Isn’t this old, brick wall beautiful with these roses climbing on it?
Unfortunately, not all garden fences and/or walls are beautiful to look at…
Maybe you have a bare wall that you view from your window.
Or maybe your garden is surrounded by a wooden fence.
Whether you have a wall or fence, you don’t have to settle for viewing a rather boring expanse. It is quite simple to dress up these bare spaces using plants planted in the ground or in containers. Here are some ideas to get you started…
This simple ‘tipsy pot plant tower’, located at the University of South Carolina is filled with herbs. Next to it is an artichoke plant, which not only produces delicious artichokes – it is also often grown as an ornamental plant.
Perennials are a great way to beautify a bare fence, like this garden in Flagstaff, AZ. Select perennials that do well in your area and pair with ornamental grass and plants that will provide fall color.
Tall-growing biennials like Hollyhocks provide a colorful screen all summer long.
A planting at the base of a bare wall of Tulips, Violas and Pansies create a colorful spring display in Berea, KY.
Espaliered fruit trees, like this apple tree not only look great against a fence – they also produce delicious fruit!
Flowering vines are a great choice for bare walls such as this Queen’s Wreath Vine (Antigonon leptopus) at Arizona State University. There are many different types of flowering vines and you are sure to find one that will grow in your climate.
Vines are also a great choice for narrow spots like these Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) growing up on decorative trellises made up of rebar.
Side yards are often used for storage and utility. This can be quite a depressing view from a window that faces out into this area. An easy solution is to plant an flowering shrub, centered across from each window, like the Bougainvillea, above.
Shrubs with colorful foliage are also a great choice for covering bare walls or fences, like this one at the University of South Carolina.
Don’t have soil in which to add plants? Then containers are your best choice. Select a variety of pots and plants for added texture and interest.
Painting a fence or wall is also great way to add color to your garden.
A plant shelf is a wonderful way to decorate a bare wall, like this one filled with potted herbs at Disneyland.
You can grow shrubs against a bare wall, even without soil to plant it in – just use a container instead.
Dress up a bare fence with whiskey barrels and fill with edible plants such as herbs and vegetables.
Never underestimate the ability of a single rose bush to dress up a bare corner.
So, is the view out your window looking rather barren to you? Dress it up with beautiful plants!
**On Friday, I will share with you how I dressed up my barren side garden walls 🙂