Fencing & Trellis

  1. In selecting the right fencing product for your garden, you should consider a few things first. Do you want total privacy above all else? Are you looking for something decorative? Where is your fencing going to be situated? For privacy Ripon and Shutter panels provide that all-important privacy for your garden in a simple and effective way, whilst also being nice to look at, especially with the right fence post caps to set off the look. Canterbury and Beverley panels with their diagonal slats provide a little more sophistication and elegance, whilst still providing full privacy in your garden. For decoration Windsor and Chatsworth styles create lower level fencing, perfect for decorative fencing, for example to mark the border of your front garden whilst still showing off your lawn and plants. A latched gate provides quaint charm for the bottom of your garden path. For both If you have a good relationship with the neighbours, York and Salisbury style panels are a litt

  2. Trends change as the seasons and years come and go, and this year we're seeing some exciting developments in our gardens... The 'grottage' A portmanteau of the words garden and cottage, the grottage is essentially a garage conversion turned into a much more pleasant habitable space that allows the indoors and outdoors to flow into one another. It’s a way of maximising disused garage storage space, and turning it into something beautiful and loved. They vary in style, with some that are smaller and with more of a sun house feel and others akin to a summer house with separate facilities – perfect for the Airbnb generation. One way to help your grottage feel much less garage-like is to combine the outdoors with the structure, perhaps by adding trellis panels along the side of the building and growing a variety of climbing plants. More colour in outside structures People are painting the structures in their garden – such as fencing or

  3. Fencing and trellises are the perfect way to define your boundaries, but with so many styles, it’s hard to know what to go for. Here are a few suggestions for how to beautifully frame your garden - and keep your neighbours on side too! The first thing to do is to take a look at your garden, and see where the boundaries are. You may have a perfectly rectangular garden, or you may have more of a higgledy piggledy garden with lots of adjoining properties – this is often the case with character properties where over time, land has been sold and developed. Then consider how overlooked you are, and whether there are any eyesores you would like to screen out – a neighbour’s garage, for example. Obviously a fence is a more solid option, and for screening out things you don’t want to see, they’re perfect. They are attractive on their own, but you have the option of planting climbers and training ramblers over them if you wish; you might want to screw in some eye hooks and wire

  4. A trellis is a beautiful addition to any garden, but it’s a job half done as you don’t want to leave it bare, even when it is beautifully finished in natural wood. It needs plant life to really blossom and you want a fast climber that will turn your trellis into a focal point for your whole garden. It’s up to you whether you opt for a simple wall mounted trellis or you go for broke and combine these stunning plants with a pagoda. Of course, you can also place these plants on your fencing, but trellis panels placed against the fence will give you a spectacular look as the plants can weave their way around the woodwork. Here are some of our favourites: 1. Solanum jasminoides Otherwise known as Chilean potato tree vine, this fast climber is evergreen, so it will bring colour to your garden all year long and won’t look too sorry for itself in the winter. In the summer, it comes alive with a riot of blue flowers and it also climbs with ease. So get it started on your

  5. As we discussed in our blog entry ‘The Joys of Garden Fencing’, there are many reasons you may wish to enclose your garden. You might want to increase your privacy or bolster your home security. Alternatively, you might simply wish to erect a barrier to prevent pets or young children running off. If you do wish to enclose your garden, you can use either conventional fencing panels or more unusual trellis panels. Both options have their own unique advantages, but which one is right for you? Conventional fencing panels tend to be much more solid than trellis panels. This means that they are more resilient and can give you a greater degree of privacy. Because fencing panels don’t feature any gaps, they are very effective at keeping both intruders and prying eyes out of your garden! They can also survive harsh weather conditions and other forms of damage more easily, due to their solidity and toughness. If you need a hard-wearing, long-term method of enclosing your garden (or if y

  6. Fencing is absolutely essential for any back garden. Firstly, it provides privacy and turns your garden into a refuge from the outside world. Everyone needs a little personal space and your garden is the perfect venue in which to create your own. Secondly, if you have any pets or small children, garden fencing can turn your garden into a safe space for them. Providing a barrier prevents them from straying too far and simultaneously ensures they can’t be seen by passers-by. In short, garden fencing is highly functional. However, it can also be incredible stylish. Just because it’s practical, doesn’t mean it has to be unadorned or insufficiently decorative. Here at Live Outside, we pride ourselves on the elegance and variety of our fence panels. Our Malvern panels have beautifully arched tops that give them a pleasantly quaint aesthetic. Meanwhile, our Salisbury panels and Durham panels are topped with flowing wooden wave-shapes, which are supported by an elegant criss-cross pat

  7. While your plants may have had an extra good run this year thanks to the mild autumn, now the cold weather has arrived, they will be dying back. That may leave your Liveoutside trellis fencing, no matter how stylish-looking, a bit bare in the winter. Now might be a good time to repaint, stain or refresh any panels that are starting to show their age, or add some topping or extra panels to make things look a bit more cheery. Don't just go for neutral or wooden tones, bright stains can really help add life to a garden and look gorgeous in the morning frost. You can also add some extras such as ornaments, winter lights, bird feeders and other accessories to make them stand out despite the lack of foliage. Other ideas include using artistic frames of various shades to create some stylish decor, or you can add bright ceramic or plastic plants to create some artificial cheer. If you want some real plants that can live through the cold season, then Winter Jasmine is a fine addition, and

  8. Giving your garden a makeover doesn't have to cost the earth and it doesn't have to take an awful amount of effort either. Small changes and tweaks here and there can go a long way to glamming up your garden.

  9. Very few of us are lucky enough to have a garden of such a size that we don’t share any boundaries with our neighbours! The chances are that you will have at least one boundary wall, and often an entryway too. The question is how to make these boundaries look attractive while clearly marking your property as separate to your neighbours - but there is a wealth of choice available.

  10. Do you use your garden as an extension of the house, as an additional room for entertaining, relaxing and even working during the lovely sunny months? So many of us aspire to outdoor living during the summer, but the blank canvas of a garden – so often a large expanse of lawn – can be difficult to see as a workable space. Careful use of trellis panels, gazebos, arches and arbours can create a garden that isn’t just an extra space, but a series of spaces that can be used for different purposes throughout the summer and beyond.