Paula Atwell

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Paula Atwell is a freelance writer who admires beautiful flowers and a good cup of coffee in the morning.

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Black Sprite, Centaurea, Looks Like It Has Fingers

The Black Sprite, Centaurea is a compact plant with purplish black blooms that have a “spidery” look to them, as well as greenish-gray foliage. The Black Sprite prefers full sun, well- drained soil, and are resistant to drought and deer. They should be planted in areas that receive several hours of full sun each day.This […]

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Sooty Sweet William

Dianthus barabatus, commonly known as Sooty Sweet William, is an easy to care for biennial plant that is self seeding. A popular choice in cottage gardens, this plant also works well in a gothic garden because of the purplish black foliage and dark maroon or black flowers that bloom in clusters for several weeks during […]

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Phormium Platt’s Black Grass

Phormium Platt’s Black Grass is a perennial member of the Agavaceae plant family that grows to reach a height of about three to four feet tall, as well as being three to four feet in width. This plant is moderate to fast growing, and features long, lance shaped leaves that are a very deep purplish […]

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Sempervivum ‘Crimson Velvet’ Hen and Chicks

Sempervivum ‘Crimson Velvet’ (Hen and Chicks) is a type of hardy cactus/succulent that originated in the United Kingdom. It features dark red leaves that are covered in a fine layer of “fuzz” that resembles down or velvet, giving it the name of Crimson Velvet. The leaves grow in such a way that they form tiny […]

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Black Aztec Corn

Black Aztec Corn has a very long history as it is known to have been grown by the ancient Aztecs as far back as 2,000 years ago. It was first introduced into the seed trade and made its appearance in the seed company catalogs in the 1860’s and is considered to be a heritage or […]

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Gothic Gardens and Black Flowers

One of the biggest trends in gardening is the development of dark hued flowers, even black flowers, although many of the so called black flowers are actually dark purples, and dark reds.  Whether you are looking to completely fill a garden with these dark lovelies, or just want to add some depth to a garden […]

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Black Dahlia Flowers

Although truly black flowers do not actually exist in nature, there are some that are so dark that they appear to be black in color. Take for instance, the Black Dahlia. When someone refers to a flower as a Black Dahlia, there is a good chance that are actually speaking of the dark red or […]

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Metal Garden Benches

A metal garden bench not only adds a convenient place to sit while in your yard, garden, or patio, but also adds interest and is a perfect additional to the overall outdoor decor. Wrought iron garden benches can withstand years of being out in the weather and is a good investment that will add character […]

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Top 10 Flower Garden Adult Coloring Books

While coloring might generally be considered to be a children’s activity, there are actually coloring books designed specifically for adults. Adult coloring books typically contain very detailed pictures that are intended to be your own works of art when finished. Unlike typical children’s coloring books, the detail is much greater and the themes of the […]

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New Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables for 2014

Now that Spring has finally sprung, it’s time to think about gardening and what plants you’d like to grow this year. If you’re considering trying something new in 2014, Burpee has a large selection of classic and favorite plants, as well as several new offerings of flowers, vegetables, and fruits for 2014. Here we take […]

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