7 Small Garden Fencing Ideas For A Gorgeous Backyard


In this article I want to give you 7 small garden fencing ideas, that would make your backyard look absolutely fabulous.ย 

Small garden fencing ideasThey say a fence is like a frame, so how would a beautiful painting look without one? Not very good, I guess…

A fence is one of the key elements of every garden, simply because it is one of the first things you notice when entering it.ย It’s really important to choose your fence well, so that it suits your garden’s style and makes it look natural.

However, when it comes to smaller gardens, it’s a bit more difficult because there are several things to consider. For this reason, in this post I want to show you some small garden fencing ideas and give you some tips about how to fence a small garden properly, so that the fence you choose to be the best possible option for your beautiful garden.


Tips for fencing a small garden

  • Check how much space you have

Small gardens tend to have a very little portion between the area where plants grow and the area where the fence should be placed, so even for a small garden, make sure this portion is large enough to let you pass.

A great tip to make a small garden look more spacious would be to keep this portion to the minimum. What do I mean by this? That you should choose the smallest portion that is large enough for you to cross it.

Though this sounds a bit complicated, it’s not so at all, on the contrary, it’s a really simple tip that will give a more spacious sense to your garden.

  • A creative fence will draw the attention from the small space

Small garden fencing ideasI’m sure you agree with me here, but you’re probably wondering what exactly I mean by “creative fence”.

Well, it’s a nicely decorated fence, different of the boring, regular fences we see everywhere. For example, what would you say about a simple fence, covered by tall plants that rinse above it? Wouldn’t it seem uncommon, beautiful and also, extremely creative? I bet your answer is yes. ๐Ÿ˜€

But the most important thing these tall plants would do is to make your garden look much bigger, thanks to the height the add to it. Believe me, using tall plants on the fence is a great tip for a small garden.

  • Consider planting a Columnar tree

These varieties are highly recommended for smaller garden because they are that type of trees that grow tall and slim (if a tree can be slim ๐Ÿ˜› ). This feature they have has a great effect on your garden’s appearance, as it becomes larger, or at least it gives this impression.

Columnar trees aren’t very hard to get and they grow easily. In fact, another advantage is that they don’t grow extremely tall. If this happened, they might have seemed a bit too large and unsuitable for such a garden, but as they reach 10 feet at most, they’re just perfect.


Types of fences for small gardens

Although most of us have in mind just one major type of garden fence, there are many more options actually. It’s true that the most popular are probably the best for this case, it’s better to take a look at all the possibilities you have.

1. Picket fencesย 

Small garden fencing ideasThese are definitely the most common type of fences I’ve seen, probably because of their tidy aspect, simplicity and low price. In fact, a picket fence would go just fine in a small garden.

You probably agreeย that it would be really awkward to put a tall, thick fence in a small garden. The only thing it would do would be to make it look crowded and weird.

But a picket fence would be the perfect choice if you want to give the impression of a larger garden, thanks to its simple design and charming aspect. So if you want to stick to the classic, the picket fence is a great option.

2. Trellis fences

Trellis fences are a type that I totally love. It seems to me that having the ability to partially see through a fence makes the place more interesting and more attractive, so if we’re talking about a garden, it’s even better.

Small garden fencing ideasIn this case, for a small garden you don’t have to choose a really tall trellis fence. There are several types, including some lower ones, which are perfect for small spaces.

When it comes to me, I would choose a trellis fence for my garden, but that’s because I’m a bit obsessed with it, not necessarily because it’s the only one that looks good. However, it is one of the items that belong to the “Good fence types” category.

3. Decorative fencesย 

These would be recommended for people whose garden is somewhere in the backyard and it has no connection with the street. I say this to make sure there are no bad surprises.

Small garden fencing ideasA decorative fence is very small, and as you already noticed from its name, it has a mainly decorative purpose, it’s not something you can count on when it comes to protection.

That’s why, if you need a fence that is purely decorative, this one would be the best choice, as it’s probably the most beautiful garden fence, ideal for small spaces, like yours.

There are a lot of materials you can choose from, and the best thing is that the prices are quite good, so you shouldn’t worry about this. Just select what you want and you’re ready.


Small garden fencing ideas

As usual, in the end I will show you some real pictures of some small garden fences, which you can use as a source of inspiration or as an idea of what exactly you want. I will try to give you some explanations and tips under each photo, to make it easier for you to understand what’s good about it. So, here we go. ๐Ÿ˜€

Small garden fencing ideas

Here we have a beautiful decorative fence, that matches perfectly with a small garden. You can see the small shrubs, whose purpose is to give a sense of space. In case I didn’t say this before, remember that white is the most common color for decorative fences, simply because of the same reason, it gives a feeling of larger space, and eliminates the crowded atmosphere.

I’m sure this photo convinced you about the beauty of decorative fences and how well they fit to a small garden, so if you’re thinking about this type of fence, I think you’ve found a great choice.


Small garden fencing ideas

In this picture we have a gorgeous trellis fence, that looks amazing thanks to its natural aspect. I absolutely love the thing that plants can grow over and through the fence, it makes me think about a both domestic and wild decor.

You can see in the left the tall plant that was placed there in order to give a feeling of height, larger space, and it manages to do this, as you can see. So if you’ve a fan of wilderness and dream about transforming your garden into a small piece of forest, that’s the perfect fence for your small garden.


Small garden fencing ideas

In the end, we got to the most famous garden fence type, the picket one, and in this picture you can see the comfort and charming aspect it has. That’s exactly why it’s so common.

Though the garden from this picture is definitely not the most beautiful one I’ve seen in my life, the fence seems to come to life, thanks to this great style trick, placing a climbing plant with colorful flowers on it. In this way, it will definitely grab everyone’s attention and receive many compliments for that “beautiful” garden, which is indeed beautiful, if we think about it.

So if you like classic and you choose this picket fence, remember to add some colorful element, that will become the main focal point of your garden.



If you’re looking for some small garden fencing ideas, keep in mind some tips about it: the crossing space should be large enough, you might want to use a Columnar tree at one point and decorating your fence would make it a lot more interesting.

No matter if you choose a picket, trellis or decorative fence for your small garden, make sure it matches you garden decor and that it’s suitable for it. The rest if up to you. ๐Ÿ™‚


I really hope you liked my small garden fencing ideas and I’m really curious to hear some of your ideas about how to fence a small garden, so if you want, you can write a comment below. ๐Ÿ˜€

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16 Responses to 7 Small Garden Fencing Ideas For A Gorgeous Backyard

  1. Tony says:

    Great post, you seem to have covered a great selection of ideas for small gardens. Although another idea could be using low walls to create a modern small garden area, These work great in city gardens.
    You have provided a lot of information here to consider when planning a small garden fencing project.

    • Anne says:

      Hello Tony,

      Yeah, I didn’t really mention this idea, as I was thinking it’s pretty similar to the picket fence, but it’s definitely something to consider. I agree that it would great in a city garden.

      Thanks for your comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Chris says:

    I don’t have the space or my own property to make a garden, but I love doing it; especially vegetable gardening. I plan on creating one when I get my own place with a decent sized yard.

    Your discussion on fences gave me some ideas! I really like trellis fences because they look nice, and have functionality. They seem sturdy. Do you think I can grow cucumbers and melons with these?

    • Anne says:

      Hi Chris, trellis fences are probably the most popular choice in these days, when it comes to choosing a type of fence.

      I haven’t tried myself to grow vegetables in a garden that as a trellis fence, but I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t. A trellis fence isn’t made of wires, that could (just in theory) slightly damage the vegetables, so I think you have all the chances to grow these vegetables well with a trellis fence. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Scott says:

    Wow – I love the ideas.

    This means I get to go back to the drawing board as I know my wife is going to want something a little more decorative than “field wire” to stop the deer.

    It looks like a trellis fence to keep the wildlife out.

    Thanks for the ideas.

    • Anne says:

      Hi Scott

      Haha, yeah, the field wire is probably not the most beautiful fence you could get ๐Ÿ˜›

      Trellis fence could be a solution against animals, and it would definitely look prettier than a wire fence.

  4. Linda says:

    I really enjoyed your blog on small garden fencing ideas! Your pictures and images are so detailed and are so very nice. I don’t really have a garden, I just have a lot of plants surrounding my front porch. I think I could use the small decorative type fence. I do love the Trellis fences, they are so good looking and dressy. I might just have to create a new garden spot!
    With Kind Regards,

    • Anne says:

      Hey Linda, the Trellis fence would be a great choice for any garden, even if it’s just a smaller one, it looks charming and nice ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for visiting my blog, I’m happy you liked it.

  5. Travis Smithers says:

    You display some great ideas of just how important a fence can be with any garden design.

    Most people are aware or have seen the wooden picket fence or trellis, but you also bring to life a few other considerations with your photos as well.

    Great job of reminding me of the value of having some fencing as some part of the overall gardening design.

  6. Ilyssa says:

    I love these ideas and it is very timely as we are starting our garden at our new house. We are in the mountains so have concerns about wildlife getting into our vegetables. We definitely need fencing and I really like these attractive options. Thank you for sharing these ideas!

  7. Luke says:

    Now I know what my garden has been missing!
    I have a small garden out the front of my house and while I have some pretty colored flowers, it does spill over a bit and look messy.
    What small fence could I use that wouldn’t dominate the front of my house too much?
    A decorative one would be best.
    Thanks for the great ideas!

    • Anne says:

      Hi, you’re right, a decorative fence would be the best choice for you, especially if you don’t want a larger fence.

      Normally I would recommend picket fences for the front yard, but I guess a decorative one would be better for you, as you also have some flowers, and there’s no point hiding them behind a large fence.

      Thank you for reading my post and I really hope my answer was helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Odikro says:

    O wow! That is a very neat and informative post! I never thought of fencing as decorative. My only idea of the purpose fencing is to keep things in or to keep people out. But I learned something new today. The pics are well laid out and they speak for themselves

    • Anne says:

      Hey, thank you, I’m really happy you like it.
      Haha well, it seems that fences are also decorative not only for practical reason, though these are probably the most important ones for everyone.
      Thanks for reading my post. ๐Ÿ˜€

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