Why just settle for a fence when there are so many interesting ways to define the boundaries of your garden, or create enclosures within it.
Of course, sometimes a fence is just right for what you need, especially if your main aim is to keep friendly animals in the garden and unfriendly ones out, but there are many alternatives.
I like to collect ideas for inspiration and these are some examples of photos I’ve taken over the last few years. Which ones do you like?
Pleached hedges are a great way of enclosing part of a garden without blocking the view to the rest of the garden completely. The garden above was designed by Ulf Nordfjell for the Chelsea Flower Show, I love the clean, simple composition of his design.
But if it’s privacy you’re after then a conventional hedge makes a good solid boundary, and it’s great for wildlife too. This clipped hedge looks quite formal and I like the apex, mirrored by the opening in the distance. This was taken at The Plume Garden in Normandy, France.
I love this log-wall with a cheeky little window I saw at Chaumont sur Loire Garden Festival a few years ago.
I’ve chosen hazel hurdles to fence my garden because they suit the rural surroundings so well. They don’t last forever though, but they are sustainable as the hazel is grown and coppiced locally.
A living wall formed of plants, makes a really unusual boundary for this lovely little front garden, designed by Mark Gregory for the Chelsea Flower Show. The water-feature in the centre, trickling down to a pool, adds more interest and texture.
I’d love to hear about any unusual garden boundaries you may have seen, or have in your garden.
images; Jill Anderson