Add Dramatic Flair With Black Flowers and Foliage

Sharon Sauriol In recent visits to the nursery, I have noticed plants with an unusual color that is not often

Black Petunias Sharon Sauriol

In recent visits to the nursery, I have noticed plants with an unusual color that is not often seen in the garden – plants with either black flowers or foliage.  So I thought, why not use the black-colored plants to add a dramatic and unexpected splash of color in the garden?

If you look closely, black flowers and foliage aren’t really black – they are usually a very dark purple or dark red that growers refer to as ‘black’.

Black petunias, like those above, are definitely on my list of container plants to try out in my garden as is the ‘Jams & Jellies Blackberry’ Vinca, below.  I love how the dark colors of the flowers contrast with the light green foliage.

Blackberry_Vinca

Black flowers aren’t the only way to introduce the color black to your garden.

Black Sweet Potato Vine

Ornamental Sweet Potato Vine ‘Blackie’ is easy to grow and does great in containers during the summer months.

Sweet Potato Vine

The value that black-colored plants add to the landscape is truly appreciated when paired with lighter-colored plants like the pairing of black and green Sweet Potato Vines.  I like to plant them together in pots.

leaf lettuce

Ornamental plants aren’t the only way to introduce the color black in the garden.  Dark red (black) leaf lettuce such as ‘Red Romaine’ looks great when planted alongside bright green lettuce.  I plant both types in of lettuce in a recyclable grocery bag out in my garden.

Other plants with black flowers include Iris ‘Old Black Magic’, Tulip ‘Queen of Night’, Hollyhocks and Rose ‘Black Baccara’.

How about you?  Do you have any favorite plants with black leaves or flowers?

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Noelle Johnson
Noelle Johnson is a horticulturist and certified arborist who lives and gardens in the desert Southwest. When she is not writing or helping other people with their gardens, you can find her growing fruits and vegetables, and planting flowering shrubs and maybe a cactus or two.