Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wish List Wednesdays: Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden

I have always been intrigued by the idea of having a garden done all in one color.  Green, of course, would be easy, and many gardeners have cultivated gardens with all white flowers.  When we lived in Colorado, the Denver Botanic Garden installed a "Drop Dead Red" garden that features plants with red flowers and/or foliage.  Now I've discovered a book by Paul Bonine called "Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden", which would be a useful guide for anyone who desires an all black garden, or just finds the idea of black plants fascinating!  Available for just $14.95 from Timber Press, this book would be a great addition to any gardening library, and is a perfect coffee table book for Halloween.  Just look at some of the plant names on the book's cover -- Dracula orchid, bat flower, voodoo lily, mourning widow, devil's tongue -- and it is obvious that there is a veritable bouquet of Halloween-appropriate plants inside.  This book could be one beautifully scary read!

An eerily attractive black Dracula orchid (Dracula anthracina)
(from Orchids Wiki)

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