Most people think of fences in terms of safety and security, but they’re much more versatile than that. They can be constructed in a variety of decorative ways to protect plants, camouflage generators, and air conditioning units, to provide privacy, and add interest to the landscape. There are multiple ways that barriers can be used to add character to the landscape.
Swimming pools are one of the most popular places to put a decorative barrier. To soften the appearance of a security fence at the poolside, a fun nautical theme can be created with rope, netting, and round posts. It’s the type of decorative barrier that can be recreated throughout the landscape and on decks, porches, and patios.
For those that prefer greenery, a fence panel with stylized cut-outs provides a solution where flowering vines can grow and intertwine. Such panels can also be utilized as stand-alone options. They keep things out of sight and add value to a home or business.
English wattle type fencing is becoming more popular as decorative barriers and as a means for easy backyard gardening. These are more common in landscapes that are less formal. Traditionally constructed of willow and/or hazelwood, today’s homeowners have bamboo and a wide variety of other materials from which to choose.
The decorative aspect is often in the details. Individuals have an almost unlimited number of options to customize their barriers. For a touch of romance or whimsy, try adding fairy lights to barriers near pools, decks, porches, and patios.
The type of decorative barrier selected will depend on its intended purpose and to complement existing landscaping. Barriers are used for a myriad of purposes ranging from privacy and safety concerns to delineating boundaries between different areas of the environment. Others simply provide uniqueness and character to the environment. Any vision can become a reality with today’s materials.
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