Go horizontal - Traditional fencing has its place, but a more modern alternative can create a big impact, without radically changing much else. Horizontal slats will instantly give your garden a contemporary feel, and lead the eye around it, making the space seem wider but still cosy and contained.
Key design features: Restraint in color and plant varietyLinear planting that echoes the horizontal lines of the home's siding and fenceEmphasis on foliage over flowersColor note: Muted earth tonesPlant selection: Grasses and succulents are eminently suitable for contemporary landscape design, as they rely upon their strong form rather than colorful blooms.These plants require minimal water and maintenance.The grasses add a bright note to the dark stained fence panels.
Let Air Move - Air circulation helps our sweat evaporate, which helps us feel cooler. It’s key in humid climates where the air can feel stagnant. A wall or fence that allows for air passage keeps the garden cooler in hot climates. Metal screen fences, wood slat fences with spaces between or a vertical slat fence like the one pictured are all great solutions. Of course, an overhead fan also does wonders to circulate air and keep your skin feeling cool.
Typically, if you want to install a fence, you’ll need to start by figuring out your property line and finding out about your town’s fence regulations. If you are the fence builder, be sure to meet with neighbors to inform them of your intention. If you are the neighbor, it’s OK to ask the fence builder to review plans with you.
If you’re looking for privacy, a higher fence is needed — 6 feet is the typical height for a privacy fence. A privacy fence will have a less direct visual connection with the house and usually engages more with the second story. Hreno also asks, “Is [the fence] intended to be a strong visual, or should it disappear?
Add lattice fence toppers for privacy - WHAT YOU’LL NEED: A screwdriver, galvanised screws, level, stepladder, and a friend. HOW TO: This option has become much easier with new fence extension products now available. They come in standard sizes to suit most fences and consist of framed lattice with extended timber supports designed to be attached to the vertical posts of your timber fence.
Fences. Not every front yard needs a fence, but sometimes it helps to create a separation between the sidewalk and the garden. Front-yard fences should not be the same type of privacy fence as in a backyard; they should be more open and friendlier, setting off your garden rather than sealing it off.
Cor-Ten steel blades (300 of them) make up this sculptural fence that winds around a Philadelphia residence. They’re 8 feet tall, which keeps out local deer, so the fence “is sculptural as well as functional,” says Bridget O’Brien of Archer & Buchanan Architecture. A sculptural fence comes with a high price, but for the right home, it can be the perfect custom touch.