Grow plants over your fence to add decorative flair
Flowering climbers like mandevilla look striking growing up wrought iron
Growing plants over a fence can conceal an ugly structure or make a decorative fence look even better.
Ensure your fence can support the weight of the plants, as certain climbers like passionfruit vine grow quickly and can become very heavy.
Once plants have reached the desired size, keep them trimmed to stop them escaping out of your garden and avoid complaints from neighbours.
AVOID IVY or other invasive plants, as they can cause damage to brickwork and wooden fences.
SUSPEND CONTAINERS from the top of the fence if there is no suitable space at the base and grow trailing plants. For maximum strength, mount the containers on top of the fence posts.
GROW A HEDGE through a wire mesh fence to provide more security than a stand-alone hedge. Plant photinia or box close to the base and encourage foliage to grow through the gaps.
Pick the right plants
Long-stemmed ivy geraniums can be trained over a support and feature flowers in spring and summer.
Ivy geranium can be trained over a support and flower in spring and summer
Select a climbing variety of nasturtium for summer and autumn blooms, and as a bonus the flowers are edible.
Select a climbing variety of nasturtium for summer and autumn blooms
With dense foliage and small flowers from spring to autumn, vigorous muehlenbeckia can also be used as hedging.
Muehlenbeckia has dense foliage and small flowers
Plant fast-growing passionfruit vine in frost-free areas for lush foliage and stunning flowers, plus delicious fruit.
Passionfruit vines are fast growing and have stunning flowers