Creative Tips For Dressing Up a Bare Fence With Plants

Creative Tips For Dressing Up a Bare Fence With Plants

Rose-covered Wall

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…

bare wallKaren Folsom

Maybe you have a bare wall that you view from your window.

Wooden Fence

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…

Container HerbsKaren Folsom

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.

Perennial planting fenceLori Whalen

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.

HollyhocksRoland Jordahl

Tall-growing biennials like Hollyhocks provide a colorful screen all summer long.

Flowering tulips

A planting at the base of a bare wall of Tulips, Violas and Pansies create a colorful spring display in Berea, KY.

espaliered apple treeLBH63

Espaliered fruit trees, like this apple tree not only look great against a fence – they also produce delicious fruit!

Antigonon leptopusLEVOL1002

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 on rebar trellils

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.

Potted Herbs

A plant shelf is a wonderful way to decorate a bare wall, like this one filled with potted herbs at Disneyland.

potted bougainvillea

You can grow shrubs against a bare wall, even without soil to plant it in – just use a container instead.

whiskey barrel containers plantsRoland Jordahl

Dress up a bare fence with whiskey barrels and fill with edible plants such as herbs and vegetables.

rose bush

Never underestimate the ability of a single rose bush to dress up a bare corner.

bare wall

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 🙂

Noelle Johnson
Noelle Johnson is a horticulturist and certified arborist who lives and gardens in the desert Southwest. When she is not writing or helping other people with their gardens, you can find her growing fruits and vegetables, and planting flowering shrubs and maybe a cactus or two.