Garden boundaries and fences

In any garden design, close attention needs to be paid to the boundaries and how they are to be finished at an early stage in the project.

garden, wall, boundary, stone

Traditional field stone boundary in the west of Ireland

The reasons for this are obvious but sometimes need to be restated:

1) They form the framework for the garden whether closely defined and solid or looser, more open boundaries that allow visibility to the surrounding landscape.

2) The boundary finishes (structure, form, texture, colour) can dictate the entire mood of the garden.

willow fencing, panels, boundary fence, wood

Willow fencing can make an interesting boundary feature – less rustic (than pictured) pre-woven willow panels are also available for purchase in many garden centres and make lovely textured fences

3) At the end of garden construction they may be one of the most visible garden elements until the planting matures so they need to look well.

Something that I have used a bit in some of my garden projects this year is pressure-treated wooden trellis panels.  These are a relatively inexpensive boudary treatment but I think look well and offer flexibility in terms of how “solid” you want them to look.  They are available in a variety of sizes and finishes and can be used to form garden boundaries, divide up space or form a visual screen within the garden

garden , design, boundary, fence, trellis, panels

Options for wooden trellis panelling


fences, garden, perimeter, boundary, materials

Wooden trellis panels after installation


1 Comment
  • Planned landscaping can also reduce energy costs inside the home. Trees, shrubs and other plants that shade the building or the outdoor air conditioning unit can reduce the need to run the air conditioner, while a windbreak of trees eases cold winds in the winter so you don’t need to run the heating system as much.

    8th January 2014at7:15 am

Post a Comment