Our Favorite Decorative Fence Ideas

fence flower garden
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul

Add privacy and structure to your garden with one of our stylish and practical fence ideas. With inspiration for picket fences, wood fences, gates, and more, our decorative fence ideas will help you add both function and interest to your yard.

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Low Profile

white house wooden fence
Kim Cornelison

A fence made with rot-resistant ipe wood (also known as Brazilian walnut) adds a rustic accent to this home's facade. Its low, horizontal profile and open slots let in light and showcase the home rather than covering it up. Along the driveway, a tall trellis fence adds privacy.

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Exaggerate the Entryway

fence flower garden
Kritsada Panichgul

Update a classic white picket fence with matte black hardware and a decorative arbor. A double gate allows for easier garden maintenance, such as clearing old debris. Plant vining species around the arbor for a lush entrance.

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Attention to Detail

white house red roof
Julie Soefer

This handcrafted wood fence features an elevated twist on hog wire panels. Carved post caps complement the architectural details of the early-1900s pier-and-beam Queen Anne. Plantings at the base of the decorative fence add colorful curb appeal.

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Top It Off

white fence garden
Erica George Dines

Flanked by fragrant flowers, a pergola topping this white picket fence makes for an inviting entrance. Arches under the trellis provide sweeping views of the home's kitchen garden. Narrow balusters and decorative posts add an elegant finish.

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Garden Harmony

front exterior lawn garden landscaping brick walk way
John Merkl

A tall pergola and plenty of vining plants help blur the line between garden and home. A double gate outfitted with hog-wire panels swings open to accommodate guests and keeps the family dog within boundaries.

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Welcome Home

backyard white fence entry way dog running
Lynn Karlin

For a twist on the classic white picket fence, swap wide wood balusters for narrow spindles with traditional post caps. An affordable arbor with modern lines adds instant charm to the entrance. Economical arbor kits are sold at many home and garden centers and can often be assembled in a weekend with basic tools.

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Go Geometric

Vegetable garden fence
Bill Stites

Create a contemporary feel with interesting rails. In keeping with the long, straight lines and tightly clipped formality of the rest of the landscape, this fence uses horizontal wood rails strengthened by diagonal boards in a triangular pattern. Attach wire mesh to the inside of your fence to keep out unwelcome critters.

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Greet Guests

Picket fence with arbor
Marty Baldwin

A classic white picket fence makes a charming addition to any garden, especially when paired with a matching arbor and gate. A low fence gives definition to an area but still allows unobstructed views. A pathway and arbor beckon further exploration.

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Add Privacy

Bamboo and timber privacy panels
Dan Piassick

Tightly packed stakes create privacy and interest. Here, bamboo is packed into a frame of sturdy, upright timbers. Create a fun textural contrast by using feathery plantings in beds lining the panels.

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Make It Easy

White vinyl fence
Mike Jensen

Low-maintenance vinyl provides an updated look to the classic white picket fence. It keeps its pristine look—and you never need to paint it because you buy in the color you want—white in this case. If a white fence feels stark in your yard, soften it by weaving rambling roses, clematis, or other plants through the pickets.

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Add a Focal Point

Purple painted picket fence

Paint your picket fence a bright hue for a playful touch in the garden. It's the perfect complement to whimsical garden art, such as this monkey dangling from a tree, and bright-color container plantings. Plus, it gives your yard a splash of color during the winter.

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Top It Off

Cedar fence with aluminum panel
Marty Baldwin

Give extra interest to a traditional privacy fence by topping it with a contrasting panel. Standard lattice panels can do the job, or make your own unique design by using perforated aluminum panels framed in matching cedar.

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Add Light with Lattice

Lattice fence with pink flowers
Kritsada Panichgul

These lattice panels create privacy in the garden while serving as a sturdy trellis for climbing roses. Simply tie the roses to the panels with twist ties. Arched panel tops and finials on support posts provide attractive finishing touches.

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Embellish with Decorations

Picket fence with star decorations
Kathryn Gamble Lozier

Dress up a plain picket fence with garden art. Here, framed metal stars have been painted to match the color scheme of the fence. Leave them in place year-round or change them to fit the season or holiday.

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Be Sure It's Sturdy

Rail fence with brick pillars
Janet Mesic-Mackie

Securely hold wood fence rails in place with a brick pillar. Match the brick to others used in your patio or on your house to tie various landscape elements together. Cap the brick column with a flat piece of slate to shed water.

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Reinvent a Window Box

Window box in privacy fence
Marty Baldwin

Lend color, texture, and interest to a wood privacy fence by creating a niche for a window box planter. This cedar planter complements the wood fence and provides seasonal color in this corner of the yard.

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Create Old-World Charm

Stone and wrought-iron fence
Edward Gohlich

Alternate mortared stone columns with wrought-iron panels topped with finials for an elegant and stately fence combination. Top the stone pillars with clay pots filled with begonias or other colorful blooms for visual appeal.

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Get a Room with a View

Window grate in privacy fence
Peter Krumhardt

Break up a boring privacy fence by adding an ornate iron window grate. The grate allows you to see through the garden to the other side and keeps the fence from looking like a stockade. If the view outside your fence isn't so pretty, hang a mirror on your fence. It'll give the appearance of a window and you'll see the reflection of your attractive yard.

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Embrace Heavy Metal

Galvanized metal fence
Edward Gohlich

Give your garden a modern feel with a wall of inexpensive galvanized corrugated metal. Wood patio furniture and colorful geraniums soften the space. Horizontal stripes on a cushion mimic the texture of the metal sheeting.

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Perk It up with Pots

Clay pots hanging on wood fence
Peter Krumhardt

Attach plant hanger hooks to a wood fence and insert pots planted with tough annuals, such as 'Diamond Frost' euphorbia, 'Marguerite' sweet potato vine, and pink 'Supertunia Vista Fuchsia' petunia, to create a wall of living color. Coordinate the plantings by repeating colors in the painted pots and by using a limited palette of plants.

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Create the Country Look

Wattle fence with flowers plants
Matthew Benson

Infuse rustic charm into a formal knot garden by outlining sections of the planting beds with a wattle fence. Supple branches, such as those of willow, work best for weaving through the upright branch posts.

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Update a Children's Garden Fence

Color crayon picket fence
Marty Baldwin

Can't decide what color to paint your fence? Use them all! Add a wrap of black trim, and you'll have a stately row of giant crayons—a perfect touch of whimsy to define the space for a children's garden.

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Make It Simple with Style

Bamboo fence around yard
Julie Sprott

Lash bamboo poles together for a simple but effective fence with Asian style. Place the upright sections of bamboo on alternate sides of horizontal shoots to create fence sections. Secure the panels to larger bamboo posts for stability.

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