A while ago, one of our teammates was taking a walk in his neighborhood. He was, as do all Taylor Fencing teammates, initially keeping a keen eye on the fences that he saw. He looked at style, he looked at quality, and he carefully analyzed the different materials that the fences were built with. Whether we like it or not, these types of gut checks are now built into our DNA. That’s what happens when you’ve been in the business as long as we have – the business of sourcing, designing and installing the best fencing solutions around for our area. It started with the basics, and with a family mentality and business model. It continued by ensuring that we began to see our customers as our community, and it will only move onward and upward with the evolution of our products and the enhanced offerings that we have. One of our favourite offerings isn’t even found in our warehouses. It’s right here – our blog! We think of it like our journal or an encyclopedia (the entries aren’t that long, we promise). We share the stories that mean the most to us, and the information that we hope will mean the most to you.
In that spirit, let’s revisit our aforementioned teammate and his neighborhood walk. As he noticed all of the fences, he was quickly reminded of the many reasons why we install and the benefits that come with a premium fence installation. Safety is a big one, aesthetics is another. When you combine both, you come up with the perfect backdrop to really beautiful gardens. You keep your landscaping safe and secure and when you choose the right fence, you only enhance the beauty that mother nature has provided. This is a great reminder that though the priority of this blog is fence-specific, we often need to step back and take a look at bigger pictures. What better time to start than now, and what better topic as we head into the fall, than the best plants and flowers for your fence to protect. Read on for more information:
Chrysanthemums are a very popular choice. They come in a spectrum of vibrant shades, including yellow, peach, white, red or orange. You can also find them in a myriad of styles, so it doesn’t matter if you want them to be the star of the show or a secondary character in your scheme. Chrysanthemums can be planted in many different types of soil and require minimum maintenance. They also work well in pots on your verandah or tables in your backyard.
Pansies are often commonly seen and enhance any style of property. They flourish the best in cold weather and are available in even more colours than chrysanthemums. They grow in what experts refer to as “tiny mounds” but also work well in hanging baskets or groundcovers, especially newer varieties that trail. Here’s the greatest bonus here – if you plant them in advance of autumn weather, the chances are good that they’ll return and be just as beautiful when spring rolls back around.
Next up, we have the Croton. No, it’s not something that you mix in with your salad, it’s the ideal plant for colder weather and cooler temperate zones. In fact, it will even flourish in areas that see mild amounts of frost. It’s not specific to only cold weather however; it will still grow and change all year-round. Crotons are a great complement to other flowers and shrubs, with rich jewel-tone shades like purple and red.
The Aster is a bit of a myth buster. Most of the time when you see it, you assume that it’s symbolic of Easter. While it is a beautiful flower to help you celebrate, it’s still a possible option for your landscaping annually. Many of the flowers that we’ve touched on so far really look at yellow, orange, red and purple tones. Asters are mostly a little bit more pastel – offered in shades of pink, white, purple and blue. As you’ve probably noticed, we like to find the bonuses. In this case, you can take care of hungry bees and attract butterflies throughout autumn.
Sweet Alyssum looks as sweet as its name and smells even better. It’s famous for its unique fragrance. It’s a beautiful way to create a carpet of colour, but you can also plant it in containers. As long as the weather in your area is more on the mild side, these will make it through even the coldest months just fine and be ready to contribute to a pallet of colour when the warmer months come back around.
This next beautiful flower may sound more like a vegetable, and that’s for good reason. It’s both! We’re talking about the Ornamental Pepper. That being said, we think that it’s even prettier to look at than it would be in an autumn salad. The different types have names that are just as fun – like the black pearl and the chilly chilli – and come in every size and shape that you can imagine.
We’ve heard about the lazy Susan, (the best way to maximize any dining experience!), but this article is more about the Black-Eyed Susan. These flowers are dramatic, and they are bold – packing a punch with the brightest shades of yellows. This is another example of a flower as you head into autumn that will take care of all of the hungry bees and butterflies. If you’re looking for a dream team, experts recommend that you think about pairing Black-Eyed Susan’s with chrysanthemums and asters.
Hopefully we stumped you with one or two and even more so, we’re crossing our fingers that we inspired you to really make some exciting changes in your garden moving into the cooler months. And the best key to caring for them all? A fence like those of the Taylor Fencing team!
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