As we all know black is not a color, but by placing dark colored flowers among their brighter hued cousins you can add a touch of drama and sophistication to the garden. And it’s surprising just how many plants there are that have dark shades and some that are actually black as Kathy Woodard explains in her article which I found on The Garden Glove website.
If you want to add a little drama and excitement to your garden, using plants and flowers with dark colors will always fit the bill. Not only do they add subtle but sophisticated pops of color, they add contrast, interest and texture to the garden. And we all know the opposite of boring is dramatic! Whether the plants you choose are black, chocolate, burgundy or deep plum, use these colors for an sophisticated garden design. Here’s how to add the moodiness of dark and dramatic flowers and plants to your garden space, while enhancing what you already have. Photo below by Houzz
Our favorite dark & dramatic flowers & plants!
Hollyhock “Nigra” – If you love the old fashioned look of hollyhocks, try this rebellious twist. The flowers are almost black with a maroon base. They grow 5-6 feet tall and are hardy zones 3-8. Full sun. Blooms mid-late summer.
Dahlia “Arabian Night” – This dahlia is a tuberous plant that can be grown down to zone 6. You can lift the tubers in the fall and replant in spring if you live in a colder climate. Full sun. Two feet tall and wide.
Smoke Bush “Royal Purple” – This dark purple leaved shrub can be grown as either a large bush or a small tree. Hardy to zone 4, this is a deciduous shrub which turns scarlet, orange and yellow in the fall. In the earl
y to late summer, clouds of seed pods are suspended over the bush, creating the look of purple “smoke”. Gorgeous landscape feature plant that grows to 15 feet tall and wide. Photo by ‘Tutu Guru‘.
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