian inspired houses. This type of privacy fence is inexpensive, easy to install and durable.
A simple design made with natural finish lumber and wire mesh netting. Fairly easy to construct and affordable, this type is functional and gives a “farm house” vibe.
A stone wall can also be used since it provides privacy and is naturally beautiful. Stone garden fencing also give texture which contrast with the softness of flowers and foliage.
Common in tropical houses, bamboo garden fences are also an inexpensive way to create barriers for indoor and outdoor spaces without having to block the view of both areas.
A wooden lattice garden fence provide not only security but serve as additional architectural features for your backyard. Set in a simple minimalist landscape, this type balances the overall look of the space.
A single wooden pallet may also be used as a garden fence or a homey accent wall for outdoor settings.
This DIY garden fence is a combination of the standard picket style and lattice in distressed finish. Acting not only as a semi private barrier but this also serves as a trellis where vines can crawl and plants can grow.
Interlocking brick walls can also be used. Providing privacy, brick garden fences are ideal for traditional style homes and gardens.
For architectural and organic elements to blend within a landscape, plant vines or climbers such as Ivy, Honeysuckle or Clematis because as they grow, they will cover your walls . It helps avoid the unsightly appearance of blank perimeter fencing.
A wooden lattice is a great match for Asian inspired gardens. The picture above shows a Contemporary style, Thai inspired patio. See more lattice fence designs on this gallery page.
This rustic garden has wooden picket style garden fences which separates the vegetable patch form the grass. The natural and worn out look gives a “vineyard feel” to this outdoor space.
When climbing vines are allowed to grow it actually becomes a living fence. Do keep in mind the growing vines can cause damage over time. A better option is to use a garden trellis or arbor.
A closer look of the rustic garden shown above, the wooden picket fencing do not obstruct the view of growing vegetables which serves as an interesting attraction for visiting guests.
Made up of cedar in a natural varnish finish, this fencing design shows the natural knots and grains of wood which make it uniquely beautiful. A full vertical panel with a lattice detail on top, this design shows the distinctive appeal of wood. Metal garden fences are ideal for providing security even if constructed for semi privacy. The cascading white foliage of flowers add grace to the rusty and formality.
Foliage and sculpted shrubs may be used as garden barriers but require regular maintenance compared to other types of garden fences.
A common feature for traditional cottage gardens are enclosures, in this design a metal garden fence with geometric details. Decorative ideas that evoke the feelings of an earlier time can transform the space in to the perfect spot for quiet contemplation and serenity.
The light blue metal garden fence complements the graceful and old fashioned design of this cottage garden along with the bright blooming flowers and greenery. Traditional materials such as cobble stones complete the antique look of this outdoor space.
Purpose of Fences
Garden fences serve a number of purpose. Aside from functioning as a decorative element for your landscape, it also caters to more practical uses.
The primary purpose of garden fencing is to act as property markers and boundary setters for your house and lot. It sets limits for neighbors, passersby or even unwanted guests.
It is also used to add privacy to your backyard as it lets you enjoy outdoor activities without having to worry about prying eyes or unwanted attention.
Fencing also act as security and protection which prevents strangers from entering your house. With the availability of electric and sensor options, securing your compound will be one of the last things you need to worry about.
Another use is that it defines outdoor spaces by separating each area according to their specific use. A patio, for example, may be separated from a vegetable plantation or garden bed by using low garden fences.
It is also an effective way to contain pets and children within the perimeter of your home. As it contains the site, it provides a safe environment where kids can play while also preventing them from wandering off.
If set at an adequate height and built with solid materials, garden fencing can also reduce noise coming from outside elements. A house situated near a busy street can benefit from this since it blocks ambient noises coming from traffic, pedestrians or even mass transits.
When added to vegetation or garden beds,it acts as a physical barrier which keeps animals from destroying plants. It can deter both small and large animals such as rodents, rabbits or even deers.
Building A Fence
There are several main factors that need to be considered in building a garden fence. Decide on the following elements before proceeding with the installation as these factors are all interrelated. Here is a list below:
Purpose: First thing to consider in building a garden fence is the purpose it is intended to be used for.
Determine whether it will be mainly used to secure your house, or just a decorative element. If meant as a protection for your garden and landscape, know which type of animals are prone to destroying your plants.
This step is critical as other features of the fencing, such as the height, material and design will be based on the purpose of your garden fence.
Design: Garden fencing may be designed as basic or elaborate depending on the style you want to achieve for your garden. It may either be utilized as a central feature for a backyard or may blend into the landscape.
This must be cohesive with the overall look of your house’s outdoor spaces. For example, a garden with beautifully sculpted topiary and antique white planters can be matched with an elaborately patterned white iron fence to complete a stunning English garden.
Also, design the fencing in accordance to the existing architectural style of your house. The design possibilities are vast when it comes to choosing the right garden fence.
Materials: The materials which will be used in building a garden fence is based on two main factors namely overall design and practicality. As discussed earlier, the concept and style you envision for your garden can help you determine the appropriate materials to be used.
Natural materials are suited for traditional gardens — wood picket for rustic and country themed gardens ,cobble stones for an “old world” feel or bamboo roll for Asian inspired gardens. Check out this page for picket fence designs.
Streamlined metal or clean cut vertical slats are perfect for modern homes. Practicality ,on the other hand, refers to maintenance and lifespan of your garden fence.
Garden fencing is constantly exposed to weather changes, humidity, moisture or heat. Make sure to choose a material which can withstand everyday wear and tear.
Height: Before building your garden fence, it is important to decide on its height. This is primarily dependent on the purpose of your garden fence.
If it will just act as a decorative feature in your garden, then height is not a concern, but for garden fencing which will be used for adding privacy to your backyard, set it at least 6 to 8 feet tall.
Cost: In building the fencing, budget is of course one of the things which needs to be prepared beforehand.
The cost of your project is dependent on the previously mentioned factors. The cost of building is priced per linear foot. Wood is usually the cheapest material while wrought iron is the most expensive.
The average costs per material are: chain links usually costs $6 to $8 per linear foot, wood (4 feet) is priced at approximately $9 per linear foot, wood (6 feet) costs about $15 per linear foot, vinyl costs $20 per linear foot and wrought iron is usually sold at $20 to $30 per linear foot.
Aside from the material cost, additional labor costs would incur if you choose to hire a professional to complete your garden project.
However easy to build garden fences can be taken on as a “do it yourself” installation and can save you a fair amount of money. Building new fencing can cost around $1500 to $4000 depending on materials and area of coverage.
Materials For Fences
Garden fences are available in a wide range of materials. It may either be ready made which is available at local home improvement stores or even online sellers. It may also be custom made by assembling different materials.
Some of the common materials used are wood, vinyl, metal or chain links, aluminum, iron, barbed wire or pvc. Bamboo is also a common material for those who would like to add an Asian flair or Tropical touch to their homes.
With the advent of technology, garden fences which are electric or sensitive to movements are also making their marks in the present market.
There is actually no limit when it comes to the materials which can be used to construct and design garden fences. Most “Do It Yourself” garden fences projects are innovative and creative as it puts even recycled and salvaged materials to good use.
Inexpensive materials for garden fences include wood pallets, chicken wire, t-posts with wire, bamboo, plastic mesh and other repurposed materials such as old reclaimed barn wood. Used bottles, reclaimed wooden pallets, old doors and windows are some of the unique materials which some homeowners use to produce one of a kind garden fence designs.
For those who prefer a natural touch to the garden fences, a hedge, sculpted plants or crawling vines may also be used as they can blend organically into a landscape. Each material has both positive and negative features which will be discussed more thoroughly as you continue to read on this article.
How High Should A Fence Be
There is no standard height for garden fences. Although if used for the perimeter of your property, specific regulations and restrictions must be followed depending on the location of your house as each city has different policies.
Garden fence heights may range from approximately 3 feet to 8 feet. Vegetable garden fences and borders ,on the other hand, are much smaller at a minimum of 2 feet. If using your garden fence to deter animals, use 3 to 4 feet high posts as rabbit guards, while dogs or other jumping animals may require a taller fence.
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