Home Annie's Home Renovation The Fence Post – Part Two

The Fence Post – Part Two

In thinking about how to make the fence fit the site better, I have been contemplating different planting options.

In an effort to spare myself the agony of barking up the wrong landscaping tree, I have decided to play out my planting thoughts digitally with the help of my favorite program, Adobe Photoshop.

My mother’s garden helper Carlos suggested roses. So I went searching for a hardy, multiple-blooming roses and came up with New Dawn in pink.  See below.

I Google searched images of the New Dawn rose and found an image that looked like it was in a similar environment—i.e., on a fence—and copied it into a Photoshop document. Then I manipulated it to make it smaller and rotated it to make it fit the angle of the fence. Finally, I copied it onto the image above three times and used the eraser tool to allow some of the fence to show through.

The pink is pretty, but I wanted to try a white/ivory option as well.  So I went into Photoshop again and adjusted the color, changing roses from pink to white.

Then, knowing how much Mum loved hydrangeas, and had many varieties already on the property, I Googled Oak Leaf Hydrangea and started the exercise all over again. Note: I was sitting at my laptop for the entire process. While I would love to be out there digging and planting, I wanted to narrow down the possibilities.

And, no, I haven’t decided yet, but am leaning toward one of the white choices. What do you all think?


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Cheryl August 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm

You are certainly a 21st century gardener. I enjoy so much watching your progress. Your mom would be so proud!
I think I vote white.

Megan August 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I love roses, but have had terrible luck. I just don’t have the time to prune and take care of them. They always get black spots, lose their leaves and simple look terrible. Hydrangeas on the other hand I have had super luck with. I have 12 varieties in my yard. They always look amazing. I love the oak leaf, from the but to spring, to the white flowers in summer and the darker red in fall. They always look fabulous, and I don’t touch them!! I have also found that the endless summer double blooming (on old and new wood) give me color all year. I say hydrangea all the way!!!

Marilyn Hergenrader August 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I adore hydrangeas and try to stay away from high maintenance plants. But, I love the way the fence peeks through the roses, and am not sure you will get the same effect with hydrangeas. I vote for white roses.

Rochelle August 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I vote for the oakleaf hydrangeas for ease of care and I just love hydrangeas too. However, if I’m not mistaken the New Dawn rose has a wonderful fragrance. And with that expanse of fence, the fragrance would really make a statement!

Anna August 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I favor the white option. Deborah Silver, a landscape designer based in Detroit, did a blog post the other day featuring her hydrangeas which I found really inspiring. She recommends “Limelight” and “Annabelle” hydrangeas as varieties that are easy to grow and bloom reliably–I think her gardening zone is similar to yours, so maybe worth a look? You can see her post here: http://www.deborahsilver.com/blog/time-for-the-limelights/

I love the Oak Leaf hydrangeas as well–so pretty. I’m planning on putting in white hydrangeas in my garden this year, but it’s so hard to choose!

Donna Allgaier-Lamberti March 3, 2013 at 8:48 am

I have and LOVE my oak hydrageneas. They form a long bed outside my dining room windows, so I bought the miniature style. They are native to Michigan and do well with little care, except for cliping the spent flowers off in the fall. However, the deer LOVE them too and eat all of the next years buds (they set buds in the fall for the next season), so we have to cover ours with mesh from the garden center. The leaves are lovey in the autumn too- all burgundy and green. Hope you enjoys yours as much as we do!! (Try some ornamental grasses too. Easy care except cutting them down in the spring and deer and bugs don’t bother them!!)

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Fresh American March 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Thanks for the support! Donna, that’s a great tip on ornamental grasses — we’ll give it a whirl once the snow melts.


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