During the summer months, the busy corner where these grasses are on the street side of the fence is nothing special. In midwinter, however, they made me stop, look and shoot some photos. This bold color palette would be just as dramatic if there was snow…which there isn’t.
There are several colors that would be great for a dark fence like this and could make a combo just as dramatic. Midwinter is the perfect time for some drama in the garden!
Not all greys and blacks are created equal. Here are three dark hues that can mimic the fence color but not necessarily read as black or grey–although they are. All are from my local paint stores, so they’re not exotic or super expensive. Left to right: the closest to a true black is Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black SW6258, Blacktop 2135-10 from Benjamin Moore has green undertones, and another from Sherwin Williams is Bohemian Black SW6988 that has a decidedly plum cast and would be a strong design statement as a fence stain.
Any of these would make a wonderful background for a variety of plantings and would read as a color in winter and up drama quotient when we need it most.