7 Small Garden Fencing Ideas For A Gorgeous Backyard


A fence is one of the key elements of every garden, and it can make a first impression very easily. For this reason, it’s time to take a look at 7 small garden fencing ideas that would change your backyard’s look. 

When it comes to smaller gardens, it’s a bit more difficult to choose the right fence. There are several things to consider, if you want to it match your garden perfectly.  

Let me start by giving you a few tips on how to choose the right fence.


3 Tips For Fencing A Small Garden

1. Check how much space you have

Small gardens tend to have very little space between the area where plants grow and the fence itself. In this case, make sure this space is large enough to let you pass.

A great tip to make the garden look more spacious is to keep this space at a minimum. What do I mean by this? Choose a narrow space and then make sure you have enough room to cross it. If you do, it’s perfect. If not, measure a few extra inches and try again.

Though this sounds a bit complicated, it’s in fact pretty easy. The result will definitely impress you, as it will make your small garden look much more spacious.


2. Choose A Creative Fence

Small garden fencing ideasIf you’re wondering what I mean by “creative fence”, it’s pretty simple.

Well, it’s exactly the opposite of regular fences made of boring boards. Creative fences can be decorated with plants, bushes or any other greenery. Just take a look at this image and you will understand. 

A simple fence, covered by tall plants that rinse above seems both uncommon and beautiful. However, doesn’t it also look extremely creative?

Tall plants make your garden look much bigger, thanks to the height the add to it. Using tall plants on the fence is a great tip for a small garden, because it makes it taller and larger.


3. Consider planting a Columnar tree

Have you ever heard of Columnar trees? Well, if the answer is not, you should.

These plants are highly recommended for smaller garden. They are that kind of trees that grow tall and slim, as much as you can call a tree slim. For this reason, they have has a great effect on your garden’s appearance. The space becomes larger or at least it gives this impression.

The good news is that you can find Columnar trees in most shops. Besides, they grow easily so they don’t need any special care.

In fact, another advantage is that they don’t grow extremely tall. They can reach 10 feet at most, which isn’t really huge. Otherwise, they would have been too large for such a garden. But as things are, Columnar trees are just perfect for a small space. 


3 Types Of Fences For Small Gardens

Although most of us only think about one kind of garden fence, there are many more options. You may be familiar with most popular ones, but let’s take a look at the other less-famous possibilities.

1. Picket fences 

Small garden fencing ideasIf there’s something I love about picket fences, it’s simplicity and nice look. That’s what makes them the most popular choice, in every part of the US. Besides, picket fences are extremely affordable and they come in very low prices. 

Moreover, a small fence would suit a small garden better than anything. It would be really awkward to have a tall, thick fence around a small garden. It would make it look even smaller than it is, but also crowded and weird.

However, a picket fence would be the perfect choice. It will also 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

Small garden fencing ideas

Here’s another type of fence that I personally love. If you never heard of a Trellis fence, just take a look at the right photo and you will understand what it is.

Because of their see-through design, Trellis fences can make the place look more attractive. They’re simply making you wonder what’s one the other side. As we are talking about a garden, it’s even better.

In this case, a small garden doesn’t need a really tall trellis fence. As there are several types, I would recommend going for a lower one, which is absolutely perfect for small spaces.

It manages to enlarge the space, and this is exactly what your small garden needs. 


3. Decorative fences 

Though I’m not a personal fan of decorative fences, they remain a good choice is some cases.

Small garden fencing ideasA decorative fence is very small, and as you already noticed from its name, it has a mainly decorative purpose. So it’s not that kind of fence you would choose for protection. From this point of view, you can’t really count on it.

That’s why, if you need a fence that is purely decorative, this one would be the best choice. The fence from my photo is really small, but you don’t have to choose one of this size. Fortunately, there are hundreds of alternatives of every size.

Besides, this fence exists in different patterns and fabrics. The even better thing is that the prices are quite good, so you shouldn’t worry about this. Just select what you want and you’re ready.

I generally recommend them to people whose garden isn’t close to the street. Also, if you have a vegetables garden, decorative fences are perfect. 


Small garden fencing ideas

If you want some real sources of inspiration, here they are.


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.


My Final Thoughts

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. 


So what kind of fence are you going to choose for your small garden? Let me know your answer in a comment and I will reach out to you. 

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16 Responses

  1. 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. 😀

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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 🙂

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

  6. 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 😛

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

  7. 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. 🙂

  8. 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 🙂

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