The Fence Row Garden

Elements of a Fence Row Garden
When my neighbor installed a 6 foot privacy fence along our property line
I tried really hard not to be offended.
I have to admit that I was…just a little.
But I took advantage of the opportunity to plant a fence row garden
and I think things have worked out to my advantage.
It’s taken several years but it’s coming along nicely.
This is the view from our deck.
I made a list of every perennial I have ever wanted. I tried to concentrate on plants with blooms so I would have some cutting flowers.
 Black Eyed Susans and lavender were at the top of the list.
 Bell Flowers, Coreopsis and the vine on the fence is Bittersweet.
Last fall was my first harvest of the Bittersweet vines. Not to sound lame…but it was so exciting!
 I’m not really sure why there is a golfer in my garden…my husband pretty much
avoids anything to do with yard work and he’s the golfer.  But it’s been there for years and I don’t
think things would be the same without it.
Daisies, a brand new Climatis, tomatoes and Phlox.
 Little tiny Dianthus in the front…hope they make it.
Hydrangeas and Sedum.
 There are Zinnias in the back along the fence.
Each spring I’m always hopeful that I will have abundant blooms
and that no plants have met the Grim Reaper over the winter.
I’m happy to report that this year nothing died…

and I was able to get 4 flower arrangements from what I picked yesterday.


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  1. patio design says:

    Your garden looks beautiful! What an amazing job you’ve done on this site! The pictures are absolutely beautiful. I’m sure I could find myself getting lost for hours on here. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    I love your plants along your fence- they look like they have filled in nicely and make for such a pretty edging in your backyard! Thanks for sharing this at FNF :)

  3. Wow! Your garden is wonderful! :) Thank you for sharing your gorgeous bouquets. I'm so glad that you were able to join in for Fresh-Cut Friday!

  4. Having a privacy fence is a great way to enjoy all that you have created. They say the best neighbors are the one's with a fence! LOL! Love your gardens. And I like the golfer too…

  5. Honey at 2805 says:

    Your garden is beautiful! I loved taking the tour! Mine needs more work!

  6. wonderful I love the flower arrangements too wish I could do something like this but I need lots of help from the hubby…he is always so busy… Boo Hooo

  7. Formerly known as Frau says:

    Your garden is beautiful….I especially love the wooden flag on your shed too.

  8. Love of the Sea says:

    Nice looking garden and back yard you have there! Now I bet you are happy they put the fence up. Happy 4th of July!

  9. Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage says:

    Your garden looks so well cared for! Everything is beautiful, but I especially love seeing your bouquets together! So beautiful!Happy holiday!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Very pretty and it all worked out to your advantage. I love fences, I think of them as frames for the yard and they keep my pets in and our pets out, works for me. Sorry I have to use Anonymous, the only option that worked for me.

  11. At The Picket Fence says:

    Ann that picture of your floral arrangements looks like it belongs in a magazine! Your fence row garden is just fantastic and it started me thinking about how we could do this in our backyard too. :-) Your entire outdoor space is just lovely and I'm so glad you shared this with us at Inspiration Friday this week!

  12. Just B @ Love Where You Live says:

    Ann – Your fence row garden is lovely! All your plants look so green and healthy. The bouquets you put together are very pretty, and how neat is it that they all came from your own backyard. Thanks for sharing! :)

  13. i think you did very well — when life gives you lemons . . .

  14. Something Nice and Pretty says:

    Just beautiful Ann! Looks like the fence worked out great for you!
    Every year I'm always going to buy a hydrana bush but for some reason I never do, next year for sure:) Yours is growing so well!


  15. Regina from The Queenly Abode says:

    Hi Ann, thanks for the tour of your beautiful back yard.
    have a great day,

  16. Haven Conner says:

    Your flower arrangements are just beautiful. I like that zinnias attract butterflies. My mother planted them every summer. Thanks for sharing!


  17. Hey Ann- Your prolific garden gives new meaning to "seeing what's over the back fence." :-)
    I've always liked a privacy fence, myself. Hope none of my neighbors for the last three houses we've owned has ever felt slighted. Maybe one of these days I'll be able to actually visit your pretty garden area!
    ~ Sue

  18. Rose @ Walnut Acre says:

    I love the fence row garden. I'm hoping that next year I can focus more on flowers. This year my focus has been the vegetable garden.

  19. What a gorgeous garden tour, Ann. I think I would be pretty happy about that fence. Cut flowers are so beautiful too!

  20. It looks fantastic. I love your plant choices and the little church birdhouse. When I'm in areas with no fences it strikes me as so pretty and spacious. We do have fences around here…just have to keep them looking good.

  21. Alison @ The Polohouse says:

    What lovely gardens Ann!
    Lots of pretty blooms you were able to pick too.
    Have a wonderful 4th.

  22. classic • casual • home says:

    SUCH a lovely garden…and bouquets of flowers. Lucky you! Of course, it took your talent!

  23. How very pretty your garden is! The fence was definitely a blessing in disguise!

  24. ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says:

    Definitely worked towards your advantage because your garden looks beautiful!! Enjoy your 4th of July weekend, Martina

  25. this is the most beautiful post,, just lovely,, your work has payed off in spades,, (pardon the pun) such a lovley garden,

  26. Luciane at says:

    I know so many great blogs out there and I must say that yours is one of my favorite! I love coming here and feel truly inspired by you. Thank you for sharing all your knowledge with us.

    Have a great day!


    Luciane at

  27. Ann@A Sentimental Life says:

    don't you just love being able to go take a tour of your own garden and pick flowers for beautiful arrangments! Your hard work sure has payed off!

  28. BEACH BUNGALOW says:

    Gorgeous, Ann. I can't bring myself to cut the flowers and bring them in, lol!


  29. Miss Kitty says:

    Ann, I love the "tour" of your garden! It looks wonderful and how great that you can harvest those gorgeous flowers out of it for the inside of your home.