Paula Atwell

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Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden

With one of the newest and most fashionable garden trends, creating gardens full of lovely black and dark purple flowers, a new guide has come along that will help you getting started making a gothic garden or just adding several accent plants to your existing garden. These dark lovelies are naturally black or dark purple, […]

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What Makes the Black Devil Pansy Ideal for Gothic Gardens?

A Black Devil Pansy is a plant with black flowers that have a yellow center surrounded by pure black petals. The cold hardiness of this biennial flower allows it to grow in just about any location in the United States. Once this plant has established in the flowerbed in early spring then the new plants […]

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Adorable Touch of Nature Fairy Garden Furniture

A fairy garden can be a cute designated spot within a regular garden area, or can have its own designated area such as a container. With pint sized plants and miniature furnishings and accessories, a fairy garden is about as cute as it gets. Both children and adults love these tiny fantasy gardens that add […]

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Black Shrubs, Bushes, and Plants

Updated for 2017 When planning a Victorian black garden, gothic garden, or a regular garden in which you want some darker, more intense looking plants, opt for black plants and shrubs along with black flowers and vegetable plants. Non-flowering plants and shrubs can be a great addition to any black themed garden, or a striking […]

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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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