I am doing a couple of the things mentioned in these posts - painted the fence black in the back (darker shade there) and green on the sides. I also have honeysuckle on the fence in back and have just planted some ivy on one side. I am stumped on how to handle the gates. They are large double 6 feet (total of 12 feet across) and need to be able to swing freely. Any suggestions?
Hmmm, that's a tough one. At first thought, I think you could plant two vines on either side of the gates (just to the outside of the post) and train some tendrils with landscaper's tape toward the gates, leaving enough wiggle room for the gate to open. If you did this, you'd want to make sure to get a vine that has pretty bendy stems so they wouldn't break when bent backwards. I believe Honeysuckle is pretty flexible...Clematis seems to have pretty durable stems too.
I don't know if that would work best for your situation, maybe you don't even want plants on the gates?