Back to Black: Black Drama In the Garden

Black inspires a little drama, so why not add some to your garden with a little black foliage or black flowers?

Amy’s Back to Black reflects a little of how we all feel sometimes, it’s such a tragedy she’s gone, way too soon.

We’re sure that Amy’s garden would have been full uniqueness and beauty with colour splashed with black or almost black plants, it’s how life is sometimes, alive in colour or dark in restfulness.

They are perfect for creating a striking contrast in your garden, paired with bright-colored plants. You can choose from many varieties, from annual flowers to perennials and succulents.

Take a look at these 10 black plants and flowers we have chosen as most suitable for adding a dark touch to your garden and choose your favorites.

Black Velvet Petunia


The world’s first black petunia is so mesmerizing, it looks so black and velvety, you will instantly want to have it in your garden!

This velvety gorgeousness thrives in a sunny location and looks fabulous paired with some bright blooms, creating a perfect contrast.

Tulip ‘Queen of Night’


Whilst not 100% black this dramatic tulip is a deep maroon color will make a beautiful addition to your garden.

As any tulip, it is very easy to grow and very low maintenance so don’t be afraid to grow it even if you are a beginner. It is a cold hardy plant that blooms in mid or late spring, couple it with white tulips for an astonishing view.

Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’


A seriously impressive succulent.   Black Rose Aeonium has the most beautiful dark reddish-purple rosettes with a green center and looks absolutely amazing paired with bright flowers.

Make sure you place it in a location that has at least half day of full sun.

It grows up to 12 inches tall and tolerates drought and poor soil. If you live in a colder climate, you will need to protect the plant over winter.

Coleus ‘Black Prince’


If you want to add some striking foliage into your garden then choose this gorgeous coleus rightfully named the “Black Prince”. It can be grown as a perennial in warm climates or as an annual in colder climates. You can plant it in containers paired with other plants, or create a dramatic “black” border in your garden.

Sorbet Black Delight Viola


Lemon sorbet is normally what we serve to clean the pallet.    But what about some black sorbet to clean the garden pallett?   This magnificent viola doesn’t only have a beautiful dark color, but is also fragrant and very low maintenance. It tolerates

It tolerates sun as well as partial shade and blooms in cool weather. You can plant it in your garden even before the chance of frost is gone. Your containers will look fabulous all winter long!

Tropicanna Black Canna


Bring a touch of the tropics into your garden with this dramatic black canna variety. It grows magnificent 6 feet tall and will surprise you with beautiful bright scarlet blooms.   You will need to plant rhizomes every spring. This canna needs at least 6 hours of sun a day, tolerates a little shade as well.

Hollyhock ‘Nigra’


Just take a look at this black hollyhock – it is an exceptional plant! This variety is so striking with its chocolate maroon flowers that look almost black towards the center and long bright green stems. Like all hollyhocks, this variety is easy to grow and will thrive in both cold and warm climates.

Calla Lily ‘Black Star’


Calla Lily Black Star is one of the most decorative almost black plants you can use for a dramatic touch in your garden. It brings a gorgeous contrast to your garden with its deep purple flowers and light green foliage. You can plant the “Black Star” calla lily in containers or as part of your garden border.

Black Mondo Grass


What a beauty!   This gorgeous black grass is perfect for containers, borders or rock gardens.   It grows up to 12 inches tall and 6-12 inches wide. The plant has most intensive black foliage in early spring and then changes into a dark purple in the summer. In mid-summer, tiny white flowers appear, followed by small black seeds.

Midnight Ruffles Hellebore

Midnight Ruffles Hellebore

This striking variety has three times more petals than the regular hellebore.

We love the velvety look of the petals and the dark color. It starts flowering in late winter with the flowers lasting for a couple of weeks. The midnight ruffle hellebore can get up to 24 inches tall and wide and is perfect for shade.

Let’s go back to black in our gardens, to appreciate the calm, we must appreciate the drama.

Love the Gardenhood Team