Fence or hedge? Gardening experts share advice on which to choose for your home

A grey fence and planted hedge boundary
(Image credit: Tracy Foster)

Whether you ultimately choose a fence or hedge, your garden should have a well-maintained, clearly defined boundary, for security and aesthetic reasons.

There are pros and cons to each, but ultimately fences and hedges are both extremely suitable options for screening off your backyard. Garden fence ideas are an instant fix with a huge range of styles. Whereas hedges take a little time to establish but are glorious for wildlife.

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Jilayne Rickards

A practising garden designer of over 20 years. Jilayne has won gold at Chelsea as well as multiple BALI awards.

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Tracy Foster

Tracy has over 20 years experience in the field of garden design. Her training has included a degree in Plant Biology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne as well as a Diploma in Garden Design from the Institute of Garden Design

Teresa Conway
Deputy editor on Homebuilding & Renovating

Teresa was part of a team that launched Easy Gardens in 2018 and worked as the Editor on this magazine. She has extensive experience writing and editing content on gardens and landscaping on brands such as Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors and Living Etc magazine. She has developed close working relationships with top landscape architects and leading industry experts, and has been exposed to an array of rich content and expertise.

In 2020 Teresa bought her first home. She and her partner worked alongside architects and builders to transform the downstairs area of her two bedroom Victorian house in north London into a usable space for her family. Along the way she learned the stresses, woes and joys of home renovation, and is now looking to her next project, landscaping the back garden.