Paula Atwell

About Paula Atwell

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

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Centaurea Cyanus Black Ball Cornflower

Centaurea Cyanus, also known as the Black Ball Cornflower, is a hardy annual double flowered plant that grows easily from seed. Black Ball Cornflowers have a rich maroon or almost deep chocolate color that makes them appear almost black in certain lighting conditions. The dark blooms have a roundish appearance that resembles a pincushion and […]

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Stepping Stones | How to Add Them to Your Garden

Stepping stones can be used to add interesting walkways to your landscape or garden, for decorative purposes, or as a tribute or memorial for a special loved one or pet who has passed. Stepping stones can be purchased from a variety of retailers in the lawn and garden section or can even be made as […]

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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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Black Mourning Bride, Scabiosa atropurpurea

Scabiosa atropurpurea, commonly know as Black Mourning Bride, is a plant native to the Mediterranean. Black Mourning Bride has been cultivated in southern Europe since the year 1629 , and came to the United States during Colonial times and was popular among the Victorian people. This plant grows very quickly and the fragrant flowers work […]

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Black Rose, the Ultimate Gothic Flower

The Black Rose is not naturally a truly black flower, but rather one that is so deeply red that it appears black in color. Because black flowers do not exist in nature, some people have found ways to try to make them. One such method to use is to make your own dye for the […]

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Plants for a Fairy Garden

A fairy garden can be a fun and whimsical addition to your yard. These gardens can be done as an actual specified location within your existing garden, as the entire garden, or even in a small container planting. When creating a fairy garden, remember to incorporate both flowers and herbs in the garden, and to […]

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Tropaeolum minus Black Nasturtium

Tropaeolum minus, commonly known as Black Nasturtium, is a trailing flower that can be used for climbing or as a ground cover, and is almost black in color. Nicknamed “Black Velvet”, this annual flower prefers to be planted in areas with full sun and in well drained soil. This is also a good flower choice […]

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Add Mystery to Your Garden with this Gothic Figure

Every gothic garden needs some mystery, and what could be more mysterious than this mysterious gothic figure wandering through your garden. Who hasn’t heard stories of wizened elders so attuned to nature that even the wind seems to whisper to them its secrets? Artist Liam Manchester draws on these tales to bring us the powerful […]

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Container Gardening on Your Patio

If you love to garden but happen to have limited outdoor space to work with, you don’t have to sacrifice your love of growing plants. When space is limited, take advantage of container gardening to turn your patio, balcony, or small outdoor space into a beautiful growing space. Many types of flowers, fruits, vegetables, climbing […]

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Wrought Iron Baker’s Racks

A baker’s rack is typically thought of as a handy piece of furniture for use in the kitchen to hold everything from canisters, to cook books, to other items generally found in the kitchen area. However, a baker’s rack can also be used for purposes other than the kitchen. Consider using a heavy duty wrought […]

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