In SC many of the old town southern homes have fences and gates. If the gate is open the lady of the house is "in" & she is receiving guests. If it's closed ~ don't even bother.....I love the customs of the south!
The deep eggplant color looks perfectly at home in the garden, making the green hues around it sing. The fuzzy shrub in the background is Cotinus coggygria, commonly known as Purple Smoke Bush, whose leaves likely provided the inspiration for the gate’s color.