Traditional, charming and heavily weighted with the symbolism of the American dream, white picket fences are undeniably a suburban classic.
Personally, I think they are the perfect compliment to a garden of wildflowers or climbing roses.
One theory for how the classic fencing got its name points to the close resemblance of the pickets or stakes used by infantry troops to fight back the cavalry.
Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush. He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit. Thirty yards of board fence nine feet high. Life to him seemed hollow, and existence but a burden. Sighing, he dipped his brush and passed it along the topmost plank; repeated the operation; did it again...-From Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer
But there are some things I know for certain: always throw split salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck, and fall in love whenever you can. - Practical Magic, 1998