You might think that black should be the last color you would choose to paint a garden fence. Surely there is nothing more dark and depressing than a boundary fence painted with this color, but it seems that the black highlights the green foliage of nearby plants and so draws the eye away from the fence. This is demonstrated by several examples in an article by Lauren Dunec Hoang which I found on the Houzz website.
White picket and natural wood fences may be more common, but garden fences painted black can be surprisingly effective in the landscape. Dark fences act as a stunning backdrop for bright green foliage, provide understated privacy where needed and make garden borders disappear. Take a look at these examples of how a dark hue can transform a garden fence, and you may be inspired to get out your paintbrush.Highlight plant structure. Black and charcoal-gray fences work well as backdrops for formal plantings. The dark hues look elegant and sophisticated, and provide a stage to highlight the form of espaliered trees and clipped hedges.Here, a dark fence serves as a backdrop for a double-tiered hedge of clipped boxwood and photinia shrubs trained as small trees. A white fence in the same setting would draw the eye more than this dark one, taking attention away from the form of the planting.