Sunday, October 27, 2013

Picture Parade: Gardening on the Dark Side

From Beyond the Lawn

Inspired by the book "Black Plants: 75 Striking Plants for the Garden" which I described in my last Wish List Wednesdays post, I decided to explore the world of dark-hued plants suitable for the average home gardener.  I found a whole host of somber beauties that would look impressive in any garden, and positively spooky in a setting of all black plants.  Take a look at these images, and they may just move you to add some or all of these botanical specimens to your garden:

Tulip 'Queen of Night'

Elephant Ears 'Black Magic'

Bearded Iris 'Study in Black'

Bugbane 'Hillside Black Beauty'

Pansy 'Black Devil'

Bugleweed 'Black Scallop'

Petunia 'Black Cat'

Black Mondo Grass

Hollyhock 'Nigra'

Sweet Potato Vine 'Blackie'

Hyacinth 'Midnight Mystic'

Elderberry 'Black Lace'

Siberian Iris 'Black Knight'

Ornamental Pepper 'Black Pearl'

Black Rose (Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop')

Canna Lily 'Tropicanna Black'

Ninebark 'Diabolo'

Eggplant 'Black Beauty'


Do you dare to create a garden full of all black plants?  Or does the thought of a garden gone to the dark side fill you with dread?

From Behind the Thrills


  1. I had no idea there were so many black flowers/plants, just gorgeous. I also had no idea it was National Chocolate Day. I am grossly behind in recognizing this important event!

  2. Not to worry, CBW -- according to this site, there are over 50 chocolate holidays a year to celebrate:

    For some reason, though, they've left out National Chocolate-Covered Insect Day on October 14th:

    I can't imagine why (ick!).