Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Landscaping In Front Of A Wrought Iron Fence

Wrought iron fencing comes in many styles.

Wrought iron is a high-end fencing material that is strong and attractive. It is a feature on its own, but you may be wondering what you can do with the empty space in front of it. You have a few options that meld well with the wrought-iron look. Whichever method you choose, make sure the wrought iron is still visible because it is an aesthetically pleasing addition to your yard. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Plant a flower garden in front of the fence with flowers that grow up to three feet high. Use either perennials or annuals, depending on if you want to change the look each year. Plant the tallest flowers in the back. The taller flowers will show from the front and the back of the fence, adding color to the yard.

2. Install a rock garden or path along the edge of the fence. Mark the garden with ropes and pegs, dig out the space for the garden so it is 6 inches deep and put edging around the sides. Cover the space with black and white newspaper, lay permanent mulch and fill with the decorative rocks. This process keeps weeds at bay and gives the garden a sturdy base. Rock gardens need little maintenance and work well at the base of the fence so you don't have to mow the lawn or use a weed whacker along the fence line. Try a decorative gravel other than traditional pea gravel, such as lava rock, river rock, quartz or brightly dyed gravel.

3. Plant a short hedge along the fence line. Prune the hedge regularly so it doesn't grow over 3 feet high. Boxwood is an easy-to-grow bush that you can groom into a hedge. Do not allow the hedge to grow too high or you will block out the fence completely and will have a harder time grooming an unkempt hedge. The hedge and wrought iron fence look good together so it is ideal to see both of them at their best.

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