3 Easy Ways to Add Function to Your Privacy Fence

Sure, it keeps nosy neighbors at bay, but your privacy fence yearns to be so much more. Think of it as a blank canvas in your backyard. From ambient lighting to planting herbs, you'll be surprised at all the ways you can put your fence to work

Add a Vertical Garden

A lack of space shouldn't hold you back when it comes to creating the herb garden of your dreams. Vertical planters come in all shapes and sizes, so don't limit yourself to just pots.

No Yard Required

Generous-sized baskets hung from fence posts can soften your outdoor spaces, not to mention break up a large expanse of weathered wood fence. They're also easy to take down and change out seasonally.

Easy Does It

If you're all about a low-maintenance outdoor space, you'll love wire pot holders. They're sized for standard terra-cotta pots, so you can simply pop in your favorite greenery and enjoy the scenery.

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Set Up a Gardening Station

Whether you have a green thumb or you're just getting into gardening, it's a lot easier when you have a space to play. Ready-made crates make great storage that feels right at home in your backyard. If the fenced area isn't protected from the elements, prime them, then give the crates a couple of coats of latex paint. And if you like the natural look, just spray them with a high-quality polyurethane so they'll hold up better outdoors.

Customization is Key

The beauty of making your own potting bench is that you can customize it to your liking. Love having loads of shelves for all your gardening gear? You got it! Want more work surface to spread out your stuff? No problem. You can even tailor it to the perfect height.

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Metal Additions

With the right hardware, you can hang some fairly heavy decor on a wood fence with ease. Go with galvanized wood or decking screws, and make sure your iron or metal decor is painted with a rust-proof finish for a look that lasts.

Add Party Lights

Colorful glass jars suspended from the fence can cast a gorgeous glow throughout your landscape, not to mention make dark, underutilized areas more inviting. Pop in citronella candles to deter uninvited guests.

Curtains of Light

Those awesome curtains of string lights aren't just for the holidays. Suspending them from a fence can be a dramatic design element and brighten up those late-night gatherings with little effort.

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