Add drama with black flowers & foliage
Black tends to be serious and oh so chic! It’s edgy and modern and is making its fearless way into the garden. Plants with black flowers and foliage have the ability to change the effect of your entire garden. Do you want to cool down hot colors? How about heat up cool colors? Black flowers and foliage could be the answer. Add sophistication to the garden with this moody shade. Scroll on to learn some design tips for plants with dark blossoms and foliage.
Designing with black in the garden
Black functions in the garden much as it does in the world of fashion. It is a base color, a neutral that works well with all other colors. Since it isn’t as commonplace in gardens as in most wardrobes, black flowers and foliage add unexpected drama to the landscape. Variations in shades and tints exist, just like the purples, blues and other colors for your garden. Combine several black-foliaged plants with varying leaf sizes and textures for an unusual and sophisticated combination.
The secret to success with black flowers & plants
Pair black foliage with a lighter, brighter counterpart, such as chartreuse or gold. This will intensify the black and help it stand out. Here, the chartreuse ribbons of ‘Aureola’ hakonechloa and ‘Angelina’ sedum provide great contrast for the striking black matte foliage of the black mondo grass. It’s like a dark wave intensifying the design’s rhythm.
Create a focal point with black flowers
Want to add a touch of drama but not quite ready for too much black? Take a first step and introduce black focal points, such as a container or specimen plant. The black container provides a strong foundation color for the contrasting chartreuse-colored sweet potato vine while also giving the eye a place to rest between the dominant red chair and door.
In the second image, the ‘Black Magic’ elephant ear rises up from the bed to provide a visual break in the mass of zinnias. The black adds intrigue and a tropical flair to your garden.
Meet these dark beauties
Inspired to add a few plants with black flowers and foliage to your garden? Start with one of our suggestions below. Technically, these flowers aren’t really black — they’re deep shades of purple and burgundy. But in the garden, they’re the closest thing you’ll find to this deep hue. Whether it’s dark burgundy, deep maroon or rich glossy purple, these plants will bring drama to borders big and small!