Landscaping Ideas by a Fence

Updated February 21, 2017

Even if you have a top-of-the-line fence, it will look boring if and completely utilitarian if it is not landscaped. Soften the edges with some strategically placed plants and flowers. Establish a theme for your yard or garden and make sure your plant choices complement the style of your fence.

Transform a Chain-Link Fence into a Trellis

Plant climbing vines along a chain-link fence to improve curb appeal.

First, create a mulch or rock bed in front of your fence for your plants. Weeds can difficult to deal with along a fence line, so the mulch and rock are a good countermeasure. Plants like the sasanqua camellia add a unique element. Use the chains as support for vegetable and fruit vines.

Rock Garden

Rock gardens are a beautiful way to spruce up a drab-looking fence. Installing a rock garden reduces the worry about spraying for weeds, so it will be easier to keep clean. Install a small waterfall to add serenity. Mix sand with topsoil for a well-draining garden. Limestone is the best material to use, but incorporate any stone you like.


Creating a flower bed is the most obvious way to design a landscape around your fence. Get creative with how you design your flower bed. Don't create a parallel line that runs alongside of your fence. Have one section of your garden extend 3 feet from the fence-line and other sections expand to 8 feet. In the larger sections, plant a few small fruit-bearing or flowering trees. Height and depth are important in a flower bed surrounding a fence. Place the tallest plants near the back. Keep in mind that your plants may not get a lot of sun near a fence, so choose plants that do not need much sun. Hydrangeas and wild blue phlox do well in a shady area.

Shadow Boxes

Another way to add detail and depth to your fence is to combine any of the above ideas with shadow boxes. Build a simple shadow box out of 2-by-4-inch lumber and hang them on your fence. Place them in a straight line or stagger them. Building shadow boxes to place potted plants, flowers, or a decorative figure is sure to make your fence interesting.

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Based in Atlanta, Crystal Huskey began writing in 2008 for various nonprofit organizations and news agencies. She now serves as the assistant editor for a hyper-local news site. Huskey is completing her Master of Arts in international relations at American Public University.