Plants in bloom are like explosions of joy running along the foot of a fence.

There is no better way to brighten the borders of your new fence.

The trick is choosing the right plants and getting color for as much of the year as possible.

There are as many choices as there are stars in the sky, but if you narrow down the list you will get great results.

Some of the perfect plants for putting next to your new fence are:

  • Perennials
  • Annuals: One-off Bursts of Color
  • Shrubs
  • Trees
  • Herb Garden
  • Produce

Let’s take a look at the options.

Perennials For The Long Term

The great benefit of perennials is that with a little care you will get a burst of color every year.

Seasonal plants will give color from early spring to late fall, brightening the fence area for up to nine months of the year.

Plants such as Yellow Alyssum give a lovely spread of ground cover, which will keep weeds in check too. Shasta Daisies, with their white petals and golden disc centers, look like mini-suns when in flower.

Succulents are very hardy and often flower well into September and October. Autumn Joy and Hens and Chicks are two great examples which can help lighten the early days of winter.

Annuals: One-Off Bursts Of Color

To supplement the times when perennials are not in flower or for extra color, gardeners can sow colorful annuals.

You can grow them from seed or purchase trays from the nursery.

The pretty pink petals of the Busy Lizzie are very eye-catching as are the dependable Marigolds with their shades of white, yellow and red flowers.

If you are diligent in dead-heading the Scarlet Sage, the reward will be a continuous display of color throughout the summer months.

Annuals take a bit of care but once they begin to flower they will be worth the effort.


The Herb Garden

Another suggestion which is worth the effort is the herb garden.

Herbs too can be a mixture of annuals and perennials but you grow them for scent and flavor rather than color alone.

Lavender is an example of a herb that scores high on all three fronts and cuttings will continue the good work around the home.

Ground cover from Marjoram, the various types of Parsley and the wonderful Oregano just ooze scent on a summers day, whisking you away to Italy and ideas of pizza for dinner.


Trees And Shrubs

These plants which can get overlooked when people are thinking of adding color to the new fence.

The truth is that trees and shrubs not only give great color throughout the year but they can mix well with seasonal plants too.

The flowering Azaleas in the springtime may remind you of Augusta, but the evergreen leaves can brighten the dullest of winters.

Boxwood hedges can be a fence in themselves but a neat line of the shrub can make for a lovely border along the foot of the new structure.

Trees such as a Weeping Willow or a Cherry Blossom will add the color when in flower, but also much-needed shade during the sunny summer months.

A Produce Garden

You may not consider it but a produce patch along the foot of your fence may do very well indeed.

The protection of the fence from wind and too much sunlight can be invaluable to produce such as lettuce, zucchini, and squash.

You will need to water more than other areas, as the fence may keep the garden dry but the returns will make it all worthwhile.

A tremendous big pumpkin ready for a fall feast will delight the kids at Halloween.

Experienced gardeners may train their tomatoes, beans and vines to grow up the fence, which can take away from the bare look of a newly installed fence.

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