black flowersThere are umpteen black flowers varieties to spice up your garden. A black flower garden with pops of silver, white or red could be quite dramatic.

“Black Velvet” petunias grow well in containers and hanging baskets and do best in full sun. They grow to a height of 8 to 12 inches.

“Black Coral” elephant ears is a tropical flowering plant with large-leaves that thrive in moist soil in full sun, but will do fine in lower light situations. You will need a large container for this plant and can also be placed at the edge of pond or even submerged in shallow water at the pond’s edge.

“Odessa” is a black calla lily that has glossy black flowers with a blue sheen. The 5- to 6-inch flowers top 18 to 24 inch stems. One bulb produces enough stems to fill an 8-inch pot. Calla lilies can be planted in the ground but are not winter hardy so bulbs must be dug up and stored indoors in a cool, dark spot over the winter. They do best with bright morning sun but appreciate late afternoon shade. Bulbs should be planted 4 to 6 inches deep, 1 to 2 feet apart.

Hellebores “Onyx Odyssey” blooms up to 3 inches across. These perennial plants grow in clumps to 18 inches tall and 25 inches wide. Hellebores are some of the earliest flowers to bloom in spring, possibly even before the snow melts. They prefer well-drained soil in dappled shade.

The plant seeds like “Black Knight” scabiosa will bloom almost black. Scabiosa or the pincushion flower  is a perennial plant, but “Black Knight” is not winter hardy and is considered an annual. Plants grow 24 to 36 inches tall and prefer full sun. Because they grow so tall so quickly, they may need staking. Seeds can be started indoors four to six weeks before the last frost or outdoors after the last frost.

There are many black and dark purple vegetables that could be mixed among the black flower garden to provide utility along with beauty. Some of their offerings include “Purple Passion” asparagus; “Royal Burgundy,” “Amethyst” and “Velour” bush beans; “Red Noodle” pole beans; eight different dark purple to black eggplant varieties; several varieties of greens and lettuces that are such dark red as to be almost black; “Indigo Rose” cocktail-sized tomatoes; and two purple basils that are very close to black.

Gardeners may also like to grow black fruit plants and trees in the garden including blackberry, black raspberry, jostaberry and huckleberry.

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