Add Climbing Plants To Your Fence And Create A Living Boundary

You wouldn't be alone if your neighbour has installed and possibly left to rot, a dreadful fence, which might look nice from their side, but as they never attend to your side of it, you get a look at the worst part.

You may have considered growing some climbing plants across your neighbour’s fence panels so you don't have to look at the unsightly mess every time you walk through your garden, but you need to consider the legal aspects of what you can and can't do, because after all, it is their fence and not yours and why should you have to consider paying out good money for fencing supplies?

What could or should you do?

What you can do and what you are able to do are often two completely different things with two vastly different outcomes.

Some people work on the principle that your neighbour will never see what you're doing to, or on, his fence, from your side. Your neighbour may not even be bothered about what you do to your side of their fence.

You could consider painting the fence from your side, but while you will gain the benefit of looking at a nice fence, why should you have to go to the expense of maintaining their fence panels?

You could build a brick wall, which will cost you money and quite a lot of it if you intend to carry the wall the entire length of their fence.

You could decide to add climbing plants to your side of their fence so they give you a beautiful outlook and at the same time hide their monstrosity.

If you don't want your neighbours to know that you are putting climbing plants on their fence panels, you will need to cut your plants as soon as they reach the top of the fence and grow down their side. Cutting the plants when they reach the top of your neighbour’s fence panels shouldn't you cause you too many problems because it will encourage new growth further down in your plants.

Which plants should you choose?

The standard issue plant of British gardens is to choose Clematis because they are fast growers and they will also attach themselves to the fence panels and in time will produce a lovely arrangement of fragrant flowers.

You must watch out how fast clematis can grow, because in perfect conditions they can easily grow 40 feet. If you cut back by about one third of their growth after their first flowering you will encourage an even more rapid growth from the rest of your climbing plants.

Honeysuckle is also a great favourite for British gardens because they come in several varieties which will grow quickly and become extremely hardy, especially during the colder winter months. They colours can vary considerably from very pale white options to extremely bright oranges and reds.

Those annual creepers, sweet peas, are a delicate little climber and you can buy them in a variety of colours. If you pick the blooms quite early during the season, it will encourage more flowers to appear on the plant during the best time of the year. They'll grow across the fence panels and up to about 6 foot and you won't need to support them at all.

Whatever your final decision, it will be yours to take the rid yourself of unsightly fence panels and replace with lovely climbing plants.