15 Best Black Flowers To Add Depth And Drama To Your Garden
“Black is such as happy color.” While some might not agree with Morticia Addams, black can certainly add some drama to your garden.
While there are few flowers that are a true black, a mixture of dark maroons, purples, burgundies, and reds will certainly suffice.
Adding black flowers and plants to your garden will add tremendous depth and drama. As soon as you plant some of the plants or flowers you will instantly have a beautiful, deep and dramatic garden.
If you plant any of these in your front yard, you will for sure add a lot of curb appeal and have turning heads checking out your garden!
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Without further ado here are the flowers and plants you came here to see. Enjoy!
1. Black Viola
This flower can be grown in containers or in open soil. They’ll bloom during the spring and fall. Their dark purple petals radiate from a yellow and bright purple center.
They’re extremely compatible with yellow primroses and multicolor pansies. Get seeds here: Black Viola Seeds
2. Black Iris
One of my personal favorites, due to their beautiful aesthetic appearance is the Iris.
They are available in many colors including ‘chocolate.’ The Before the Storm variety is what will bloom in black.
The iris must be planted in well-drained soil and in an area with plenty of sun. Get these seeds here: Black Iris Flowers
3. Black Baccara Rose
A twist on a classic is the Black Baccara Rose. When young, their green foliage will be reddish and will grow darker in colder weather.
They are not known for having much of a scent, but my goodness, are they beautiful. They will last up to two weeks if clipped and placed in a vase, but honestly I would much rather let them grow freely in a garden.
Get these seeds here: Black Baccara Rose
4. Black Beauty (Elderberry)
Not only can you have a gorgeous near black plant with the Elderberry, you can also get edible and juicy fruits.
This plant offers a wonderful contrast of deep purple foliage and pink flowers. The Black Beauty emits a lemon like scent sure to wake you up on your way to work.
The berries will appear after its flowers bloom. Get a plant here: Black Beauty ‘Elderberry’
5. Aeonium Arboreum (Black Rose Tree)
Another personal favorite, this flower has a bit more of a “wow” factor than its predecessors.
This is a subtropical shrub and will certainly steal the spotlight in your garden.
The outer petals of the Aeonium Arboreum emanate from a bright greenish-yellow center and evolve into a dark shade of purple.
They do best in warm climates and must be protected during the winter months. Get these seeds here: Aeonium Arboreum
6. Dahlia ‘Arabian Night’
The Dahlia is an extremely enchanting and captivating flower.
These flowers can grow up to forty-eight inches tall and will bloom with double flowers about four inches wide.
They’ll require consistent watering, light shade, and protection from high winds. They will continue to grow until winter frost overtakes them.
Get these bulbs here: Dahlia ‘Arabian Night’
7. Coleus ‘Black Dragon’
We all need a dragon in our lives, if you can’t find one you may as well plant them.
Ideal for borders and mixed flower beds, the Black Prince is heat-tolerant and will attract an array of birds, including hummingbirds.
They are easy to maintain and are known to grow up to thirty inches. Get these seeds here: Coleus ‘Black Dragon’
8. Heuchera ‘Obsidian’
Heuchera will add some texture to your garden. They are an all-season foliage which grow small, but bloom with attractive flowers.
It needs partial shade and cool weather to thrive in an outdoor venue. They shine with a glossy sheen, hence the nickname Obsidian.
The smoky purple hues will open up to reveal cream flowers. They are simple to grow and are a great edger due to their low, mounding habit.
Get these seeds here: Heuchera ‘Obsidian’
9. Silver Laced Primrose
One of the rarest and most difficult to obtain is the Silver Laced Primrose and for good reason.
This flower’s brown and black petals are trimmed with a beautiful silver edge. Its golden center draws your eye directly to it.
These plants can grow in warm and cool climates, but prefers partial shade and damp soil.
10. Canna-Black Tropicanna
We can’t all live in the tropics, but with this flower we can definitely pretend.
Its scarlet orange petals bloom from spring into fall and its leaves create a great contrast with their bronze and chocolate brown tones.
They are not a fragrant flower and will need protection from high winds as their leaves are too fragile to withstand an egregious amount of wind and storms.
Get this plant here: Canna-Black Tropicanna
11. Black Mondo Grass
Black Mondo Grass excels as a partner for rock gardens. They can grow up to one foot tall and expand up to a foot wide.
The dark green grass will grow most in the spring and will change to a deep purple, nearly black shade in the summer.
By mid-summer, you’ll enjoy the bell-shaped flowers that will bloom followed by its tiny black seeds.
Get this plant here: Black Mondo Grass
12. Black Calla Lily
Another great border plant is the Calla Lily. Calla Lilies don’t require an enormous amount of attention which is great for busy gardeners.
They do need well-drained, loose soil and prefer warmer climates with a good amount of sun.
They do best if they are planted in the spring when the threat of frost has passed.
Get these bulbs here: Black Calla Lily
13. Wine and Roses (Weigela)
Just because you reside in a colder area of the states doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a few flowers.
Wine and Roses offer a unique foliage of deep burgundy. It can be grown in containers or in a flower bed outside, but does require a mostly sunny area.
They will bloom liberally from spring into early summer.
Get this shrub here: Wine and Roses (Weigela)
14. Black Hollyhock
The tallest flower of our list, the Hollyhock can grow up to nine feet, yes feet tall.
These flowers require full sun and rich, moist, yet well-drained soil. While they can grow to be quite tall, they are considered a short-lived perennial and will live for two to three years.
While easy to grow, you must take preventive measures to protect your Hollyhock from rust which can attack the lower leaves of the Hollyhock.
Get these seeds here: Black Hollyhock
15. Bat Flower
Finally, my absolute favorite, the bat flower; if you’re looking for an exotic centerpiece for your garden or your living room, this is the one.
While I don’t want bats flying around my yard, I’m fine with a flower that mimics a bat in flight yet is firmly rooted in the ground.
Large leaves surround the actual flower, giving them a healthy dose of camouflage and contrasting colors.
Just like true bats, this flower is not fond of the cold, but it also doesn’t want to be planted directly in the sun.
Plant this black beauty in a nice shady area of your lawn and enjoy.
Get these seeds here: Black Bat Flower
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