Best Types of Fence Plant for Rainy Climates

A fence plant (or a plant that serves as a fence) is a lovely and long-lasting alternative to wood fences that have to be replaced every decade or so. For the rainy climate, the plant needs to be water friendly and able to handle soggy conditions. The Pacific Northwest comes to mind—a living fence in a Seattle garden perhaps. Here are two evergreen options that will serve as fence plants. Each is slow growing which makes it easier to control shaping.

Yew Hedge (Taxus)

There are several yew varieties that make dense colorful barriers that require little care. Bi-annual pruning and occasional shearing are all that is needed for an attractive look. A well-maintained yew hedge can last hundreds of years!

Arborvitae (Thuja)

The American arborvitae is a common privacy screen option in western Washington State. It’s long and cylinder shape serves to enclose an area very nicely and does well in standing water. Like the yew, arborvitae only need occasional shaping and will eventually grow into a tall, solid wall of green.

Either option will give the yard a special appeal that is both unique and enjoyable.