Use Plant Trimmings to Hide an Ugly Fence or Railing



Here’s an innovative way to hide an ugly fence or railing, spotted today at the main entrance to the National Arboretum visitor center in Washington, DC.  All you need are the trimmings from your spring garden clean-up and some twine.



I was told by the front desk staff that a volunteer came up with the idea to use switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina, rose mallow (Hibiscus  lasiocarpos) and southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) for this pretty decorative effect near the East Terrace railing.

Switchgrass and twine

Switchgrass and twine





You can see in this close up photo that part of the trick of making the whole thing look pretty and artistic is to use rustic twine, weaving in and out of the railing balusters to create a basket effect.  Your knots need to be tight so that the twigs and grass pieces stay put.





Staghorn sumac

Staghorn suma


I could envision this being used to hide a very ugly deck railing on a rooftop.  It is also a nice way to bring color to a bare spot in winter and natural beauty to a very unnatural architectural feature.








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