By: Garden Gate staff
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Don’t let a privacy fence loom over your garden. The 4-foot fence in the photo here had to be replaced once an apartment complex went up in the wooded lot behind it. But with a few adjustments to the garden, the new 6-foot addition didn’t seem a bit out of place.
Click ahead to learn how to incorporate a tall privacy fence into your space and check out the transformation to this backyard!
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A perennial garden in front of the fence softens its strong, imposing look — in spots, make the depth of the bed 1 1/2 times the height of the fence to keep the garden proportional.
For a smooth transition from fence to lawn, stairstep the planting between them — keep tall and low-growing plants connected with midheight plants that bridge the span.
Break up the long vertical line at the top of the fence by adding trees for height, and shrubs and vines create a more interesting “skyline” or silhouette.
While a tall fence provides privacy and protection from drying winds, it prevents air circulation. Try installing one with small spaces between each wooden slat. They’re barely noticeable here, but they allow for important air flow.