On The Fence


I always think of my fence as the “walls” of my garden. You decorate the walls inside your house so why not your fence!  Especially if you have nothing growing against/in front it. I recently  added a metal chicken ($5 on clearance at TJX) to my fence “art” collection.  So I thought this was a good time to show you a bit of what I have on the inside  of my privacy fence.

I spray painted it with some  Rustoleum paint because it was just a dark grayish metal before. Love that color! That’s a blackberry vine from the other side of the fence poking through.

Many of you know that I use plates a lot in my garden. These have been hanging there for about 7 or 8 years.

I recently lost one (the only one ever!) during a storm but found this plaque in my garage and thought it was appropriate since it hangs next to the gate.

I’m going to add a few more plates around the chair as I find them.  Won’t that be cute!

All that greenery is a beautiful yellow Lady Banks rose. It blooms in spring and looks really gorgeous growing around the plates and through the iron planters.

Moving to the inside of the vegetable garden. . . .

This planter holds some gardening items. Last year I had it “planted” with thrift store plates. It’s a handy place for little garden tools that I use and some pots.

I’ve picked up various garden signs over the years. I always see them at the thrift store.

A star by the strawberry bed.

Now my whole backyard isn’t like this. Just in some spots. I know this isn’t for everyone’s yard and I probably wouldn’t do this use this much decoration on the outside of my fence. But my backyard is more cottagey and whimsical than the front so it fits in just fine. Besides it’s fun and gives me something to look at when there’s nothing growing! Try using some outdoor art to decorate your privacy fence.

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  1. says

    One of my favorite things about your decorating style is the way you bring the inside concept OUT. It’s really enchanting to me. I love the things you hang on your fence walls.

  2. says

    This is so fun! Loving that green chicken! We have a white PVC fence so hanging things on it aren’t an option and I hate it! I guess I will just have to live vicariously through you, :)


    • admin says

      Really, you can’t get a nail through that fencing? Well I guess I’d do what Kathy does and put things on stakes.

  3. says

    I’ve got evergreens growing along the fence lines in my yard, Manuela. I wind up using things on stakes or a baker’s rack on my patio to add some decorative elements and keep things off the ground a bit. I like seeing things at eye level in a yard.

  4. says

    I think everything is so inviting. You and Brenda at Cozy Little House have a knack for decorating your homes, inside and out. If I put plates outside, they would be grimy and dirty in no time. We have dust blowing just about every day. Can’t even keep the inside clean most of the time. :/ Have a terrific Tuesday. Tammy

  5. says

    I love a little whimsy in the garden too.
    It takes your mind of the heat when everything is burned up—

    love your backyard, Pat

  6. says

    I love it! I have a planter on the fence in the part of the back yard that gets zero sun in the summer — I think I’ll use your idea of thrift store plates to give it some color back there. (you’d never guess from the photos how hot I know it must be! — and here we have the strange situation of drought, yet being above normal in rainfall, as our rain keeps coming in 2 inch gullywashers).

  7. says

    I love the look! Inspired by you, I added a plate holder to my deck when I decided not to use it inside, anymore. I did have two china plates on it but I found two very cute plastic plates at Tuesday Morning last year. I think they are the same Americana patter you have (they only had two… sigh).

    It has been so rainy here, I haven’t even brought out the deck tables. When I do, I will take a picture for the blog.

    I learn so much from you. I’m really creative in the kitchen but not so much elsewhere. :)

  8. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says

    I love the whimsical look of your back garden Manuela. I love the plates on the fence especially.

  9. says

    Creative genious. I sometimes forget to buy things when the color isn’t quite right! Hope you are having a great day! Thanks for the tour of your backyard! HUGS!

  10. says

    So cozy and fun! I know that you love spending time in your gardens as your personality just exudes all around! Your garden looks great btw!

  11. says

    I think your garden art is great! Isn’t it amazing that you’ve only ever lost one plate. People often ask me if I have trouble with the accessories that I keep on the porch. The answer is no–they get dirty, so sometimes I have to clean them, but otherwise they do just fine outdoors!

    Honestly, though, Manuela, I am AMAZED that you are able to garden in Hotlanta. I’m terrible about being out in the heat. I don’t think I was ever good at it, but the older I get, the more I dislike it! Do you have any tricks for staying cool?

    • admin says

      LOL! No I don’t have any tricks. I go out in the morning and stay out until somebody comes and gets me around 12-1pm. I have water outside with me, I wear a hat and plenty of sunblock. I take breaks and sit in the shade or go inside to cool off for a few minutes and then go back out. I guess I just get in the zone and the heat doesn’t bother me so much when I’m out in the garden. Now if I’m in a store or restaurant that’s hot…that’s another story. I’m very sensitive to heat – inside not outside :)

  12. Felice says

    Love these ideas. I’ve never even considered decorating the fence. I mean why not, it is apart of the back yard. Make it functional and pretty! Or, give a theme for outside parties like July 4th or even Halloween or New Years!

  13. says

    Your garden walls look just darling! I love them. That garden does look like a cottage garden, I love the whimsical touches.
    Hugs, Cindy

  14. says

    You are very creative in making privacy walls interesting. I love the idea of hanging plates on the wall for interest. Things are looking great in your garden!

  15. says

    I do agree and love what you have done with your fence. We are just starting to get our fence up and I can’t wait to start hanging cute things on it.

  16. says

    I love the fact that you decorate in the garden. We’ve just started adding some small metal sculptures to our garden, as my hubby is a big fan of metal art in general and it’s too sharp and “pointy” to keep in the house!

  17. says

    Oh, I love it! I missed out on a big red star like your yellow one at a garage sale a couple weeks ago and was so heartbroken. I had planned to put it on my inside fence as well where I have lots of bird houses. I’d like to put up some old signs any maybe an old windmill blade. Love your sign and rooster!

  18. says

    I do not have fencing (I have trees) but it is a smart and charming idea to do something with it. A great way to add color xoxo Clarice

  19. Terri aka PennyAnnPoundwise says

    I recognize that beautiful shade of green on the Rooster. My glider is the exact same color, lol. I moved the glider onto the deck this past week (after the second storm tossed it around the backyard last Friday right after painting , oy) and love love love the color against the light blue siding. I’ve been peeking at everything on the deck this week trying to decide where else I can use more of that color…

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