The Beauty of Black Flowers


By National Gardening Association, June 24, 2020

Adding a touch of unique to your garden can be as small and subtle as a single gasp with a touch of black or a dramatic flare of an entire garden graced in majestic black blooms. While finding just the right plant for your garden, we recommend viewing photos of real plants in our database as opposed to depending on advertising photos or descriptions. True black blooms and/or foliage is extremely rare. It is helpful to know what the blooms look like in "the real world".

Annuals and perennials with options for all zones, these cultivars are sure to inspire you to add some black drama to your own space.

Sunflowers are known to be easy to grow for even the beginner gardener. Drought tolerant and not overly picky about soil types makes 'Moulin Rouge' a no-brainer. As an added bonus, sunflowers can be dried to preserve that black color for indoor decorations.

Sempervivum tend to change color based on soil and season, but we couldn't help but include this one. 'Blackcurrent Ice' is just spectacular.

'Blackout' is a great Heuchera to pack a punch of black. Coral Bells are great in the ground as well as in containers.

Hardy only in zone 9, the 'Purple Crest' Aeonium is well worth a bit of extra work. Picky about its soil moisture, it needs a large container with excellent drainage. This plant demands attention and you'll love to show it off.

Hollyhocks are full of drama in any color, but this Nigra stops the show. Easy to grow from seed, plant a lot of them and use them for cut flowers for indoor pizzazz.

This stunning black bloom Winter Thriller Midnight Ruffles is a great perennial for all but the warmest climates. The flowers can be used as cut flowers and the foliage hangs around for a bit of winter interest as well.

An annual, to be sure, but easy to root by cuttings for the next year, this coleus is without a doubt a serious dramatic black. Black star will be the "star" in any area of your garden.

There is no denying the black of the Iris 'Blackwater' With a bloom height of around 38 inches, it demands attention outside, or inside as a stunning cut flower.

Bringing up the end of our list is Petunia 'Black Magic'. Popular for good reason, petunias can fill in spots in your garden either right in the ground, or in containers. They can handle full sun or partial shade, so grab a bunch to scatter around your gardens and patios for an accent punch of black.

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