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10 Breathtaking Living Fence Ideas

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Are you looking for living fencing ideas? Maybe the thought of a natural fence is more appealing than the stodgy wood or metal structures.

We’ve really been into writing about fences. When we were driving home today, we saw a living fence and just loved it.

In this article, we’ll share the top 10 living fence ideas so you can get your creating juices flowing and start your own.

Some benefits of having the living fence are:

more beautiful, helps with noise reduction.

For most living fences, they might take a little time to fill out. You can buy the shrubs or plants at the height that you want, but they’ll still have to grow together, but they can offer great privacy for your backyard.

If you want to save a little money, then you can get the smaller versions of the plants and then wait for them to grow to your desired height.

1. Yellow Forsythia Blooms Fence

These beautiful yellow bushes tell you that spring is here with they yellow blooms. If you’re looking for a living fence that can get as high as 9 feet, then you might want to check these out. They average from 3 feet to 9 feet in height.

You also won’t have to wait too long for them to grow, since they are a fast growing bush. They would be great to get smaller plants to save a little money and let them grow to your desired height.

You can let them grow a little wild or keep them manicured into tidy shrubs.

2. Trumpet Creeper Fence

I like the sunset trumpet creeper to form a fence. Our neighborhood had these when we were kids and we would love to pick the trumpets and play with them.

They are hearty, so once they are established, then there’s very little you’ll have to do for them.

This is a vine, so you’ll have to have a small structure underneath to give a place to grow. Once it’s fully established, it’s very thick and luscious, providing a great fence structure for privacy.

3. Bamboo Fence

bamboo fence in backyard

Bamboo is hearty and fast growing. You have several different varieties to choose from. We have a bamboo fence on one side of our backyard. I should say, our neighbor has a bamboo fence and I love how beautiful it is.

We don’t do much to it, we’ll cut back the areas that get too large on our side.

Since bamboo is a grass, it can start running in different areas, so you’ll just want to keep it trimmed back so it doesn’t overtake your backyard.

The bamboo height is just amazing. Our bamboo is easily 15-20 feet tall, so it provides great privacy in the backyard.

Like with most of these living fences, the bamboo fence is great for reducing backyard noise.

4 Pyracantha Fence

5. Honeysuckle Fence

One of my favorite spring smells is the honeysuckle. Like the trumpet, this is a vine that will provide a great living fence around your property. And when it’s blooming, you get an added bonus of a wonderful smell around your backyard.

You can also get the second variety, which is a woody shrub that you can grow and shape into the perfect fence for privacy. These shrubs grow from 5-12 feet tall, which is the perfect fence replacement idea.

6. Container Plants Fence

If you don’t want the permanent plant structure, then consider creating a container plant fence. With this idea, you’ll look to find the perfect containers for your fence base.

I love this idea because you can either choose uniform containers and plants, or go with different colors and shaped containers that hold a variety of different plants in them.

Plus, you can more easily move your fence to fit your changing backyard needs.

7. Cactus Fence

If you don’t want to worry about watering as much or live in an area that gets less rainfall, consider a cactus fence line.

Most varieties of cactus can be segmented multiple times and it will regrow in the ground. You can watch this fascinating video series on someone “building” a cactus fence.

You see how they cut the cactus and planted each segment. Each of those cut will grow into the ground and be self sustaining.

8. Wild Plants Fence

There’s a house we pass often that has a wild plant fence and it’s the living fence that inspired this whole article. You can choose different heights and colors of plants to fill in different areas.

You wild plant fence can get tall if, depending on which plants you choose. If you choose completely native plants, then the upkeep should be easier.

Plus, you can choose to plant different ones that bloom at different times of the year so you can blooms almost year round.

9. Evergreen Tree Fence

Evergreen tree fence is perfect if you have a long driveway or around your backyard. Depending on the variety that you pick, these trees can grow up to 70 feet.

And there are several types of evergreen to choose from. One of my favorites is the juniper because of it’s great smell.

Since these are deciduous, they’re perfect for year round coverage and providing the best privacy for your backyard.

10. Photinia Fence

This evergreen shrub is perfect to create a living fence in any area of your yard. Instead of just green shrub, the photonia has vibrant red shoots that really show off after they’ve been trimmed.

They are fairly wide at 5 to 8 feet and grow as tall as 15 feet, so they make the perfect natural privacy fence for your yard.

I also love hearty and these are fairly hearty shrubs that you can plant and maintain with little effort.


We hope this article helped the perfect living fence ideas for your backyard. If you have furbabies, then you may also want to take a look at dog fence ideas if you don’t already have a backyard fence to put up.

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  1. You made a good point that using chain link fences can help a lot if I’m trying take care of wild plants on my yard. I’ve been planning to hire fence contractors soon because I’d like to keep stray raccoons off my property. To think that it can also be beneficial for my gardening efforts is such a huge boon.

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