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Much has been written about combining plants to show them in the best light, but not very much about the background to the display. Not all of us are blessed with mellow brick walls or local stone. By far the majority have wooden fences which come (when new) in a searing orange colour.

Several years ago, I experimented and painted a section of my fence green. Immediately, it looked much better, and the plants were not fighting their backdrop for attention.

But every time a section of fence is replaced. I am left with a bright orange background again. The storms this winter put paid to three panels of my neighbour’s fence, and they decided to replace the whole section, comprising seven panels. This was done on Tuesday. Cue more painting.

From this

To this

And this

To this

Much better!

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and I agree with every word. nice fence too but better plants ;o)

7 Mar, 2014

 

Me too, we paint all our fences and trellis holly green. It makes them recede into the background I think. Lovely tidy gardens you have there and that border in the first picture is lovely.

7 Mar, 2014

 

Surprising how colour can make plants look better.

7 Mar, 2014

 

Thanks Homebird. I did a blog on that border back in November 2010, showing how it changed over the course of a growing year.

7 Mar, 2014

 

I so agree with you Andrew. All our garden fencing is painted Forest Green. Did you paint your neighbours side too? My experience is that it 'dribbles' through the gaps, which means it leaves you with little choice but to paint both sides.

8 Mar, 2014

 

I love green, my favourite colour too :O) makes a huge difference to the garden really good and much better on the eye. :O)

8 Mar, 2014

 

Waddy - no, I leave it to them. While I was painting my side, the wife came out and said her children (two teenagers, and one about ten year old) were complaining about the orange colour. I suggested she gave them each a paint brush, but did not think that was a good idea!

8 Mar, 2014

 

Oh, you're a hard man Andrew.

8 Mar, 2014

 

I have visions of green fence, green plants, green concrete, two green teenagers and one very green child. Let them at it, I say......

8 Mar, 2014

 

Waddy - this is the woman who wanted me to cut down all the shrubs in my garden because she couldn't see to reverse out onto the road (reversing on to a main road is illegal in any case).

HB - she was out there with the paintbrush this afternoon, "multi-tasking" while a meal was cooking. I had visions of her stirring the food with a paintbrush to give her children their greens!

8 Mar, 2014

 

lol Andrew, so long as she didn't paint the fence with gravy!

I've only got two panels in my fence, newly installed - the rest is plastic-covered chicken wire. There's an old fence on the other side, but that's painted or weathered dark brwon.

Green fences do expand the horizon, making the edges blend rather than highlight the sometimes small size.

I was toying with the idea of getting tall chicken-wire fence and attaching reed screens or similar to block my view of the neighbours - a solid fence would do that, but would be a tad expensive to replace if we get more storms. The wire fence should be strong enough to stand up, letting the wind through, and there should be enough small gaps in the screen to allow air movement - and if it does get pulled down, I just need to get another to replace it. hope!

9 Mar, 2014

 

I do agree with you Andrew, that orange fencing is one of my pet hates. As you say the green compliments the plants so much more, it also makes the garden look much bigger.

12 Mar, 2014

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