Cottage Garden Style In The City: Three Types Of Fencing For An Urban Setting

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Living in the city doesn't mean you have to have a boring yard with plain grass, ordinary shrubs and a standard shade tree. Instead, cottage garden style landscaping will bring bursts of blooming color and sweet serenity to your property. Yes, cottage gardens are inspired by the English countryside and villages with cobblestone streets. But you can adapt the style for an urban setting to enjoy the informal beauty of flowers, foliage and a handsome fence to surround it all. The fence, itself, is a key component for a cottage garden. Originally necessary to define boundaries and keep out wandering livestock, fences also became the lovely backdrops for flower borders and shrubbery. While you probably don't need protection from livestock on your city plot, these three types of fencing are smart options for boundaries and beauty in your own cottage garden landscape.

Classic Picket Fence

White picket fences are the traditional way to enclose an old-fashioned cottage garden. In a city setting, a better option is vinyl picket fencing with features that include:

  • Low Maintenance. Unlike wood fencing, vinyl doesn't have to be repainted regularly to maintain its tidy appearance. If necessary, it can be cleaned with a garden hose and spray nozzle.
  • Longevity. Vinyl won't rot, warp or deteriorate like a wood fence. In a city environment, you can expect the fence to last for many years before you need to consider replacement.
  • Ease of Installation: Picket fencing is available in panels. Instead of the time it takes to hammer individual pickets to the beams between posts, your contractor can install the fence in complete sections, thus reducing labor costs.

Ornamental Metal Fence

The decorative appeal of a metal fence made of tall, sturdy posts and strong, slender metal pickets disguises how effective it is at blocking trespassers, yet you can still see through it so your garden will maintain a sense of spaciousness. In the spirit of cottage garden charm, add accents such as:

  • decorative tops on the pickets and posts
  • a metal garden gate with ornate scrolls and flourishes
  • an metal archway or trellis where flowering vines can climb and bloom, adding vertical dimension, fragrance and colorful blossoms to the view.

TIP: You can get fancy with the fence design by having brick, stamped concrete or stone pillars installed instead of posts to support the metal fencing. This option adds another layer of texture to your yard and can be coordinated with the hardscape surfaces of the pathways winding through the garden.

Color-Coated Chain-Link Fence

Although chain-link fences are a familiar sight in many city neighborhoods, you can enhance the visual appeal of the one around your cottage garden by having your contractor install the color-coated type. The woven mesh and posts look smooth and stately, and the coating protects the fence from rusting like ordinary chain-link fences. Design options include:

  • Color Selection. Choose green or brown for an enclosure that blends in with the shrubs and flowering plants that fill the wide borders around the inside perimeter of the garden. Go with black, instead, for a more visible boundary that is a complementary backdrop for colorful foliage and flowers.
  • Ornamental Fence Post Caps. These can match the fence color, or use metal caps in fancy shapes to add a whimsical accent to the design.
  • Decorative gate. A fancy wood gate painted to match the fence color puts a fine finishing touch on your garden's enclosure.

When the contractor has finished the fence installation, the framework of your cottage garden is complete. Now you're ready to fill it with a beautiful array of plants, pathways and decorative items to create your own private oasis for rest and relaxation in the city. For more advice, contact a fencing contractor like All Counties Fence and Supply.


19 July 2016

Exploring Contractor's Hand Tools

Welcome to my site, my name is Hugo Ciela. I'd like to talk to you about hand tools used by contractors of all kinds. Although air and power tools frequently make jobs easier, and sometimes even more enjoyable, hand tools have not lost their place in this industry. Many jobs cannot be completed without a hand tool or two due to their versatility and precision. Contractors of all types, ranging from roofers to foundation specialists, keep a plethora of hand tools in their worksite kit. I will discuss the types of hand tools you might see in those kits. I will also explore all of the different ways they can be used. Please stick around to learn more information about contractor's hand tools.