What is the Best Fence for My Garden?

Garden fencing has to both be practical and look great in the garden. And not just any garden – it has to be right for your own particular plot.

Most fences are used for screening - they might be hiding an ugly view, obscuring the neighbours, or acting as a barrier to unwanted attention, but this is not always the main motivating factor when choosing a fence panel.

There are a huge variety of panels on the market, so let us guide you through the most popular types and whether they are likely to meet your own requirements.

Different Styles of Fence Panel and When to Use Them

Forest 6x5 Closeboard Fence Panel

Closeboard Garden Fencing  

Closeboard fencing is the best for screening and, therefore, privacy, as it blocks, rather than filters, light.

When positioned carefully and treated with stain or paint, closeboard fencing can either blend in with or become a standout feature of a garden.

Forest 6x6 Lap Fence Panel

Overlapping Panels

Overlapping slats on panels allow water to run effortlessly down the fence and, when installed correctly, will last for years with minimal maintenance.

5'11 x 5'11 Pressure Treated Contemporary Slatted Fence Panel

Slatted Panels

Fence panels with slats or louvres are superb at breaking, but not completely blocking, a view.

They filter both light and winds, making them perfect for a boundary between gardens (but only if your neighbour's garden is worth looking at).

On the subject of light, this is an important consideration when putting up a fence.

You can create areas of shade in what was otherwise a sunny garden, whether deliberately or accidentally, so always bear in mind whether affected plants will be able to cope with less sunlight.

Forest 150 x 2400mm Featheredge Boards Pack of 6

Fencing with Cross (Arris) Rails

Security is often an important factor when choosing a fence panel.

Arris rails on the reverse of panels can create a ladder-like structure for would be intruders.

Therefore, it's best to ensure any rails are on the inside when you put the fence up.

5'11 x 5'11 Forest Paloma Decorative Fence Panel 1.8m High

Decorative Fence Panels and Toppers

Decorative panels can be stand-alone or added to existing panels.

Decorative is the key word, with soldier straight lines or undulating curves each adding to your garden's design.

Remember to keep an eye (and tape measure) on how high your fence becomes with the addition of any trellis toppers.

Once you start getting near 1.8m, you may need to check out local planning regulations.

It's also a great idea to chat to any neighbours who may be affected by your fencing handiwork.

We hope this has helped you decide what type of fence panel you should buy. Of course, you're in exactly the right place to purchase your new garden fence; simply click here to view our fantastic range of fencing.