Soften a Fence with This Colorful Garden Plan Filled with Easy-Care Perennials

Transform your backyard fence from a boring, blank space into a backdrop for a gorgeous flower bed, bursting with long-lasting color, fragrance, and texture.

Backyard fences are functional, but not always the prettiest thing to look at. This garden plan will help draw attention away from the harsh lines of fence posts and slats with a mix of favorite flowers in shades of pink and purple, set off by foliage with complementary hues and textures. Most of the plants in this design are perennials, with a few bulbs and small shrubs mixed in for added interest. The result is a long-lasting garden that will require minimal maintenance year after year. Though the few annuals included in this plan will need to be refreshed every growing season, they'll help spice up the bed's look without having to totally replant.

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Plants to Create the Garden Plan to Soften a Fence

If you aren't able to find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute with others that have similar colors, shapes, and sizes. And because some plants can become overly aggressive and spread out of control in certain climates, always check which species are considered invasive in your area before planting. For example, Miscanthus can become weedy in some areas of the country, but this is usually less problematic when planting a cultivar such as 'Gracillimus' listed in this plan.

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The garden plan for this design includes an illustrated version of the planted garden, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden as shown, and complete instructions for installing the garden along your fence line. Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to all garden plans, available as printable PDFs.

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