What Flowers Work Best with a Fence?

White Picket Fence With Bougainvilla

A fence can be the perfect addition to a house. It creates the diameters of a space, can keep children and animals within a safe distance, and can even add a certain charm to a home. While a fence is a great addition to a home, sometimes the work of painting them and actually keeping up with them can create a toll. 

Plants or flowers can add natural beauty to the fence while creating a family-friendly activity that teaches children about growth and can help nourish even the oldest minds to get out in the sun and be active. 

Read below to learn some plants that would work great on fences from places that have a lot of sun to ones that are more of the shady type. 


First on the list is bougainvillea, which is a beautiful, vibrant flower that prefers full sun and can bloom on and off throughout the year. This plant has vines that can easily grow through and under the fence making it perfect to help naturally decorate your fence. It has needles which would make it a little hard to cut and can grow up to forty feet tall (while most stay within a range of ten to twenty feet). This flower is also not invasive, which means it can be kept in a small area or get along well with other plants. The flower comes in purple, pink, orange, yellow, and white, although it is most commonly found in magenta. Most of these flowers bloom during summer or spring while some bloom year round. 

The beauty of having a garden around or even through your fence is the variety of colors and different types of flowers that can bloom all year round. The next flowers similar to bougainvillea are not invasive and can work amazingly together as a tag team. There is a reason landscape designers love these.

Black Eyed Susan

This flower can grow up to 8 feet tall (although only certain varieties make it to that height) and loves full sun on the flower, but not at the roots which is why this plant is usually potted. This flower looks like the mini versions of a sunflower and can bloom year-round although they are more likely to bloom during the spring or summer. Another flower that would make a great complement to the Black Eyed Susan vine is the Moon Flower which grows to around six feet tall(although in some cases can grow to between ten and fifteen feet tall).

Moon Flower

The moon flower also likes full sun and can be planted nearby the black-eyed susan vine to help with its roots. Moon flowers also need help with standing so having a fence to grow with will be helpful to pointing the plant in the right direction. These two flowers can also be interchanged and work to grow close by each other if not together. The white of the moon flower and the yellow and black of the Black Eyed Susan can be used to accent the color of the fence or even to show off a more rustic feel. 

If you are looking for flowers to grow around the fence instead of through it, some of these might be worth a look. These flowers will provide your garden with a pop of color and can make your fence look good during every season. 


The angelonia flower is a beautiful flower that grows up to 18 inches tall. This flower smells like apples and if needed can be planted outside or inside (if you want a natural Febreeze in the house). The angelonia flower is a little more tricky to care for then the other flowers on the list, because while it does prefer sun, it can be put into shady areas, on top of that what makes this plant the most complicated is its fertilizer intake. While the flowers will bloom around summer and the plant should be planted as close to spring as possible, its fertilizer can change the look of the plant from the blue and white of the flower to the green of its foliage. Meaning that the more fertilizer this flower takes in the more the foliage will show out rather than the blooms of the flower. Although, this might not be the worst possible idea taking into consideration that the flowers above would all bring great color to a fence or garden.

The other flowers would allow the angelonia flower to bloom or grow to its gorgeous buds or into some very nice vines. This flower, similar to a cactus, is very good at holding its water which means that it can fight off the sun really well without too much watering as long as it has the correct fertilizer. 


Another plant that would work better around the fence than through it can sometimes be seen as a shyer plant, since it is very particular about coming back year after year. Unlike the other plants on the list that could also grow into the fence, this plant would be best surrounding the fence and bringing a pop of color from the ground. The celosia flower is known to bloom in various different colors and shapes which makes it a beautiful flower that stands out amongst others, but it is also pretty hard to keep up with its picky nature. The flower works best in warmer climates and likes sun, but is not what can be considered an annual flower or even one that blooms throughout the year. When this flower blooms, it is there and ready to put on a show, but getting an encore is always hard and can find the gardener replanting these flowers for next year. So although beautiful, if you are not prepared to possibly have to buy more flowers, then this unique beauty should be low on the list.

Altogether these flowers can make a beautiful arrangement inside and around any fence. The tall stretch of the bouganville, Black Eyed Susan, and Moon Flower would be a delight in any season. While the tag team of the angelonia and celosia flower could create a wonderful view that can be seen all around the house. No matter the flower, the combination of plants and a fence can create a house that becomes a protected and peaceful home.

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