Transform A Bare Wall/Fence With Flowering Shrubs

Transform A Bare Wall/Fence With Flowering Shrubs

Shrubs screen wallRoland Jordahl

As I promised you earlier this week, here is a view of the wall to my side garden.  It is hard to even see glimpses of the wall now as it is covered in large, flowering shrubs.

But, it didn’t used to look this way.  This wall in my side garden used to be rather bare and depressing, empty of plants with only a bare wall to be seen from my kitchen window.

Dressing up a bare wall or fence doesn’t have to be difficult.  In fact, it can be very easy to do.  The solution for my bare wall was to select shrubs that would grow large enough to cover most of the wall.  As a bonus, I also chose shrubs that flowered.

How many shrubs do you think I have in the photo above?

There are only 6 shrubs, proving that using large, flowering shrubs isn’t just a great way to hide a boring wall or fence – it is rather inexpensive as well.

Pink Trumpet VineRemarc

My favorite flowering shrub is normally grown as a vine, called Pink Trumpet Vine (Podranea ricasoliana).    This particular shrub/vine is best grown in zones 9 – 10 and is killed to the ground when temperatures hit the low 20’s – but recovery is quick in the spring.

*For those of you who live in colder climates, False Hydrangea (Schizophragma hydrangeoides), Hardy Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), Clematis or Honeysuckle vines are a great choice for screening out a bare wall or fence.

AZ Yellow BellsPannrose

Another favorite large, flowering shrub growing against my garden wall is Yellow Bells.  This large shrub grows quickly and is covered in masses of yellow, tubular flowers that hummingbirds cannot resist.  Flowers appear in spring and last until the first frost.  Believe it or not, this shrub is native throughout the Southern states of the United States and grows in zones 8 and above.  It does suffer frost damage when temps dip below freezing, but grows quickly back in spring.

*Large, flowering shrubs that do well in colder climates include Azalea, Hydrangea, Forsythia and Rhododendron, all of which would make a great screen for a bare fence or wall.

PInk Beauty EremophilaRoland Jordahl

This pink-flowering shrub in my side garden is a huge favorite of my feathered visitors.  Pink Emu Bush (Eremophila laanii) is an Australian native that has found a home in many gardens.  Flowers appear in spring and fall on this large shrub that is hardy to zone 9.  It is drought-tolerant and needs very little, if any pruning.

Female Anna's in flightflashcube

In addition to covering up bare fences, flowering shrubs also offer habitat, nesting sites, shelter and food for birds in my garden…

Eremophila laanii bird flower

While hummingbirds enjoy the flowers, so do the finches that make their home in my garden.

Flowering shrubs attract small insects, which birds will enjoy.

So do you have a bare wall or fence that you are tired of looking out at?  Plant some flowering shrubs and you’ll be rewarded with not only something beautiful to look at, but you will also see more feathered friends visiting your garden.

Need more help choosing shrubs for your fence?  Check out the “Top 10 Flowering Shrubs”.

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.