Lani’s Fantastic Fence

Lani Freymiller has created one of the most incredible gardens I’ve ever seen (read more about it here)

Her garden is filled with countless design concepts and creative ideas. So many, in fact, that instead of writing the world’s longest post I’ve decided to write several shorter ones and post them throughout the year.  This is one of them.GreenBar

Many years ago, when Lani first moved to this property, there was nothing but groves and groves of Eucalyptus trees.

After removing some to make room for her home and garden, she decided to put them to good use instead of having them hauled away.

After much chopping and stacking, the once towering trees were now winding their way throughout her garden, dividing the large space into many intimate garden rooms.GreenBarGreenBarOnly three to four-feet high, this fence is really more like a hedge; blending in beautifully with the garden, peeking out here and there, providing support for towering perennials, and providing shelter for countless critters.

This is definitely one of the most charming ways to reuse and repurpose I’ve seen in a long time!GreenBar

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  • I love the way these fences look, but I’m concerned about termites. My parents had an old woodpile in their backyard in Southern California and when I finally cleared it out it was chockful of termites…

    • Hmmmm…you bring up a really good point! These fences have been on her property now for many years – maybe since they’re far enough from the house it hasn’t been a problem? I also remember reading somewhere that eucalyptus wood is a little more termite resistant than others.

  • I can see why this would be a favourite. Although quite different, the fences remind me of the cedar rail “snake fencing” in our neck of the woods. The cedar trees were cleared by farmers, split and stacked between posts in zigzags to mark out fields. Cedar is a tough wood, and many of those fences have lasted for a century or more. Looking forward to your other posts on this garden.

    • Helen, I bet those are beautiful!! And since they’re so old, they’re even better with moss and lichens, right? I love cedar.

  • I love how the eucalyptus fences blend in and look so natural. It’s nice to see someone give life to something that would have just been forgotten and destroyed. Reminds me of what I did in my garden last year. I needed to go out and purchase a trellis for my new climbing rose when a wind storm came through and knocked a few branches out of my mimosa. I used those branches to build a trellis. I gave those branches a new life and the outcome looks way better than a store bought trellis. Can’t wait to see more of Lani’s garden!

    • Great idea, Nicholas! I’ve made my own obelisque’s and trellises from a purple leaf plum’s ‘water spouts’ that lasted for several years. I agree – homemade structures out of natural elements usually look so much better in the garden.

  • Incidentally, eucalyptus trees were planted here in San Diego by the Santa Fe Railway a century ago for use as railway ties. The wood proved too soft, so that didn’t work out. The trees naturalized, and I think they’re beautiful, but I wouldn’t want one in my garden. They shed bark and leaves prolifically, are allopathic (nothing will grow under them), and because of a high oil content are a wildfire hazard. They also get huge. But they’re a distinctive feature of our most high-end community, which was named after the railway: Rancho Santa Fe.

    • Thank you for the info, Debra! I had 3 huge eucalyptus trees in my other garden and they would drop massive limbs with each winter storm – definitely a hazard in our small garden! Pretty, but definitely hazardous.

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