What to plant along the fence line, is a query that one would wonder in order to make the fence look graceful with different flowers. No matter what got you here, either an idea of functionality or aesthetic, the plants have the power to camouflage that ugly fence you have.

Perfect Options to Plant Along Fence Line

But when you’re looking beyond that, plants have an amazing power of elevating your landscaping and curb appeal too!

These will be the first to greet the ones passing by or some guests approaching your home, and this article has exactly what you need to choose the perfect combo for your fence landscaping.

List of Plants For Your Fence Line

1. Morning Glory

What’s the story of morning glory? No, it’s not that hit from Oasis, but the viewers may just be tempted to gaze at and talk to this one for a while. Morning glory is quite an exotic, and particularly pretty annual vine appreciated for the heart-shaped leaves and dazzling blue and purple trumpet flowers.

– Decoration Ideas

The flowers open themselves to the viewers in the morning and close in the afternoon, which is one of their prominent features, which will surely make some of your neighbors take up jogging! These pretty flowers bloom continuously from spring to late summer. This is a perfect beauty to hide your ugly privacy fence, as it’s a vigorous and fast grower.

Blooming Morning Glory Flowers

– Growing Conditions

Morning glory thrives in full sun and evenly moist, and well-drained soil. This fast-growing vine will grow up to 10 feet tall in a single growing season and up to six feet wide, this is how it would grow ideally. The vine will self-seed easily and can become a nuisance. It’s virtually pest and disease free and will thrive in a climate zone ranging from two to 11.

This plant is ideal for your vertical planting because it needs support on which it can climb. That makes it perfect for walls, pergolas, privacy fences, or screens. It looks amazing in hanging baskets or as a ground cover too, especially along the fences, to promote it with some perfect for cottage and Mediterranean gardens. 

2. Climbing Roses

Award-winning climbing rose is a strong and fast grower which produces abundant and beautiful heaps of fragrant, double coral pink flowers.

The flowers are somewhat darker on their back with an even darker center spot. The beautiful blossoms open nicely, despite their numerous petals and even in moist weather, and have a gorgeous apple fragrance to them. 

– Decorative Ideas

The flowers create a perfectly contrasted display growing in front of dense, dark green leaves. This beautiful rose is quite versatile and can be grown as a shrub too, although it looks the best when it’s grown as a climbing plant, making it ideal to raise your fence landscaping, especially near the fences. 

The blooms will last all summer long, which is ideal for the people passing by on their night walks. As you would plant them, near the fence, these beautiful blooms would very eccentric around it.

Climbing Roses Blooms in a Tree

In terms of landscaping ideas, this garden beauty is ideal for flower beds and borders. Although it is a fence plant, you should grow it where you can enjoy its lovely smell on a daily basis — perfect for a walkway, doorway, or near your patio. Roses are perfect cut flowers that you can put on walls, fences, or other garden structures.

– Growing Conditions

Climbing roses flush multiple times from late spring to late summer. They love full sun and rich, good moisture, well-drained soils. They will, however, tolerate being planted in shade. 

The climbing rose grows up to 10 feet tall and spreads up to six feet. This plant is disease resistant and will grow in climate zone ranges of five to nine. Remember to water it very well in the first year, so that it would establish itself very well, however, after the first year you can water it regularly, but make sure you don’t overwater it.

3. Lilly Pilly

This Australian favorite comes from the genus Syzygium, and garden centers propagate and grow them for many applications.

Mind you, Lilly Pilly is one of the best fence ideas, ideally planted where you need fast growth and beautiful foliage color — characteristics that are perfect for a live fence. With many varieties, there’s a Lilly pilly plant for almost any situation. 

– Decorative Ideas

This plant can be grown as a small shrub or a large tree specimen. Its foliage is dense, with mostly oval leaves, small to medium in size. The leaves are beautifully glossy and new growth often comes in more than a few colors — from bright orange hues to vibrant pinks and purples. 

This beauty also has flowers emerging in spring, which are followed by small but colorful berries. Unfortunately, when you use this plant as a hedge and trim it often you won’t be witnessing much of these.

Growing Lilly Pilly in Garden

These plants are usually grown as short hedges, but they can be made into large privacy screens and topiary forms, near your fense. Some growers have it as an accent specimen plant and use it as a part of their native garden scenery. 

– Growing Conditions

Lilly Pillies prefer open, well-drained, and deep soils with good enough moisture in the summer. You should avoid placing it in windy areas, especially if you live in a climate where frost may occur. These perform best in full sun but can tolerate moderate shade. 

The plants flush multiple times from late spring to late summer. Lilly pillies usually grow up to five feet and thrive in climate zones of 10 to 11. To get the best growth out of Lilly pilly you should apply a general fertilizer at least once a year. 

4. Cherry Laurel

Now here’s a beauty that will steal looks from people passing by — Cherry Laurel. This attractive and fast-growing evergreen shrub has smooth and glossy green leaves with pointed tips.

When bruised the leaves and stems emit a pleasant almond scent. From early spring, fragrant, tiny white densely populated flowers emerge. These won’t only attract people, but all kinds of friendly insects and bees too!

– Features

The flowers give way to small, red, and purple cherries which turn to a black hue when ripe, and will stay on the tree up until late winter.

The ripe berries shouldn’t be consumed, but the birds will love them. Smooth bark will become more irregular when mature, making this an attractive addition to your hedge, privacy fence, screens, and windbreakers. 

White Flowers of Cherry Laurel

Some gardeners use it as a specimen sample in their gardens and are generally grown as such in coastal areas. All in all, landscaping ideas often include it grown as a fence cover with relative ease.

– Growing Conditions

Cherry Laurel loves full sun to partial shade. It’s easily grown in moist and well-drained soils but will be drought-tolerant once established. If you expose roots to too much water, you can cause root rot, especially if you use loamy or clay soil. 

On the other hand, if your plant is growing in poor rocky soil it can cause heat stress and chlorosis. This cherry has no other serious issues disease or pest-wise and is even tolerant of grazing animals. Laurels will enjoy a climate range of seven to 11. 

These beautiful climbing plants won’t enjoy being heavily pruned but will serve perfectly as hedge, screen, or shrub border plants.

5. Hicks Yew

This narrowly columnar and dense evergreen shrub is a mix of English and Japanese yews. It’s forming a special exclamation statement in any landscape or border design. The tightly packed and dense branches have heaps of golden green leaves, which shine in their brilliant color throughout the year! 

– Decorative Ideas

Some cultivars, mostly females ones are in near coral red cones, which produce small red berries. This one makes for a wonderful specimen or an addition to your vertical garden. 

Hicks yew plants grow up to 10 feet tall and just two feet wide. Which is why it would look perfectly well near the fence.

Red Berries in Hicks Yew Plants

Despite its toxicity to all animals and humans, hick yew will be ideally planted as a specimen tree or shrub and works perfectly well being added to flower plantings, rock gardens, and as an edge tree. 

– Growing Conditions

This one enjoys full sun and partial shade. It’s easily grown in moist and well-drained soil and will tolerate full shade and a wide range of soils. No regular pruning is necessary for this one, and you can leave it to grow freely. 

Most parts of this plant, especially the small fruits are toxic, and the needles are poisonous, which means that you should be cautious about keeping it away from plants. This shrubby tree has a very small hardiness range but will thrive in mild climates of seven and eight.

6. Red Twig Dogwood

This astonishing variegated foliage plant is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with great ornamental value to landscape design and is bound to attract glances from curious passers. 

– Features

It’s fast-growing and bears oval, bright golden, green, and yellow leaves with emerald centers. This foliage makes a nice contrast to deep red stems in spring and late summer and will turn red and pink in the autumn. 

Small clusters of tiny white and creamy flowers emerge in late spring, and will attract butterflies! These blossoms give way to white and blue-tinged berries which the birds will love. Red twig dogwood will make a lovely addition to your garden throughout the year. 

– Decorative Ideas

They are a wonderful choice for shrubs borders but will go perfectly well planted near ponds and bodies of water, or naturalistic scenes where you can leave them to grow and spread freely.

Growing Red Twig Dogwood in a Rock

When you place this beautiful plant, they will give an amazing feature especially with the colors or the hues that would grow right next to the fence. The red shades will give your surround a very elevated aesthetic as this garden beauty grows up to 12 feet tall and just a few feet wide.. 

– Growing Conditions

It will perform best in full sun and organically rich and medium wet soil, although it won’t make too many problems with soil conditions as long as it’s provided with enough water. 

Not that the red twig dogwood won’t be too fussy about diseases or pests too, although it is disease prone to hot summers in zone seven. These dogwoods are winter hardy in zones three to seven.

These climbing plants will look spectacular when planted in groups to accentuate the winter color. Red dogwoods don’t require much pruning, but they give out the best growth when you cut them flush to the ground level in early spring.

7. Chocolate Vine

Akebia quinata or chocolate vine is a vigorously spreading and equally beautiful semi-evergreen woody vine. Its beautiful dark red and purple flowers fill the street with a lovely chocolate fragrance. For good fruit production, you may grow them in groups to allow for good cross-pollination.

– Decorating Ideas

These blooms contrast the bright green leaves which turn purple if the winters are cold enough. On the other hand, if your summer is warm enough these flowers will turn to unusual long purple seed pods which will pop open in autumn to reveal whitish pink edible pulp. This is a beautiful climber which is bound to steal hearts. 

With these features, it would look very prominent and attractive in the surrounding parts of the fence.  Chocolate vines are usually pest and disease free.

Pretty Flowers of Chocolate Vine

– Growing Conditions

These dark beauty plants grow up to 40 feet tall and suffocate other vegetation if not kept in check. It’s easily grown in most soils, but it will do best in free-draining and sandy loam with regular watering. 

It thrives in full sun but will appreciate partial or even heavy shade in the strong summer. You may want to cut it to ground in spring to allow rejuvenation, they’re winter hardy in zones five through nine. 

The chocolate vine is a quick grower and is one of the best fence ideas. It’s also used for trellises, pergolas, and walls, where you can admire its beautiful flowers from down below. It can also be used as a ground cover or for soil stabilization near streams or ponds. Not only that, but it will look great in shady areas or woodland-type gardens. 

8. Honeysuckle

This is a twining deciduous vine with heaps of big brilliantly orange flowers. The flowers will be a specialty scene for your garden as they are bright orange on the outside and yellow-orange inside. 

– Features

These blooms will continue blooming uninterrupted until mid-autumn. The beautiful foliage of this vine emerges in a coppery purple color but turns to lovely glossy dark green as the vine matures in the growing season. This is a fast grower and will quickly add a lovely charm to that ugly fence. 

Fragrant Honeysuckle Flowers

– Decorating Ideas

Honeysuckles are an excellent choice for walls, fence landscaping, trellises, and pergolas as their beautiful flowers love to hang from above. The reason is that it would be very graceful when they start to bloom around the fences.

– Growing Conditions of Honeysuckle

Honeysuckles love full sun and are best grown in fertile and medium moisture, but well-drained soils. It will generally look best in full sun, but in partial shade, it’s less prone to diseases and pests. This is a low-maintenance plant and will usually only do with a general fertilizer in the early spring. Honeysuckle will do best in climate zones from five to nine. 

9. Ivy

Here’s an oldie but goldie, an English wall-climbing classic. Hedera helix or the English ivy is prized for its ability to thrive in shady areas. It’s a vigorous and fast grower that excels in climbing spaces or even as a ground cover. 

– Features

This ivy has two distinct growth phases. When young it climbs walls via areal roots and produces beautiful dark green leaves. In its mature form, dark green leaves protrude from the spread of areal roots and give way to greenish and white flowers in autumn. 

The blossoms give way to clusters of tiny orange berries. These berries are a staple winter food source for birds. If not eaten, they will hang in their up until early spring to feed young birdies. 

Ivy Plants Covered in Wall

– Decoration Ideas

This plant is perfect for winter gardens and forms an attractive covering for all your garden structures, including walls, privacy fence, or hanging baskets. Note that this plant would thrive in shady parts too, which means that around your fence, it would also look very distinct.

– Growing Conditions 

English Ivy grows up to 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide. This plant spreads with stems that root at the nodes. This is a partial and full shade lover, best grown in fertile, well-drained soil. 

What you must consider is that it won’t make too many problems regarding the soil and will tolerate a wide variety of weather conditions, although it will produce the best foliage where there’s enough moisture. You should shelter it from cold and dry winds, as the English ivy will thrive in climate ranges of five to 11.

10. Clematis

One of the most beautiful choices is surely going to be Clematis. This deciduous climber produces small red to cherry pink flowers with creamy white to yellow centers. Each flower has four to six petals, which elegantly curve backward. 

– Features

The undersides of the petals have a white stripe which will be another curiosity feature for these beauties. It’s blooming profusely from summer to fall and won’t disappoint you with the number of flowers and healthy-looking foliage. Extremely vigorous growers, clematis will be ideal to climb on trees or garden structures. 

– Decorating Ideas

 If you’re wondering what to plant along the fence line, clematis is an obvious answer. There is a clematis variety for any garden, be it a container plant, a tree climber, or a privacy fence cover-up. 

Green Leaves and Pink Flowers of Clematis

– Growing Conditions 

These plants grow best in moist, well-drained soils and enjoy being in full sun. There’s a saying about them, as clematis love their head in the sun, and feet in the shade.

You can keep the roots cool and moist by adding a ground cover or spreading an even layer of pebbles at the base. It will surely appreciate shade in the hot summer afternoons. 

Clematis usually divide into two groups — early bloomers, and late bloomers, and of the two we recommend the latter and its ‘Abundance’ variety.

They grow up to 12 feet long and enjoy climate zones from four to 11. Regular pruning of Clematis is hugely important to promote strong growth and bountiful flowering. 

Clematis’ beauty is unsurpassed given its’ flowering presence in the garden, diversity of flower shapes and sizes, wide array of colors, and incredible hardiness.


When you think about what to do with that ugly fence, don’t immediately resort to taking it down. All it often takes is a bit of that natural touch. Here’s what we coverwd in this article:

  • You can plant English ivy, as it will thrive in the shades as well, that would come from the fence 
  • It is an amazing option to plant some flowering morning glory flowers, which would thrive as they bloom.
  • When you consider options like the chocolate vine, or the climbing roses, they would be attracting the people passing by your fence.

Whether you opt for a beautiful clematis, lovely smelling chocolate vine, or a sturdy hicks yew, we’re sure these landscaping ideas have something to raise your curb appeal and bring that fence to its full glory! 

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