The old expression still rings true, but it’s only half the story. A fence is not strictly a perimeter that surrounds a property or divides one back yard from another. This may be true in tight spaces where separation or buffering is not possible with planting making a fence the only option. ┬áThe full story is that in creative landscape design, fences play a more diverse role. They can create a dramatic backdrop for plantings or provide a structure for plants to climb on. Used in this way, the fence becomes a “Vertical Garden” which can be used in areas where a traditional garden is not possible. Fences are often used to keep children and pets safe, but they are a perfect example of a functional element that can become fashionable through good design. Here in Maine, we can have Mother Nature play a role in the usefulness of a fence. It can become barely visible in some seasons or a highlighted design element in others. Fencing can be constructed to compliment any design theme or home improvement trend. Pergolas, arbors, and trellises also provide artistic and functional elements to your yard or garden. These garden structures accent entrances,...