Black Gardens for Green Thumbs

The inhabitants of the Victorian and the Edwardian era held black flowers in high regard, going to great lengths to collect and showcase them.

If, like them, you prize mystery, elegance and a slightly mythical look to your yard,  a few touches of velvety darkness can elevate it to a whole new realm.

 
The key to achieving the sumptuous Black Garden is simplicity; display the rare and exotic black flowers by streamlining the rest of the garden. A backdrop of lush greenery, light grey stone paths and a few bold, clean decorative elements… Simplicity is key when it comes to creating the sophistication of a Black Garden; the more attention you can lavish on your centerpiece black flowers, the better.

While truly black flowers don’t naturally exist, botanical breeders worldwide have attempted to create the darkest shades of red and purple possible. Black not only goes with everything, but put just one of the following flowers in a bouquet, and you’ll instantly step into a world of luxurious elegance.

Arabian Night Dahlias

Perhaps one of the most famous of black flowers, these large and ornate blossoms make a bold statement in the Summer and the Fall.

Surprisingly low-maintenance, the drought-resistant dahlia needs 8 hours of sunshine to grace your yard with its dramatic presence.

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Source : Seedsbycheryl on Etsy

 

Queen of the Night Tulips

 
This tulip has a name as satiny as its petals, and, like a Queen, reigns over the garden year after year.

Reliable and long-flowering, these bulbs prefer to be planted in the cooler months of October or November to avoid viral and fungal disease; if you treat them regally, expect beautiful blooms in April.

 

Papaver Black Peony

 
This handsome anemone-shaped perennial will adorn your garden, bursting open overnight and leaving a lovely crowned seed pod once the flower itself dies off; both the flower and the pod make striking additions to bouquets.

Despite their ornate frills, they are hardly fussy; give them deep, hummus-rich soil to prevent them for drying out, and they will require very little other care to gift you with their beauty.

Source : City Planter Magazine

Source : City Planter Magazine

 Christmas Roses

 
Going under the name of Black Hellebore, these frost-resistant evergreen flowers are known to bloom in early Spring, and even in Winter.

These beautiful cupped flowers need a little more tender care than most. They prefer moist, non-acidic soil and dappled shade. These flowers will also cause burning of the mouth, throat and eyes if ingested, so it is best kept for children and pet free yards.

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

 

 Black Kangaroo Paw

 
The lovely Anigozanthos, indigenous to Western Australia, is covered in velvety black down and curling white petals, and surrounded by tall strappy green leaves.

While these plants tolerate drought quite well, they are prone to fungal diseases when there is not enough drainage in the soil, and do not thrive well in frost.

 

Flameleaf Splurge

 
Slender stems and delicate leaves of dusky violet edged in green make Euporbia Flameleaf a beautiful and easy-to-grow addition to window boxes and Hosta beds.

Growing best in hot weather, plant this leafy wonder indoors and bring out in a lovely urn to add some  dramatic flair to your patio. If you choose to plant it in your flower beds, it is easy enough to dig up and bring in to spare it from the frost.

 

Halfeti Black Rose

 
One of the darkest black flowers, the Halfeti Black rose symbolizes not only hope, passion and mystery, but forebodes death and ill news for the Halfeti locals.

Incredibly rare, the Halfeti rose does not transplant well at all, and is extremely delicate, so if you’d like to see this wonder of nature, we recommend treating yourself to a trip to Turkey  in the summer time!

 

Indigo Rose Tomatoes

 
The new rage in greenhouses is the red-purple tomato hybrid, rich in beneficial anthocyanins thought to help fight diabetes, cancer and obesity.

Where they are touched by sunlight, the fruit will turn an intensely dark shade of purple, while the bottom turns a bright red when ripe. Talk about a jewel!

 

If you enjoyed this post and are thinking of planting a Black Garden yourself, Flickr’s Black Plants group has terrific inspiration, as well as the Black Gardens Pinterest board.

Or, let us know if you liked this post in the comments section below!

 

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