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Garden fence ideas: stylish ways to define your boundaries

Define your outdoor space with the best garden fence ideas. From sleek panels to pretty trellis screens, there's a garden fence idea for every look

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Wooden garden fence ideas

A wooden garden fence is a classic that will never date.

Whether you opt for traditional fencing panels, a charming white picket fence or a modern, urban screen, there are so many wooden garden fence ideas to suit your garden.

You might want to call on the expertise of an experienced gardener, carpenter or landscaper to help guide you through all the different options.

1. Vertical fencing

Vertical timbers attached to cross supports are one of the best wooden garden fence ideas for privacy and a mid-range budget.

To make it easier, you can buy pre-made panels and attach them to timber posts. Look for pressure-treated wood that will last longer.

Consider painting or staining the wood for an added design element. Or attach wire or mesh to the fence for climbing plants.

vertical wooden fence panels

2 Add latticework to the top

This wooden garden fence with an open lattice top gives the best of both worlds.

The closed slats mean nothing is getting through or seen by any neighbours, while the latticework at the top adds extra privacy while allowing sunshine to filter through. What’s lovely is all the intricate details that make this fence so appealing.

The colour is warm and natural, the posts are uniform and topped with flat balustrades, and the neat frames offer depth and interest for a clean finish.

Find out how to attach trellis to a fence.

tall fence and trellis

3. Willow fencing

Willow screens and fencing will help create a gorgeous cottage look for the garden.

The natural fences are made from willow canes woven together and held together by galvanised wire. It’s a sustainable choice and allows light into the garden.

Air can pass freely through the gaps between the rods which stops the fence from toppling over when it’s windy.

Sturdy, willow garden screens can withstand the seasonal elements.

willow fence ideas

4. Classic post and rail fence

A simple and budget-friendly way to add boundaries to a garden is with a classic post and rail fence.

This classic wooden fence was traditionally used for containing livestock – but works well if you have a particularly large space to fence off.

It’s a great fence solution if you don’t want to impede views on to countryside or woodland.

classic post and rail fence idea

5. Recycled garden screen

Go for an eco-friendly fence idea with sustainable and strong bamboo.

We love this woven and interlocking fence screening design, which will look natural and striking with any garden aesthetic. So, whether you’re fitting a lawn, a flower bed, a patio or decking, why not incorporate this incredible material and reap the benefits of its green and environmentally friendly credentials?

Bamboo fence privacy screen idea

Front garden fence ideas

A front garden is the first part of your house that guests and potential buyers will view. And how you define your front space will add a key design element to the look.

There are so many front garden fence ideas but before you decide, remember that local planning regulations can come into force in some cases.

Planning permission isn’t generally needed if you wish to erect a new or alter an existing fence, wall or gate.

However, planning regulations may apply if the fence is:

  • Next to a road and over 1m high
  • Over 2m high and not next to a road
  • If your house is listed
  • If the fence forms a boundary with a listed building

If you live in a conservation area, you might need permission to take down a fence, wall or gate.

Here are some front garden fence ideas to give your home a facelift. 

1. Picket fencing

A charming white picket fence is a classic choice for front gardens.

These are traditionally made from painted wood although modern, low-maintenance vinyl designs are now available. Check out our vinyl fencing cost guide for more information.

A picket fence will inject masses of kerb appeal. It also defines borders with the pavement and a neighbour’s property without blocking out light and a pedestrian’s view.

Wooden picket fence

2. Metal railings

Metal fencing is a neat way to finish off your front garden.

These are available in a range of different styles from decorative metal railings to mesh panels and simple, metal flat bar designs.

Choose from hot dip galvanised or zinc alloy coated metal fencing for a super durable choice.

metal fence ideas

3. Front hedge

Hedges are an eco-friendly and practical choice for front garden fencing.

They add a big burst of greenery to your front garden and can block out wind and rain. They also provide a much-needed sanctuary for local wildlife.

Keep hedges neat and trimmed for the best results. Read out hedge trimming cost guide for more tips.

front garden hedge

4. Low-level fence panels

Short fences are welcoming, but do add an element of privacy and work with all property styles – from rustic cottages to more modern homes.

Pair your low-level fence with a matching gate for a smarter, more formal front boundary.

Garden fence and gate ideas and designs

Garden fence colour ideas

It’s important to get the colour and finish just right for garden fences. Check out our garden fence colour ideas in more detail.

Here are some quick trends and tips:

  • Natural wood stain: a popular and timeless choice which will bring out the beauty of the wood grain. Also, creates a protective barrier to prevent moisture and rot
  • Grey wood stain: from pale dove grey to deep charcoal, this will add a sophisticated, modern mood to your garden
  • Pale neutrals: a calm and elegant palette including lighter colours such as off-white, buttermilk and clay. Will instil a sense of light and airiness and provide a blank backdrop for foliage and flowers
  • Paintbox brights: bold, vivid colours will make a focal point out of your fence. Try ruby red, electric blue and bright yellow for a sunny Mediterranean vibe

bright red garden fence

Fence screening ideas

Fence screens are increasing in popularity. We want to ensure our privacy as we step into our gardens, but sometimes we don’t want to put up walls and barriers that ruin the look of our outdoor spaces.

Thankfully, there’s a whole host of fence screening designs on the market. Putting up a natural-inspired border to your sanctuary will help create a botanical mood that blends seamlessly with your garden.

1. Privacy wall ideas

Gabion walls utilise galvanised steel containers, which are filled with the homeowner’s desired materials. They give an industrial yet interesting finish while remaining robust and cost-effective.

Gabion walls are a versatile and attractive screening idea that is cheap, easy to install and offers privacy.

This homeowner has made their whiterock gabion wall a feature, which contrasts nicely against the grey brick walls and gravel border path and plants.

Modern garden fencing designs

2. High garden screening ideas

This gorgeous arbour and trellis screen is perfect for introducing a natural privacy curtain in your garden.

However, you might need to wait until it grows for full effect. Creeping plants such as ivy, honeysuckle, sweet peas, jasmine, clematis armandii, and tidal wave petunias are all fragrant and floral options to ensure your garden stands out for all the right reasons.

Shop the look today and hire one of our professionals to build you a bespoke design.

Timber arbour and trellis screen

3. Garden fence screening ideas

Layered fences are a great way to add depth and contrast to your garden aesthetic.

This rustic style garden uses a tall and natural wooden fence to create height and maintain privacy. A smaller fence with darker painted panels is placed at a third of the height, while the various potted plants in their terracotta pots sit prettily in front.

This is a great look if your garden is narrow and you want a low-maintenance option that looks great all year long.

Plants and fence privacy screen

4. Metal screening ideas

This metal lattice garden screen is a stunning addition to a vintage-styled home in need of a little extra privacy.

Make a statement on your lawn by introducing this floral pattern, which offers both an aesthetic benefit and a practical one.

This homeowner has opted to place it in front of their border hedges, but it would look great in front of a wooden fence, stone wall or lattice work.

Iron lattice fence screen for garden privacy

5. Natural garden screening ideas

There’s nothing more whimsical or quintessentially British than a lattice fence with creeping plants.

This pretty flower and foliage privacy screen is a popular choice with many homeowners. Consider the following plants for your small trellis and bask in the beauty of nature.

  • Decorative Gourds
  • Tropaeolum Peregrinum ‘Canary Creeper’
  • Clematis ‘Josephine’
  • Abutilon ‘Kentish Belle’
  • Sweet Peas ‘Cupani’
  • Petunias ‘Tidal Wave’
  • Nasturtium ‘Flame Thrower’
  • Thunbergia Alata ‘Superstar’
  • Cobaea Scandens ‘Cup and Saucer’
  • Ipomoea ‘Heavenly Blue’

Just be sure to research the best soil conditions, care requirements and pruning maintenance before deciding what plants and flowers you choose.

Lattice privacy screen with flowers

Checkatrade member showcase: South Garden Fencing

Take a look at South Garden Fencing’s recent fence project.

The project

For this project, South Garden Fencing were asked to install a 6ft concrete retaining fence with 1ft concrete gravel boards and 5ft close board panels in place of the customer’s old wall.

Deklan and Toby had to dig through the foundations of the wall in what they described as “disheartening weather conditions”, but managed to complete the whole job in a day.

If you’d like to get the look, find out more about South Garden Fencing.

Take a look at some pictures from the project:

1. The detailed fence work

South Garden Fencing inside garden view long fence

The new 6ft fence standing tall in place of the customer’s old garden wall.

2. Exterior view of the newly installed fence
South Garden Fencing long garden fence

A street view of the new fence that South Garden Fencing fitted for their customer. The fence was a 6ft concrete retaining fence with 1ft concrete gravel boards and 5ft close board panels.

3. Deklan and Toby of South Garden Fencing

South Garden Fencing

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