They say good fences make good neighbors!  Well we now have a really good fence!  So hopefully we will have “good neighbors” back there.


The new fence is all in.  I fact it’s been in for over a week, I was holding off on this post because at some point they are going to stain the cement and I wanted a picture of the finished product.  But they keep putting it off so I figured I had better post about it before it’s old news.  You would be amazed at how quickly it went in.  Of course they had to pour footings about 5 days before it went in, but two guys with a big tractor took down our old fence and installed the new one in about 1 hour!!  Pretty amazing!


It’s a super nice fence/wall and we couldn’t be happier!  It’s 8 feet tall which means we lost our view of the mountains but we gained a ton of privacy!  We live about 1/4 mile from a fairly busy road and when you are outside in the morning or evening that road was a little loud.  But not any more!!  The back yard is nice and quiet all day now!


We also gained a little land!  The original fence that was there was apparently about 18 inches over our property line.  When they resurveyed to put up the fence they moved everything back between 18 and 24 inches.  So now we have a nice 2 foot bed all along the fence line.  This will be nice because we won’t have to do any digging to add some shrubs and other plants along the fence to “soften” the wall.


I’d love suggestions from all of you for plants to put in this bed.  The wall is on the South side of our yard so it will not be getting a lot of sun.  This time of year it gets some early morning and late afternoon sun, but most of the day it is in the shadow of the fence.  What do you suggest??


  1. Margaret July 20, 2014 11:39 am Reply

    Great looking fence! When you are talking about shade, one of my favourite plants are hostas. They come in so many leaf sizes & shades and you can’t beat how lush they get in the shade (not to mention how easy they are to grow).


    • Mr. Stoney July 20, 2014 4:23 pm Reply

      Hostas are definitely on the list!! We love them too!

  2. Daphne July 20, 2014 11:59 am Reply

    I wonder if you could grow some climbing vines up the wall. That would soften the edges up a lot. I don’t really know much about vines though. Personally I’ve always wanted a climbing hydrangea, but have never really had a spot for one. I don’t know if they climb up rock walls though.


    • Mr. Stoney July 20, 2014 4:22 pm Reply

      Daphne, I’ve wondered about some kind of vine as well. I will have to do some research on types. I know the Hydrangea wouldn’t grow here though, our soil is way to alkaline for hydrangea. I wonder what other vines would climb it? Anybody have suggestions?

      • Erma Hanna July 21, 2016 4:37 pm Reply

        Confederate jasmine,sturdy, evergreen with sweet smelling white flowers

  3. Liz July 20, 2014 5:49 pm Reply

    I would still make that bed bigger-many good plants are going to take up more than two feet, it isn’t a lot of room, but enough to get started. Ornamental grasses would be cool, Karl Foerster is more narrow but would like more Sun. Sedges would be fun. A vine that would climb up the wall without a trellis, like English ivy are usually too vigour ous for most people’s taste, it wouldn’t be hard to add a trellis. Ferns, anemone could work too.


    • Mr. Stoney July 20, 2014 8:33 pm Reply

      Mrs. Stoney says that’s it! She doesn’t want a bed bigger than that cause then she’d have to weed it!!

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