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A Planted Fence

A clever idea to make the most of a small garden space

Today we’re visiting Johanna Dominguez, who has another wonderful garden in Buffalo, New York.

These photos are from last year, the second year since the garden has been established. I like to focus on a combination of edibles and native species. As a lifelong nature enthusiast and multigenerational farmer, I believe it’s important to both provide habitat and grow my own food.

I custom-built the planted fence and switch it out with annuals every year. I try to do something different every year. It is a little bit tricky because it doesn’t get much direct sun at all. The water feature is also custom-built out of elements found when excavating the previous garden.

The fence welcomes you to the garden with a special greeting for fans of The Lord of the Rings.

On the inside of the custom-built planted fence, annuals bring lots of color, mostly from sweet potato vines (Ipomoea batatas, Zones 9–11 or as annual).

A closer view of the planted fence. What a great idea to make the most out of a small garden space!

Moving on into the garden, the plantings lean heavily on native plants.

white swamp milkweedColorful perennials, using mostly natives such as yarrow (Achillea) and white swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata, Zones 3–9).

An airy mixture of mostly perennial plants for an informal garden planting.

heucheraDramatic color for shade from a heuchera (probably the cultivar ‘Caramel’, Zones 4–8).


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    meander_michaele 05/07/2020

    What a colorful oasis you have crated, Johanna, not only for yourself and neighboring humans but also for the butterflies and bees that must seek out sustenance at your place. Love your creativity in creating your living wall. Has to be fun to think about your planting scheme during those cold buffalo winter months. Great job.

  2. sagebird52 05/07/2020

    Wonderful original and colorful. Native garden beautiful and great for bees. Love it

  3. nwphillygardener 05/07/2020

    Nice innovative design for that fence which surely does add lots lushness that a conventional one cannot offer. Next photos set, would love to see the edibles mentioned.

  4. coastalgardener 05/07/2020

    Wow, a planted fence! What a creative idea, and it's beautiful as well. I love all of the color combinations and the mix of textures. A wonderful garden indeed!

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    treasuresmom 05/07/2020

    Oh, my. This is so innovative! Love it all.

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    simplesue 05/07/2020

    I love a private gated garden, and a garden given a name "Valinor"- nice use of that intimate space. Nice "airy mixture of mostly perennial plants", all growing together. The flagstone patio is perfect there.

  7. Sunshine111 05/07/2020

    Your garden is lovely, and your taste superb! I have the same metal tree (The one in the photo on the left) hanging over my bed.

  8. Musette1 05/07/2020

    I love this combination of open airiness and privacy - difficult to get the balance right but you've done it to perfection, here!

  9. btucker9675 05/07/2020

    Love, love, love!! We will be building "walls" around our pool pump equipment and I am stealing your planted fence idea! What a terrific garden.

  10. Cenepk10 05/07/2020

    You folks in Buffalo are so clever ! Love it

  11. sheila_schultz 05/07/2020

    Your tiny backyard is simply splendid. The fence with planters is an exceptional design, especially with the bold colors of the plantings... I'm guessing it might be copied more than once! It's all beautiful and will certainly give ideas to those with tiny spaces!

  12. perenniallycrazy 06/30/2020

    Amazing design, color and ingenuity Johanna! Love it all.

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