Fun and Funky Fences
We use fences to keep pets and children in place. We use them for security and privacy. Sometimes we just use them to separate parts of our gardens. But those are the utilitarian reasons for fences. I thought it might be more fun to look into the unusual reasons folks assign to their fencing, and that’s what I’ve wheeled in today.
If you have a color scheme that you’re trying to match in your gardens, don’t be afraid to try something shocking. Purple or lavender fences can look pretty spectacular when they’re paired up with reseeding petunias and larkspurs. White picket fencing provides the perfect backdrop for colorful annuals. Tall picket fences provide a degree of privacy, while short picket fences function mostly for delineation.
If you really want to hang out your funk, use old doors as your gates. There is an almost endless supply at the big salvage yards. Hunt ‘til you find a couple of matching doors that call your name, then construct a suitable “door jamb” to support them. Seal all of the wood with some type of outdoor waterproof finish.
Or, even more off the beaten garden path, construct your fence from gardening tools, new or old. Dig This! Nursery in Hamilton had done just that several years ago when we happened by. It wasn’t much about security or privacy, but it caught our eyes to be sure!