My question is..do you like yard work and gardening? If you do, then scrubs. If you don't have the time, or have pets, or simply don't like to spend a lot of time doing yard work and gardening, then the fence is a wonderful solution. Your fireplace area has awesome potential for a great fire pit!! Love it!! xoxo
Yes, when I sell my condo in Minnesota and have more money, I plan on fixing up the fireplace and have a fire pit. I will probably want something more around the fireplace too.
If you decide to go with the fence, think "this is a wall". There all types of decorating fences with plants on the web. You can fine tune what's easiest for you. :)
personally like a living fence. We too have another house to sell, so $ is tight. We have two little dogs and wanted to close in the yard...found this deer fence, cheap at Lowes, we have a big back yard. Neighbors did not realize we had fenced in, it is perfect and we do not feel "fenced in" I planted scarlet runners on one side for the humming birds, hence living fence.
If you don't need a fence to keep your pets in, or other pets out, there are many things you can plant in Florida that will give you a privacy hedge in a pretty short amount of time. Viburnum odoratissimum and Viburnum suspensum are two widely used options. I think they look much better if you don't plant them too tightly and don't overprune them. Simpson's stopper (Myrcianthes fragrans) is a native and another good option.
Try adding something that blooms all year long and smells good too ,and you can trim it down if you think its getting to tall or bushy....
I like the idea of a living fence as well. Personally I wouldn't want to look at that fence so I would find a way to hide it as much as possible.... plant trees or shrubs that would grow tall enough to hide most of it and maybe something like a row of hibiscus or some other tropical bloomers like the ones in your pots, in front of the trees. Mulch the whole area (maybe even pine needles---free in some places) and use stones, rocks or bricks to border the whole area. (I used rocks and natural stones because I could get them for free from anywhere where they are excavating). It'll look beautiful. I like re-using things that I don't have to pay much for.... plant clippings are another idea. Most people are willing to share. My first thought on the fireplace was perhaps a water feature with a small added fire pit. Good luck...this is a blank canvas with lots of potential. Good luck.
If consider, kids- small-play area-grandkids etc. pets- now or in the future. yard work- in the future, time to maintain-upkeep.Once you get it all cleaned out you will have a better idea... I would say fence by the looks of the surrounding areas. But, In addition to the ones mentioned, there are screens you can use. 4-6-8 ft sections of lattice or other decorative fencing to bread up the look, say in the corner by the lawn furnature or behind the fireplace . Place along the property line every-4 to 8 ft. they give the seperation without a full fence, and add some hardscape structure to your design. Between add your living fence screening plantings, lower growers in front of the panels.
I have baskets and window boxes hung from my fence with flowers cascading over the containers and connected to my drip system for watering. I have a small fenced yard and have it full of plants with a couple of seating areas and a pool. We have been fine tuning it over 6 years.
I have some clients that love gardening so much that if they saw this house up for sale, they'd snap it up just for the garden itself! SO much potential! But like what a lot of others have mentioned here, it is a lot of work to get it looking ship-shape. Good luck!
Installing a fence is always beneficial, if you are tight on budget then you can get it done yourself as well. I would suggest you to make wood fences as they are easily made. If you are willing to spend a little then get PVC vinyl fencing and add some climbing plants over it to climb. You can get some help here for the purpose: http://blog.californiafenceco.com/pvc-vinyl-fencing-ideal-option/
I see so many pretty things happening there, and love the brick! I would put in a fence.