If you are a little bored with your generic vinyl or brick fence, a “living fence” may be a good option for your yard! A living fence is a type of fence derived from living plants or trees. Believe it or not, these have been said to provide more privacy than a regular fence would!
Evergreen trees are said to be one of the best trees to use as a living fence. They block harsh winter winds, and the fullness of the trees provides great privacy. This Old House states that these beauties can grow up to three feet in a year.
If you have a problem with pests and critters, a living fence created from cactus would be perfect. Cactus is a natural form of barbed wire. This is actually the preferred method of fencing in the Caribbean.
Not only does Lilac smell absolutely terrific, but it is a great to fence with. There are several colors available, and Lilac grows quickly, providing a great fence fast! Bob Vila even goes as far as saying that these plants still thrive in the winter!
Although Boxwood grows extremely slowly, once matured, it is a great natural barrier. The best part, you can shape these into intricate shapes!
Weeping Willows grow quickly, and stand up well in cold weather. These trees are extremely supple, and can be shaped to form the living fence of your dreams!
Burning Brush can grow up to 24 feet tall , and during the fall is known for this gorgeous firey red color. The brush has small fruits that attract birds, making this the perfect idea for bird watchers out there.
Believe it or not, bamboo is perfect for a living fence. It is one of the fastest growing plants, and is beyond low maintenance. Just be careful to choose the type of bamboo carefully, as it can be quite invasive.
Junipers (and really any kind of evergreen tree) are perfect foliage for fences. Junipers grow berries, and have a delicious aroma. Unfortunately, Juniper can develop dead spots if over pruned. Here is a tutorial to help you avoid such dead spots.
Yellow forsythia blooms are part of an eleven species family, all of which have extremely flexible branches and gorgeous green leaves. Again, it is important to consider height, and this can grow up to nine feet tall.
Holly isn’t just for Christmas decorations! This is another plant belonging in the Evergreen family. This plant produces gorgeous berries and thrives in any climate zone, including the tropics!
Laurels can be used for more than just house plants. Laurels make a great natural barrier. One of the most durable plants out there, this plant thrives in areas with air pollution problems.
Privets are one of the most dense plants out there, which creates privacy that an ordinary fence could not match. Much like the Juniper and the Boxwood, this plant can be shaped into any desired shape.
Italian Cypress, while not dense, grow to tall columns, up to 70 feet high!
Hicksii Yew, is another plant much like the juniper. This shrub is notorious for its gorgeous green needles. Although, it is important to remember that the needles may brown with frequent exposure to harsh winter winds.
The Nigra Arbovitae is a lush tree that grows in the shape of a pyramid. Growing up to 30 feet tall, this is a great plant to consider!