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Accenting Your Fence with Foliage

Your home depends a lot on your wood fence installation. In 1856, Henry Cleveland stated in his book Village and Farm Cottages that a home without a fence is unprotected and incomplete, and that a fence’s style says a lot about a homeowner’s tastes and habits.

Cedar fence panels, as simple as they may seem, can extend a warm welcome to potential visitors or signal a passerby to keep moving. If you want a fence that looks more inviting than intimidating, consider using ornamental plantings. Foliage around cedar fence panels can look beautiful if you give your Portland fence install room to breathe.

Choose Complementary Plants

Throughout history, fences and foliage have had unique roles, separately and combined. For several centuries, hedges served as natural fences. Alternatively, fences protected gardens and supported ornamental plants. Fences and plants, when arranged correctly, have the ability to seamlessly combine the natural with the man-made.

There are endless fence and foliage variations you can use with your cedar fence panels. To help give your Portland fence install a look that coordinates well with vegetation, take the shape and color of the wood fence installation into consideration before purchasing accent plants. For example, pink roses accent white picket fences, just as the pointed tops of cedar fence panels coordinate well with pointed goldenrod flowers.

Leave Room to Breathe

Water is the element that helps give life to the foliage that adorns your cedar fence panels. Yet water is also one of the biggest enemies of a wood fence installation. When there is a thick mat of plants on a Portland fence install, there is little room for air to move, which means moisture cannot evaporate from your fence. Consequently, the trapped moisture becomes the ideal breeding ground for moss and mildew. Chronic moisture and secretions from plants can also cause the stain on a fence to blister and flake, which will lead to the eventual rotting of the cedar fence panels.

When you want to marry your fence with foliage, it is better to have a Portland fence install with spaced boards or pickets than to install boards that overlap or butt-up against each other. Minimizing the number of joints between cedar fence panels and creating a 12-inch area of bark dust or stones at the base of a wood fence installation can also help reduce the amount of moisture in a fence. Never allow the bottom of your fence to touch the ground, because the winter frost can lift up your fence.

Consider Fence Location and Plant Type

Every type of fence changes the surrounding environment’s wind and sunlight exposure, which can affect plants for better or worse. A wood fence installation that runs from east to west will receive full sun exposure on its south side and be completed shaded on the north. With this in mind, you can take advantage of a fence’s capacity to store heat. You can help your tomatoes flourish by planting them against the south-facing side of a fence. If you want to grow plants that require little to partial sunlight, consider a slatted or lattice wood fence installation.

Creating an Impact

Use a fence and foliage combination to draw attention to or from a fence. As an example, you can make a tall, claustrophobia-inducing fence look shorter by combining it with a curtain of plants. Liven up an old fence with annuals or vines that grow quickly. Like clothing, the length, color and size of foliage can draw the eye to a specific location of a fence or yard. The trick is to drawing the eye to what you want others to notice.

Plants are great, natural way to add depth, color or softness to the look of a wooden fence installation. If you are considering pairing your Portland fence install with plants, think about how you can complement and contrast the foliage on your fence with the surrounding plants so it can become one with the rest of your garden.

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