The Q&A Archives: How to make a natural fence line

Question: I have a home that has a beautiful view from the back deck. The only eye sore is a neigbors barbed wire fence needed to keep their horses contained. I would like to plant something that would grow appoximately 5-6' so as not to block the natural beauty of the outlying landscape, but cover the unattractive fencing. We have deer that run wild, as well. Is there anything you could recommend that would grow natural and solve this quandry? Thank you.

Answer: Deer will eat so many different plants, it is difficult to suggest a "deer proof" selection, in part because deer in different areas will eat different plants and also learn to eat new plants over time. You might try one of the dwarf lilacs such as Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' or Syringa pubescens subsp. patula 'Miss Kim' or possibly a smaller growing forsythia such as Forsythia x intermedia 'Fiesta' Plant Patent No. 7523. Your local county extension and/or professional nursery staff may have different suggestions based on a more detailed understanding of the growing conditions along the fence as well as your overall design goals.

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