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Garden Fencing - Ideas and Colours

Attached is a picture of when my garden was being done.  We have a new fence at the back.  We did not replace the one on the right - as it was done only a few years ago - and the one on the left, well we have very difficult neighbours and voted for an easy life.  We own all three sides actually.

On the left, the fence is quite dilapidated.  I want to paint to and then put some artificial ivy screening.  I also want to paint the shed to give it a refresh.  But am having problems deciding colours! I am a novice at this garden thing. Also want to paint the concrete wall which is also breaking apart - but again - easy life!

The gardeners recommended Autumn Brown by Cuprinol.  I quite like the colour of the new fence!

I would be grateful for all your ideas and inspiration!



  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    edited August 2019
    No offence, but that artificial stuff is hideous.
    If you paint the fence, then put some wires attached to the posts, or trellis on it, you could plant a couple of climbers [depending on the space you have]  instead. It would be far more attractive, and wouldn't necessarily be difficult to maintain.
    As to fence colour - it's very personal. If you want it to disappear, then paint it black, or a similar dark colour. The greens are good for that too.
    Alternatively, you can paint it a pale colour, and the plants will provide a contrast. Grey is very popular just now. Some neighbours of mine have just painted theirs a pale greyish white and it's quite nice. They don't have much planting, so the coloured fence will be a feature in it's own right through winter.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,018
    I would leave the fence. It will be a pain to repaint when you have plants in front of it. I would clean up the bricks first. They might look ok. Then paint the blocks with a colour depending on whether you want them to pop or recede. I would go for a matt terracotta to go with the bricks.
    Where do you want to put the plastic ivy? It never looks real.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • When anyone presents AstroTurf or plastic plants on this forum it never goes down well. I think it would be a good learning opportunity to grow a climber, nobody was born a gardener, we all start from somewhere and get to know better our garden and conditions and the experience builds up. I have a deep blue fence, but rather like wooden ones being left to turn silver naturally.
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,743
    Like @Fairygirl I love black fences , makes the garden look bigger and shows off the plants in front. 
    However, remember that whatever colour you paint it, some paint will " bleed" through to the other side so your neighbours will be looking at it too.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,565
    Another vote for dark grey / black fences. Mid grey looks OK too. Cuprinol Garden Shades is good for the job, also works on concrete / masonry so you can do your fence posts the same colour. Maybe go for a slightly different shade on concrete wall vs fence though?

    Look how much nicer real plants are than plastic ivy:

  • FlinsterFlinster Posts: 883
    I agree with others that the fake ivy may not give you what you want. A friend of mine used it at a rental property she was in for some screening/privacy and it was awful! Looked fake and was quite thin. A climber or two would be better or maybe a large shrub/small tree. As for colour depends if you want the boundary colour for- are you planning any planting or is the garden as you want it? Dark colours will make the boundary fade behind plants and can give good contrast to colour. We went for black. Ours is very much an ongoing project with lots of building yet to do but this gives you the idea if it helps
  • Oh dear!

    One of the reasons that I have gone for artificial stuff to cover the fence on the left is (a) we are hoping to replace the fence once we hopefully get new neighbours (here is hoping) and (b) both my husband and I are gardening novices.  Even though our fence is ours, the neighbours were being very difficult and we could have out our foot down but ultimately we wanted an easy life even though the fence is very dilapidated (broken at the bottom etc).  They have lots of climbers growing on their side, climbing on to our side.    If we had a new fence, we would have just left it as a nice clean new fence.

    As all three fences are different colours, I did want to bring some unity to the garden.

    Any advice for the bricks would be great!

  • Thank you for all your suggestions so just very weary we have a new garden but three difference fences in three different conditions!
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    edited August 2019
    Not to worry @New.Garden2019 - if you have reasons for the fake ivy, that's fine  :)
    If you feel it's a good short term solution then by all means ignore us! I can understand why you just want to keep a wee bit of a limbo because of the neighbours  :)
    Perhaps you could have a few plants in containers in front of it, if you feel the need at a later date anyway  :)
    Sorry - I missed the bit about the walling. If you want to highlight it [and it will take the eye away from that fence too ] you could paint it a contrasting colour to the fence and that could be a single strong colour of your choice, or even two if you pick out the concrete bits and make a real feature of them. A water feature, sundial, statue, large pot or something similar could be sited in front as well to give you a focal point. No maintenance needed  ;)
    If it's a fairly sunny spot, you could have a seat/small table there, or a big trough of sempervivums/alpines etc which would also require  virtually no maintenance. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,565
    If you're not brave enough to replace the contentious fence maybe you could nail horizontal slats between the posts to disguise it, then paint the same colour as the rest of the panels (which I think the consensus is should be dark grey!) Go a lighter grey on the wall. Dead smart!
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