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Hide a Chain-link Fence: 4 Regional Garden Plans

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Disguise a chain-link fence with landscaping. Four garden plans offer solutions for Northwest, North-Central, Southeast, and Desert Southwest yards.

4 regional plans together

Add the pretty to the practical. These landscape plans use an attractive mix of plants to hide a chain-link fence — and make a garden out of a utilitarian space. Intended for a sunny, well-drained site, each bed is shown in spring but will look good throughout the growing season.

Good to Know: Save time and money by planting your fence garden in stages. Plant one section this year, lengthening the bed gradually over time. Simply repeat the same plants that are shown here.


This garden features upright holly flanked by trellis-grown clematis vines. Dwarf pieris shrubs are planted in the foreground where their variegated evergreen foliage stands out against the dark green column of holly. Spiky foxgloves, tulips, crocus, and hellebores provide spring blooms from February until June. Rhododendrons offer a splash of color in March, and dwarf Alberta spruce provide year-round structure.

northwest plan
  1. Viburnum (Viburnum tinus ‘Spring Bouquet’), Zones 8–10
  2. Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), Zones 4–8
  3. Dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’), Zones 2–6
  4. Hellebore (Helleborus spp.), Zones 5–9
  5. Coralbells (Heuchera micrantha), Zones 3–8
  6. Tulips (Tulipa spp.), Zones 4–8 or annual
  7. Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis), Zones 4–7
  8. Clematis (Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’), Zones 4–11
  9. Primrose (Primula spp.), Zones 4–8
  10. Pieris (Pieris japonica ‘Variegata’), Zones 6–8
  11. Japanese holly (Ilex crenata ‘Sky Pencil’), Zones 5–7
  12. Crocus, Zones 3–8


This border garden for the Northeast and Midwest regions highlights a range of woody plants and colorful flowers. The upright juniper and arborvitae bring height and presence. Their blue-green and golden-green foliage are an eye-pleasing departure from standard green. As for flowers, lilac, ninebark, and foxglove bloom in late spring, while shrub roses, larkspur, sweet alyssum, and petunias keep going all season.

north-central plan
  1. Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima), annual
  2. Knock Out shrub rose (Rosa spp.), Zones 4–9
  3. Korean lilac (Syringa meyeri), Zones 4–7
  4. Skyrocket juniper (Juniperus scopulorum), Zones 3–7
  5. Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), Zones 4–8
  6. Purple ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius), Zones 3–7
  7. Blue Star juniper (Juniperus squamata), Zones 4–9
  8. Petunia, annual
  9. Larkspur (Consolida ajacis), annual
  10. Yellow Ribbon arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), Zones 3–7


This bed offers presence from a distance. Its curved shape visually balances the linear fence. Grasses and shrubs have enough size to call attention from a distance but won’t require much maintenance. Perennial vines and bedding flowers bring seasonal color, as do drought-tolerant annuals in hanging pots.

southeast plan
  1. Japanese aralia (Fatsia japonica), Zones 8–10
  2. Zebra grass (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Zebrinus’), Zones 5–9
  3. Chinese juniper (Juniperus chinensis ‘Hetzii Glauca’, Zones 3–9
  4. Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens), Zones 7–9
  5. Cottage pink (Dianthus plumarius), Zones 5–8
  6. Rose moss (Portulaca grandiflora), annual


Dry conditions won’t stop these desert natives from showing off. Multiple layers of plantings provide enclosure and privacy. Crossvine delivers trumpet-shaped orange blooms in spring, complemented by the yellow flowers of lantana. Mexican blue palm and hop bush add subtle differences in color and texture. A potted agave and several Indian fig cacti bring architectural interest.

southwest plan
  1. Hop bush (Dodonaea viscosa), Zones 12–15
  2. Sagebrush (Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’), Zones 7–9
  3. Lantana (Lantana x ‘New Gold’), Zones 10–11
  4. Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata ‘Tangerine Beauty’), Zones 6–9
  5. Indian fig (Opuntia ficus-indica), Zones 11–12
  6. Easter egg bush (Eremophila maculata ‘Yellow’), Zones 10–15
  7. Mexican blue palm (Brahea armata), Zones 11–12
  8. Agave (Agave parryi truncata), Zones 9–11