Black Flowers for a Gothic Garden
Join One of the Hottest Trends | Create a Black Flower Garden
One of the most intriguing new trends in gardening over the last few years is to create a garden using dark hued or black flowers. Some of those gardens are created in a gothic style, using only the black flowers and gothic figures and accessories. Other black flower gardens are using the black flowers as accents in a brightly hued garden.
More and more black flowers are being created by botanists due to their popularity and rich coloring from hybrids of existing flowers. Some are purely black or near black, while others like the pictured to the left are black with other colors combined. Penny Black Nemophila
Black Barlow Columbine
A stunning addition to a gothic garden
Grow Columbine plants in partial shade. They will do well in average soils and tolerate dry soil conditions. Soil should be well drained. Water only during extended droughts. To help growth, add a general purpose fertilizer once or twice a season. New Columbine plants will bloom in the second year. They look good in flowerbeds, containers, as edging, and in rock gardens.
Columbine plants are one of the flowers that attract hummingbirds. Columbine will grow all season long. As a hardy perennial, they should survive light frosts.
Black Nigra Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
Tall stately plants
The definitive old-fashioned cottage plant, Black Nigra Hollyhocks, indeed all hollyhocks conjure beloved memories. Placed along fences, barn walls or the side of a house, their stately spires define summer for gardeners.
Black Nigra Hollyhocks are a dramatic addition to any garden. These shiny black flowers, 4 inches across and sporting a creamy center plus a hint of burgundy toward the base, are a distinctive addition to the garden. They are easy to grow in full sun and almost any well-drained soil.
Black Cloud Papaver Somniferum Black Poppy
Papaver paeoniflorum. Black Cloud. Huge, tightly packed, Lacy, dark purple-almost black colored blooms. Up to 5 inches wide. Most poppies are very easy to grow. They are a favorite of gardeners in every state for rock gardens, flower beds, containers, and most anyplace that you want color. Since poppies are self-sowing, if you allow them to go to seed you may only need to plant them once.
Black Devil Pansy
Deep black blooms
The Black Devil Pansy is a new pansy for pansy enthusiasts. They grow best in full to partial sun. They prefer cool to warm climates, and wilt in mid-summer heat.
Pansies tolerate a variety of soils. But, soil should be loose and hold moisture. The plants need plenty of moisture to fuel their fast growth. Add a general purpose fertilizer at planting time.
Bowles Black Viola - Beautiful small blooms
If you like smaller blooms, the Bowles Black Viola, is a wonderful addition to a gothic garden.
When in bloom, the viola plant will almost overpower the color of its leaves and stems, giving the appearance of sea of midnight black flowers blowing in the breeze. Viola also has a delicate scent. The Bowles Black viola will happily self seed in cool, moist soil. Dwarf plants produce numorous velvet black petite flowers with a distinct bright yellow eye.
This flower is an annual, and flowers from June to July-September.
Black Knight Kniolas Morning Glory
Morning glories are always a beautiful addition to a garden, and the Black Knight Kniolas Morning Glory (Seeds By Seed Needs) is no exception. The Black Knight Kniolas is a Morning Glory with black flowers that have pinkish red centers.
The flower blooms heavily and grows very fast. Black Kniolas Morning Glory plants are great for gothic gardens and grow great on fences.
Black Peony (Papaver Paeoniflorum)
The Black Peony has huge, velvety double blooms of dark maroon to dark burgundy which are 4 to 5 inches across.
These beautiful and unique flowers are packed with ruffled, whorled petals that glow in the summer sun. Indescribably elegant, the blooms on this peony are just incredible in a large garden planting or indoor arrangement.
Blooming begins in July, and is followed by handsome seedpods that are superb ornaments in dried arrangements. Peonies are extremely easy to grow. The grow best in areas where summers are cool or dry; not a good choice for humid regions.
Black Hollyhock Blue Larkspur - Georgia O'Keefe
Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden
Learn more about these beautiful varieties of black flowers
With one of the newest and most fashionable garden trends, creating gardens full of lovely black and dark purple flowers, a new guide has come along that will help you getting started making a gothic garden or just adding several accent plants to your existing garden.
These dark lovelies are naturally black or dark purple, and they just exude dark, deep mysterious color. Cast among the greenery of a spring, summer, or fall garden, black plants add a new range of color to work with for gardeners.
Paul Bonine is co-owner of the wholesale nursery Xera Plants Inc. and has worked in the nursery industry in Oregon for almost two decades. His experience with real customers is helpful in choosing the black plants and flowers to outline in this book. For anyone who is unfamiliar with the black flowers, this is an excellent resource to start with.
Here is what is written on the book's dust jacket:
"Striking, mysterious, sinister, and strange all describe the singular appeal of plants with black (or near-black) foliage, flowers, or fruit. For some gardeners, they are curiosities that yield a special thrill. For others, they are invaluable for providing contrast with brighter elements. Whatever the source of their somber magic, these dusky denizens of the plant kingdom are irresistible to anyone drawn to nature's more unusual manifestations.
In this compact, accessible volume, Paul Bonine profiles 75 of the most alluring black annuals, perennials, bulbs, and shrubs. Some of the plants—like agapanthus and lilies—are darker versions of familiar favorites, while others are rarities that will appeal to the most discerning collector. Each entry describes the plant's essential features and details the requirements for growth and care.
Whether your taste runs to pansies, columbines, and sweet williams or to obscure orchids from the Andes, you'll find a host of intriguing choices in this beautifully illustrated, entertaining book. Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden is sure to haunt your dreams."
"Black is not the first color that comes to mind when you think of plants. But as this beautiful guide makes clear, dark-hued leaves and flowers, from perennials to tropicals, have enormous appeal in a garden." (Martha Stewart Living )
Victorian Black Gardens
Victorians were very fond of creating garden designs with dark-hued plants and flowers. The resurgence of this trend goes back to Victorian times (similar to the Gothic style trends).
© 2011 Paula Atwell