When The Leaves Are Falling…

October 25, 2012

Now that plants are shedding off their leaves, fences and boundaries will get revealed showing whether they’re in need of repairing or replacing.

When you’re designing or planning your garden, then the fencing should be one of the first things you consider, not just what style you would like but also durability and cost.

Also, the type of fencing you have can actually effect the microclimate of your garden. For example, did you know that if you have a solid fence of brick in a sunny aspect then the brick would take in the heat of the day and release it at night?

This would give a warmer microclimate by the wall area and therefore would be a great place for growing fruit against it.

If your garden is in a windy position then a solid structure would make the wind more turbulent as the wind would hit the wall and then swirl into the garden. In a case such as this a trellis type of fencing would let the wind defuse through it.

You could plant up in front of it with wind tolerant shrubs and plants such as Kniphofia uvaria ‘Springtime’; the Common Torch Lily, Santolina chamaecyparissus; Lavender Grey Cotton or Elaeagnus pungens ‘Maculata’; Yellow-Edge Elaeagnus.

If you prefer a solid wall with colour then a cost-effective type would be one of breeze blocks, which can be smoothed over with cement and painted with the colour of your choice. For a warm Mediterranean feel you could go for a terracotta or cream, or how about a more tropical feel with a bolder colour such as burnt orange?

Wooden fences are the most common such as panel or the close-boarded types. Until recently the main way to preserve and colour the wood was creosote.

Nowadays there are wonderful ranges of coloured wood preserving stains to choose from. If you want your fence to recede into the background then go for a green colour but if you want your fence to stand out then go for a more bolder colour, how about a daring black?

A very simple way to change the look of your fence would be to use a reed or willow screen. Strips of reed or willow held together with wire come in handy rolls that can then simply be nailed onto an existing fence. I did this with my own garden onto my dark panel fencing I nailed a golden coloured reed screening which now gives my garden a warmer sunnier feel and also fits in with my oriental theme.



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