A garden can look really pretty when it has climbing plants up the fence. Unfortunately, this can result in damage to some fences so if you are planting climbing plants you need to know that you are using the right type of fence. That is why we are bringing you this guide to help you choose the right fence for your climbing plants. 

The Fence and Plant Relationship

Plants can make a fence look beautiful and a fence can help a plant flourish. It is a beautiful relationship that they share. The truth of the matter is that there is a plant for every type of fence, even chain-link fences. On the other side of the coin, however, not every type of fence suits every type of plant. It is a game of matching the right fence types with the right plant types. 

A hit and miss fence or overlap or featherboard fence is popular in rear gardens and yards, and is extremely compatible with climbing roses. However, they will not suit sweet peas without extra help. Sturdy ivy plants can pull a picket fence apart but sweet peas will pair naturally with this simple fence. By understanding the types of plants and types of fencing that pair together, and which ones need extra help, you can make the right choices for your garden. 

Sturdy Climbing Plants

By sturdy climbing plants, we are talking about Ivy, Roses, and Evergreen or Perennial vines. These are plants that attract bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. They can look beautiful in your garden. The stems are thick and help to support the plant as they climb. 

These are the types of plants that will flourish with your wooden fence and posts, like a hit-and-miss fence. Some may need a little extra help with some ties while they get a firm hold, but once they take off they will make that fence look beautiful. 

NOTE: a sturdy climbing plant will tangle itself around your fence to get a firm hold. If the fence is weak it can pull it out of the ground or even pull it apart. 

Climbing Plants that Need Help

Jasmine, honeysuckle, and some climbing roses will need extra support. This doesn’t mean that they will not work with your post and wood fence, it just means they will need extra help if that is the type of fence you are pairing them with. 

Consider adding a trellis or using extra ties to help these types of plants grow. Alternatively, you will need a different type of fence for them. A fence with a trellis built-in is a good option. Fencing with gaps that the plant can wrap around will also work. Basically, you need a fence that has space between the wood for the plants to hold on to in order for them to climb. 

Weaker Climbing Plants

Sweet peas are a good example of a weaker climbing plant. These are plants with thinner stems and delicate flowers. They can still climb but they need plenty of holds. 

If your fence is not strong, or if you are simply trying to decorate a fence in your front yard, this is the type of climbing plant you will want to pair it with. It is not strong enough to pull your fence apart, but it can take over your fence completely if left unchecked. You will not be able to see the fence for the flowers. With careful trimming, your fence and your plant will give your garden that natural beauty you are looking for. 

Trellis, Wraps, and Archways

These are all beautiful ideas that you can add to any garden. Any plants can climb these depending on where you place them and what you add them to. You can add them to your normal fence, place them on a wall, or even wrap them around a bannister. They give the plant something to grasp hold off as it grows and climbs. 

The fact that you can add these to any fence, opens up your choices of plants. An archway near a picket fence will allow ivy to grow without an issue, you can even grow a grapevine if you have the climate. 

Do You Need Help Finding the Right Fence for Your Garden?

If you live in Glasgow, Lanark, Cumnock or the surrounding areas then we can help you find the fence of your dreams. We’ll even install it for you! We have the ideal panels, gates, posts and post caps for every budget to make your fencing a success.

Get in touch with us via our contact page to find out more about the fencing services that we offer in Scotland.