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Garden fence designs are largely determined by the material being used, such as bamboo, aluminum or dry stone. The volume and texture of each type will impart its particular ambiance that either complements the house and garden to which it belongs effectively, or does so less effectively. Let’s take a look at a few popular garden fence ideas.

Vinyl and Wooden Garden Fencing

Stockade and picket fences are the most prevalent types of wood fencing. While wood is usually homeowners’ first choice of material, consider vinyl fencing, which is essentially faux wood. Vinyl is less prone to rot and weather than wood, resistant to insects, and has far lower maintenance costs in the long run. Of course, while vinyl can have a wood-like grain pattern when viewed from a distance, the truth is that, on close inspection, nothing beats the organic texture of an authentic wood fence.

A stockade fence is designed primarily for privacy fencing, typically employing a tongue-and-groove joinery to eliminate gaps between panels. Naturally, the privacy you gain comes at the expense of visibility from the house, or from any direction beyond the perimeter. A picket fence is the most widely installed fencing, allowing a view of the garden from the outside, while still cordoning off the property.

Somewhat related to stockade fencing is bamboo, since a bamboo garden fence is also ideal for privacy. While bamboo fencing is perhaps more limited in application, since it implies use with zen gardens, it’s extremely economical and ages well — it tends to look better with additional weathering. Moreover, bamboo privacy fencing looks less imposing than traditional stockade panels.

Aluminum and Wrought Iron Fence Designs

Wrought iron fencing is a favorite for public gardens, but it’s often beyond the budget of homeowners, who might be willing to spring for a wrought iron gate, but not the cost of a full set of wrought iron fence panels. For residential fences and garden gates, it’s become more common to install a steel or aluminum fence.

Aluminum fencing with a black power coat finish has a look that’s essentially identical to iron gates while being much lighter, more weather resistant, less prone to rust, and cheaper up front and over its lifetime.

A chain link fence, while inappropriate for decorative garden fencing, is a pragmatic choice if the main goal is to keep children and pets from coming in or getting out. It’s possible to soften the utilitarian look of chain link fencing by covering it with vine. There’s almost always a way to make functional fencing look at least somewhat decorative.

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