The LeJeune Residence in Montreal, Quebec, Canada is featured in the Phaidon book Black: Architecture in Monochrome, celebrating this resurgent trend for dark home exteriors. Built in 1890, this building was once used as a home for the groomsmen who cared for wealthy residents' horses.
Although black and white is a color combination that often takes on a glamorous vibe, it's versatile enough to work seasonally, too. Add a unique touch to your holiday decor with neutral tones mixed with a layer of black, white and cream.
You can’t go wrong with clean, classic, black deck railing. Fiberon Horizon Railing complements both traditional and contemporary architectures and looks equally at home with wood-toned or gray decking. As an added bonus, the flat top rail makes a great resting spot for your drink!
Why we love it: Deep dark leaves are lacy and eye-catching, providing a steady shot of color to planting beds all season long. Pink flowers open in early summer followed by berries in autumn. Purple-black berries are edible, if you can beat the birds to them. Deer-resistant.
As you select plants for your landscape, take time to place plants where they’ll thrive. Be sure to give them the right amount of sunlight, the proper soil and enough elbow room to reach their mature size. There’s nothing worse than planting a shrub you have to prune constantly to make it fit your space. If a plant catches your eye, like this Black Lace elderberry (Sambucus nigra, grows 6-8 feet tall and wide), do some quick research to learn if there’s another similar plant that might fit your spot better. Black Beauty elderberry grows even bigger (8-12 feet tall and wide), while Laced Up elderberry is the choice for small spaces, growing 6-10 feet tall and only 3-4 feet wide.
Tough as nails and a strong bloomer, black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta) belongs in every garden. This native beauty adds sunny shades to the summer garden, with flowers that lure butterflies and all manner of bees. Blossoms make a great addition to the vase and continue to open until fall frost if you faithfully remove spent blooms. Seedheads attract goldfinches and other seed-eating birds. Grows 24 to 36 inches tall by 12 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
Welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests with a litter of black cat pumpkins. These carve-free kitties are easy to craft, making them a fun project for older children or small kids with a little help from a crafty adult.
'Black Mission' figs originated in Spain and have become popular for their dark purple-black skins and sweet, red flesh. The pear-shaped fruits are delicious when eaten out of hand or cooked for jams and jellies. Hardy in zones 7 to 10.