Welcome to all the spooks and darklings who are looking for something more … Gothic in their gardens. Perhaps you are conjuring your inner Addams Family?
Looking for the opposite of a Moon Garden?
It’s not just a phase! Many people associate black and dark hues with formal occasions, seriousness, confidence, tenacity, or power! Others welcome the darkness as it is comforting, matches everything, and quite slimming and sleek! Or you may be just looking for a garden that is upscale, unique, and chic!
Whatever your reason, black-foliage plants and black flowers are considered the epitome of plant breeding achievements and add that extra layer of depth a garden needs! There are a TON of plants for the gardener that haven’t grown out of their Goth phase in high school!
Besides, even your garden will love having the plant version of a little black dress!
Black is unfortunately not a natural pigment found in nature (at least not TRUE black in plants). Leading to a range of dark purples, deep burgundy, bruised reds, glowering greens, and midnight blues. Luckily, flower and foliage choices that edge into the color of black are widely available these days and add dramatic impact to your landscape!
Black doesn’t help pollinators because it absorbs ultraviolet light instead of reflecting it and it blends into the shade or shadow - becoming invisible to a hungry bee. So plants really don’t have much use for it. So the race for a black flower is purely for our own desires!
Every bright color needs a bit of shadow to enhance it! Sunny gardens need some shade. And bright colors seem to pop when there is something there to use as a backdrop!
Often, dark leaves or near-black leaves are simply the result of a genetic mutation or years and years of cross-breeding! But plant breeders are constantly striving for new and improved leaf color and variegation to give your landscape an edge!
Caring for a plant with black foliage isn’t any different than a plant with green or variegated foliage. They need no extra or special care. The color is often a bit more dramatic when planted in more sun, but shade can bring out this unique color better for some shade plants as well!
Check for your growing zone, select plants for your sun availability, and then go from there!
You will be sure to find the right shade of the night for your landscape!
Defying the sun and glowering as dark as night, these dark foliage perennials add their mystique to your landscape! Morticia herself would swoon over these darklings!
Coral Bells seem to have the corner market on dark foliage of all kinds, like the Midnight Rose, Blackout, Plum Pudding, Northern Exposure™ Silver, Northern Exposure™ Purple, Carnival Plum Crazy, Obsidian Coral Bells, and Palace Purple Coral Bells!
Other gorgeous part sun/part shade perennials include -
Incredible backdrops to the garden, or absorbing all the sunlight and color wavelengths around them, black foliage shrubs also draw all the attention!
Offset these dark leaves with bright flowers, plants with silver leaves, and chartreuse foliage if you want to cut through the gloom with a knife!
Darken things more with these dark-leafed trees and let your garden stand out among the neighborhood's green acres! Include a few dark-needled evergreens too!
Plant breeders have competed to achieve the holy grail of flower colors - Black! And they’ve nearly done it! Rose breeders are leading the charge to try and develop the first black flower, with Iris breeders close behind!
Mix these dark blossoms among dark foliage plants for an incredible display that defies the daylight!
Throwing a bit more shade into the dappled garden border simply adds to the drama! Conjure your own Elvira Mistress of the Dark by adding these vampy blooms!
Every Yin has a bit of Yang, so every garden needs a touch of the dark side to make the light that much brighter!
Want a garden full of contrasting tones of formal white and black? Try mixing these blooms that embody both sides of the spectrum! Lily Munster would approve!
Add some blood red Roses and your garden will stand out big time!
Ebony, shadow, onyx, black velvet, twilight, midnight, and brooding hues can complement any home and landscape by adding their own depth and drama!
Especially if your home has a dark or black roof and shutters, asphalt driveway, and evergreens planted all around as a backdrop, these black beauties will enhance your curb appeal in a welcome yet unexpected way!
Contrast these dark flowers with white flowers to set them off. Then add plenty of landscape lighting to your plan and you’ll turn some heads!
You don’t have to be Wednesday to love all things about the color of night! Head over to Nature Hills Nursery and find your own way to make a statement this year by including dark flowers and dark foliage plants in your garden today!
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