The Framing Of A Portrait 

                                                                                 

Fencing or boundary walls can emphasize any planting scheme so be daring!Black or dark grey fences might sound dark or depressing, but they can make a garden seem larger due to the colour “receding” into the background and works particularly well in a small garden.

The Framing Of A Portrait with a Corten Steel Fence
The Framing Of A Portrait with a Corten Steel Fence

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A black background allows nature’s pallet to shine; it works particularly well with the colour yellow.      
Bold Fencing
Bold fencing frames the garden portrait

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If  you go bolder with bright blue or purple, always remember to bring the colour into the garden in some way to balance the composition and divert your gaze away from the garish exterior.   Don’t forget your front garden? Personally, I think nothing turns more heads than a lovely white picket fence, with planting reaching through and pulling you into the space beyond.  

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A particular favourite of mine is Corten Steel. It’s natural ageing process compliments any maturing garden and also looks great as planters or a water feature; but be careful, it can badly stain patio areas or other materials.

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black fencing
Black fencing
Fences and boundaries are great screening for privacy. Adding gaps adds drama with light and shadow not only to the planting, but to a feeling of not being too rigid or contained by barriers. Spaces between fence panels or even panels used at an angle will soften a boundary especially when interplanted with hedging.  
Pallet fencing
Pallet fencing

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  Adding planting to a boundary will often soften it. Getting creative and using materials such as pallets can enhance a design and even produce something for others to envy?

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  At nightfall or in the evening, lighting can enhance and dramatically change the feeling of any garden. 

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Night time
Try illuminating planting or large trees/ shrubs with up-lighting? This can appear very striking especially against a boundary wall… it will give the space a much cosier feeling. 

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Thanks to Stuart Bugby of https://stugardensdesign.co.uk for his article.  

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Front garden
Front garden
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