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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Feb 1, 2015 8:07 PM CST
I'm looking for some blackish colored flowers to plant w my daylilies. I really like things that come back reliably year after year and bloom alot and still look nice even when they are not blooming. Any suggestions? Would love to see pictures of black flowers in your landscape.
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CarolineScott
Feb 2, 2015 8:23 AM CST
Sweet William has dark cultivars.
It is biennial, but might reseed.
This year I am hoping to grow the "Blackberry" cultivar of petunia.
There is a hollyhock with "black" flowers.
Nemophilia has a black form. (annual).

There is a "Black Velvet" Nasturtium.
And also a "Black Beauty" Dahlia.

All of these are more like annuals.
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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Feb 8, 2015 6:07 PM CST
Do you want something that flowers with the Daylilies, or at other times through the season?

I grow the black Hollyhock, and it does really look black in the sun, but it does get bug eaten and ugly when not blooming.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Frillylily
Feb 8, 2015 6:41 PM CST
Well I don't like to spray pesticides unless I have a real problem. I do have some hibiscus that I sprayed last year because the japanese beetles were eating it so badly, and my roses also. But the hollyhocks I had around the front porch just looked so ratty I don't think I would plant them again. I tried some black tulips but the moles? ate them promptly after planting, I guess they are tasty. Smiling

I wouldn't care if it bloomed with the daylilies or not. I guess even black foliage might be nice. I have a black colored elderberry, but I think it says shade on the tag if I remember right.
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West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Feb 8, 2015 9:17 PM CST
I have a black elderberry and it's fantastic in our full, blazing 100°+ sun. It never even flinches.
This pic isn't the greatest but you get the idea. They do get bigger than I had planned and have to trim it back every year or two.
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Frillylily
Feb 8, 2015 10:31 PM CST
wow that is beautiful, and yes, larger than I thought. Thank you for sharing that pic.
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Zencat
Feb 8, 2015 10:41 PM CST
It's one of my favorites. I'm always glad to share pics.
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gemini_sage
Feb 9, 2015 6:34 AM CST
I don't spray either. Just seems counter intuitive to toxify the place I like to spend my time and invite butterflies and hummingbirds. I have tried some home made sprays with garlic and hot pepper and other herbs, but they need to be applied frequently, and I don't keep up with it like I should.
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Kabby
Feb 9, 2015 6:28 PM CST
Frilly do you have black daylilies too?
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Frillylily
Feb 9, 2015 8:08 PM CST
Yes I do have a handful of black daylilies. They are hard to come by. Of course like all flowers none are really black, they appear black from a distance. But all are either purple or red colored. I like daylilies that ope out really flat or recurve and some of the more popular black daylilies do not open as far as I'd like. But the ones I do have I like pretty well.

I thought about chocolate cosmos but the database pics show it pretty red colored and not as dark as I'd like. Is there a hardy hibiscus with dark flowers? I do have 3 of those but all are pink colors. Oh, I did pick up a red one last fall but haven't planted it out yet, it is still potted.
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Zencat
Feb 9, 2015 8:18 PM CST
Hearthrob is pretty dark. That's the darkest hardy hib I know of.
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Frillylily
Feb 9, 2015 11:42 PM CST
well there are no pics of that hibiscus in the database. Maybe someone has one they can add.
Here is a link I found on a search.
http://www.waltersgardens.com/plants/view/?plant=2244
Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Feb 10, 2015 7:31 AM CST
These little black Violas really do appear black- some of the blackest blooms I've seen.


And there are several near black Iris varieties....

"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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CarolineScott
Feb 10, 2015 8:15 AM CST
Bowles' Black is another black viola.

There is a Bachelor button which has deep maroon almost black flowers.

Isn't there an almost black poppy too?
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ge1836
Feb 10, 2015 8:37 AM CST
I have had Columbine Black Barlow and loved it.

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I also have a few Black Iris.
Superstition

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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Feb 10, 2015 9:48 AM CST
Very nice blacks, Neal.
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Feb 10, 2015 10:00 AM CST
Jo Ann, I have that columhine too and I love it.
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ge1836
Feb 10, 2015 10:03 AM CST
Celia : I like the way it reseeds. I almost lost all of them a few years back.
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Feb 10, 2015 10:15 AM CST
Me, too. Smiling
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 10, 2015 10:53 AM CST
What killed them? I lost some several years ago to sawfly larvae, they completely decimated the plants in 2 days, just as buds were starting to arise. That happened 2 years in a row, after that I started treating with systemic in spring and found 1 treatment was enough to protect them during the time the larvae emerge. Since then I've stopped using chemicals, but haven't had any problems since. I had grown Columbine for several years and had never seen them attacked like that, and now it seems to have stopped. It may have had something to do with several really mild winters we had during that time.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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