Fences are not always for keeping something in or out, often it is a pretty backdrop or focal point in the landscape instead.The different types of decorative fences can be both functional and aesthetically pleasing, making them a popular choice for residential properties. Privacy fences, sometimes referred to as stockade fences, can provide security while still adding visual interest to a property. Farm style fencing, commonly known as split rail fencing, can add a rustic component to many different landscaping styles. The picket fence, often found in suburban settings, can define a property line without disrupting the visual flow of a neighborhood. Other types of decorative fences include the lattice fence and wrought iron, Gothic style fencing commonly found on properties with historical homes.
Perhaps the prettiest and most easily adapted decorative fences is the one you plant. A low hedge may take a few years to mature, but ultimately it will reward you with a dense green backdrop that looks attractive while serving to delineate specific areas of your landscape. Evergreen shrubs provide year-round interest as well as nesting space for songbirds. Deciduous hedges often have attractive winter colour. Both may also provide flowers or berries in season, or function as a leafy wall to show off a row of pretty annuals planted in front.