Marianne CannonChoosing narrow plants and climbers to hide a boundary fence

Today I’m talking with landscape designer Peter Nixon about choosing ‘best-fit’ plants that will hide an ugly boundary fence, especially when there’s only a narrow planting area between a path and the side fence. In Part 1 we talk about shrubs and other plants with this very narrow habit, and in Part 2 we’ll discuss climbers.

Peter’s phrase ‘best fit’ planting means choosing the right plant for your growing conditions so you’re much more likely to have success. One common but very difficult area to plant is a narrow area between a path and fence that’s heavily shaded through the winter but exposed to hot summer sun when the sun rises and sets further around. You want evergreen plants but you want to avoid shrubs that grow up on a trunk or climbers that race to the top of their support, leaving the lower area bare.

 

Pavonia coccinea

Beautiful vibrant flowers on Pavonia coccinea

 

Here are some interesting plants like Pavonia coccinea to think about for this difficult spot, especially if you have a warm coastal to subtropical area, but also some such as blue bamboo that will tolerate frosts.

 

Part 1 – Narrow plants to hide a boundary fence – shrubs

 

Part 2 – Narrow plants to hide a boundary fence – climbers

 

You can grow climbers in a narrow passageway when you choose a ‘best fit’ plant. Peter describes how to install tensioned wire grow cables and then which evergreen climbers to choose that will stay ‘clothed’ right to the base all-year-round.

 

Establishing Muehlenbeckia complexa on tensioned stainless steel wire grow cables

Establishing Muehlenbeckia complexa on tensioned stainless steel wire grow cables

 

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Marianne Cannon

About Marianne Cannon

Marianne Cannon has been broadcasting as Real World Gardener on radio 2RRR 88.5fm in Sydney, since September 2009, and the program is now syndicated to radio stations around Australia. It's about growing your own, the abc of plants, and how to create sustainable gardens to fit into today's environment. Not just a show about plants; it has a strong green and ecological bent, with co-presenters addressing issues such as native animals and plants, water conservation, composting, reducing waste, protecting native species and more.

2 thoughts on “Choosing narrow plants and climbers to hide a boundary fence

  1. adam on said:

    how do we install those poles and wires? Where can we get them from?

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