Hiding Chain Link Fences

Using Plants to Hide a Chain Link Fence

Our neighborhood is made up of 1/2 acre lots, many of which use chain link fences to divide the properties.  While this type of fence is great to keep our German Shepherd dogs enclosed, it is not so great to look at.

One of my projects for my test garden was to do something to hide the chain link fence that is very visible from our patio setting.

How to Hide a Chain Link Fence with Shrubs and Plants

This is one piece of chain link fence with no flower beds near it as it was last year.

Chain link fence Further down this fence where my test garden starts, I started by planting forsythia bushes that my neighbor had dug up and discarded. My husband just used an axe to chop them into pieces and I planted the pieces of forsythia all along the fence where the upright supports are located.

Chain link fence with forsythiasThen I dug up the sod by hand and planted some rose bushes and a few other plants along the border of the fence and put a bird bath in the center. It was only about 5  feet wide at this stage.

Test garden last yearNext we tilled a long additional six foot wide swath of dirt and I dug up the sod.

new dirt areaI planted annuals (lots of zinnias), sunflowers against the back border, hollyhocks, more rose bushes, a Washington Hawthorne Tree, Gladioli by the basketful, and many other perennials and annuals.   A large elephant ear plant hides a lot of the fence and I found this growing in my compost pile!

This year the fence is almost hidden from our view when we are sitting on the deck.  Here is a front view:

Chain link fence almost hiddenI loved the way our neighbor’s trees now seem like a part of our property!  By next year, I don’t think we will see that fence at all.

My friend Barb from Our Fairfield Home and Garden has a different way to hide her chain link fence. She uses Bamboo.  You can view her blog post here.

Bamboo hides a chain link fence

Update August 8. 2013:  My test garden has been featured in a garden hop.  It is one of 12 garden tours featured on Our Fairfield Home and Garden. 

Garden Hop

Thanks for including my garden Barb!

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