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 wires to help, or you could add supports and grow plants near to the fence but not actually up them. Sweet peas work well for this and so do taller shrubs and bushes. Planting up close to the fence gives a lovely soft look, but still provides clearly defined boundaries. It works well with terraced rows, matching the neat, uniform appearance. A trellis is a lovely romantic option, and if your garden is small or dark, it’s a good way of letting light in. They also work well if you have boundaries defined but would like to add some height – attached to low walls, for example. The rambling nature of climbers gives a naturally soft, fluid effect. A trellis is a great way to create a single frame for a garden that has lots of boundaries and could seem a bit disjointed or oddly shaped, as you can encourage an almost circular sweep around your property. There are lots of trellis designs to choose from, from a very open style to a tighter lattice – which you go for may well depend on how well you get on with your neighbours!