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02/04/2013 at 13:19

I like the neat and tidy look of your garden with those raised beds just ready for planting, I get the urge to 'dive in' there, so to speak....

..very much to personal taste regarding painting of fences, but I always use a dark Oak colour, as I find it blends in better with everything else, compatible with light colours, and doesn't compete in any way... I don't like coloured fencing, even the popular dark green ones you see today, so it's up to you really I think...

02/04/2013 at 14:18

I would paint all the fence and trellis in one colour. I also think dark stain makes the green of plants stand out.

I would paint with the pergola orange like this:

Or paint the shed in yellow with the window trim in white to make it stand out like this:

If painting one stain the other like the fence for best effect.

02/04/2013 at 14:20

With the older fencing you have with algae on. If you get some Algon and spray it on it works on fences as well as concrete to remove algae.

I like the dark oak colour but in my other house, because it felt very enclosed I heard someone on TV recommend a sage green, which I used. It still set off the plants well but seemed to open up the light in the garden. 

It wasn't cuprinol, I think it was Ronseal and for fences rather than structures, course may not do it now.

02/04/2013 at 14:54

Yes I do, at least here is a photo of just one small trellis section that was painted last autumn. 

I find none of these types of paints last that long, a couple of years and you will be thinking of doing them again.  The company I use is the one that ''does exactly what it says on the tin'', in case this site doesn't like advertising....

it's called

Fence Life, One Coat Colour and Protection

'Dark Oak'

they also do a '5 year weather defence' version,  so I might go for the this one next time... but that needs 2 coats...

I don't like colours like 'Harvest Gold' 'Autumn Brown' or even 'Country Oak' as I have found there is too much orange in them to my eye... but it's up to you, you might like those colours, but I find this to be easy on the eye... but as I say, only good for about 2 years I think and I shall have to do it again... you'll notice the fence on the left I have left 'grey' for now as I don't object to that colour too much...


02/04/2013 at 15:25

Looks fab even without the plants. Gonna look awesome when it's planted up. I'm a fan of dark oaks/browns. I think greens, as well as colours work well against that coloured darkdrop.

Like with interiors, a strong colour of some sort can really help to lift the more subtle shades.

I do like the idea of using a different colour for the pergola. A modern concept.

02/04/2013 at 16:25

The only thing that I would say is that maybe a dark colour would make the garden smaller, whereas the sage green mentioned earlier might make it feel more open. I think most plants would look great against the sage background. Choices choises its going to be a great gaeden

02/04/2013 at 17:13

We painted our shed with Cuprinol Garden Shades "Willow" and I like it, but it's really a matter of personal taste.


02/04/2013 at 20:08

I agree with Punkdoc - as someone trained in colour theory I would use strong colours to make features seem nearer and lighter colours to make them seem further away.  

03/04/2013 at 00:17

Some good sugestions above, love the willow coloured garden shed and orange pergola.

I think it's a matter of personal choice and chose to paint my fences/trellis rich oak using a wood preserve after having a lighter shade but acknowledge from puckdoc and Dovefromabove that colour does effect your planting and the illlusion of space.

You've clearly spent time thinking about the design of your garden. I like the colour of your shed from the photo taken of the front, it could be the way the light is caught but it looks rich and natural. I'd go with that colour for your main structures, trellis and shed with a darker colour for the fence, creating both boundaries and space.    

03/04/2013 at 11:24

I couldn't comment on the sponged effect as I've never done it in the garden. Did it in my bedroom once!

03/04/2013 at 15:22

Sponge affect over that amount of fence is going to take a lot of work! It took me several days to stain my fencing using a brush.

03/04/2013 at 16:14

Your garden design is beautiful. Farrow and Ball have some lovely paint ideas for gardens on their website if you are looking for something a little different:

03/04/2013 at 18:47

There is a problem with this site at the moment. They keep promising to sort it but they haven't managed yet. You may find you get a squashed tomato when you try to look at other information like "my posts"!

04/04/2013 at 10:56

Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

We painted our shed with Cuprinol Garden Shades "Willow" and I like it, but it's really a matter of personal taste.

Happycottentail, I painted my trellis in Willow, and it works well with your choice of pinks/mauve...


I agree that you should leave your pergola & trellis unpainted, natural wood does look great. I left my archway unpainted..

  But I did paint my obelisks in Willow as a feature, you can just see one behind the archway, and they can be seen in this photo...


But your fence definately needs painting. How about a darker green like Cuprinol Herritage Shades 'Old English Green' which I used to paint my shed...

A darker green would allow the fence to blend in to the garden. You could then fasten trellis to some of the fence panels and paint these willow as a feature?

04/04/2013 at 16:08


I'm no diy'er and have done these in 3 places on a fence.

you could use planed wood and paint it to match. I find this is fine for clematis, and an idea that can be adapted

I have also just invested in a staple gun which uses amongst others quite large strong staple  and I am hoping to use them with galvanised wire as a support as well. Not done it yet, but think it will work

05/04/2013 at 19:51

happycottontail, you can just screw the trellis to the fence panels. But As RP has said above, if you just want an easy way to grow climbers up your fence then just string some gardening wire horizontally along them in rows, about 1ft apart. I prefer this galvanised colour, but you can also get it in green...



You can buy a bag of 'u' shaped nails that are great for pinning the wire to the fence..


Or better still, buy some of these 'eye bolts' and screw them into the fence posts, I use them on my fence and they hold the wire off the fence so that climbers can grow behind as well as in front of the wires...


 Just make sure you buy the long enough so that once screwed in, the eye is about an inch away from the fence. And drill i small pilot hole into the post first, so that the eye bols screws in easily.

Well done on the paint deal. But if your painting all of your fence panels then are you sure 5L is enough for all your fence? Why not buy more tins as you could always return any unopened tins? You may have to give your fence two coats. A fence sprayer would make the job easy, but you can get carried away and use ore paint than you think. I use one of these...












05/04/2013 at 21:55

Your welcome. Be sure to post some photos when youve painted everthing.

28/09/2013 at 11:05

Just reseaching colours to paint my garden fence this weekend.   Have pruned shrubs back hard which has revealed ugly fencing!  Found all these comments really useful and lovely to see the pictures.  Think I will be choosing Willow green also.

Thanks again all!


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