Black flowers and plants are a gardener’s dream, especially to those growing a gothic garden or a Victorian black garden. While no flower is truly black in color, some varieties come so close with their deep, rich shades of burgundies, reds, and purple hues that they appear black. Here we take a look at some of the new black plants for 2015, as well as some older favorites that make the perfect addition to a black garden.
NEW Black Flower and Plant Selections
Hellebore, Red Racer
A velvety, deep scarlet colored claret flower that blooms in late winter and early spring. Petals are so dark that they work well in a black garden theme. Foliage first appears a deep burgundy color, then matures to a deep, green color. The Hellebore works well in shady locations and are perfect for beds and borders. Each plant is around 18 to 20 inches tall and spreads a width of 18 to 20 inches. Thrives in growing zones 4 through 8. Plants are very deer resistant.
Blackberry, Prime-Ark Freedom PPAF
If looking for fruit bearing black plants, this blackberry variety is a primocane, thornless version that in some locations will actually produce fruit in both the early spring and again in the fall. Fruits produced have a very large size, are resistant to disease, have a deep, rich purple-black color, and taste great. A self-fertile plant that requires little attention, it makes a great addition to any home garden in growing zones 6 through 8. Requires full sun and will grow around 5 to 6 feet tall. Primocane means that berries are produced on both old and new branches each growing season.
Heuchera, Blackout PP
For black plants that can be used as groundcover, this plant features very dark, glossy rounded leaves that appear to be almost black in color. Perfect for shady garden locations, with dark leaves throughout the growing season. Highly resistant to deer. A perennial that grows well in zones 4 through 8.
Magnolia, Black Tulip PPAF
These compact tree flowers bloom in the spring and produce purplish-black flowers in the form of six inch, goblet shaped blooms. New-Zealand bred, this tree grows best in full sun and requires little pruning. Grows to a height of around eleven and a half feet tall in growing zones 5 through 9.
Currant, Ben Sarak, Black Mid-Season
Plant these deciduous shrubs in full or partial sun in growing zones 3 through 7. Grows to around three feet high and produces conjuring pendant clusters of tasty, large, black berries. A self-fertile and disease resistant variety where fruits can be used in jams, jellies, and wines, as well as eaten directly from the shrub.
Other Black Flowers and Plants
Tulip, Queen Of The Night
One of the most popular black flowers available due to its super dark purple coloring, the exotic looking Queen of the Night tulip is a true springtime beauty. Blooms in late spring and prefers full sun or partial sun. Looks stunning when used in beds, borders, or when cut and placed in fresh floral arrangements. Grows well as a perennial in zones 4 through 8.
Eggplant, Black Beauty
Looking for black plants that also provide vegetables? The Black Beauty eggplant is a stunning rich purple color that looks virtually black, as well as being a Burpee favorite for over 100 years! Prefers full sun and produces fruit that ripens much faster than other varieties. Sow seeds indoors for best results.
Fig, Black Mission
If you’re wanting a tree that bears black fruits, the Black Mission fig tree is the perfect choice. Plant in a sunny location in zones 7 through 10 in a place that can accommodate a tree that reaches 10 to 40 feet tall. Produces delicious purple-black fig that are packed with vitamins and perfect for snacking or making homemade jams and jellies. Fruits are pear-shaped with deep purple outsides and red insides.
Tomato, Black Cherry
This heirloom cherry tomato variety bears clusters of deep red one inch tomatoes with a deep red, almost blackish hue. Yields plenty of rich, juicy, sweet tomatoes, perfect for summer gardens and dinner tables. Fits in well with other black flowers and black plants.
Elephant Ear, Black
This is a tropical accent plant with large, very dark purple leaves on stems of three to four feet tall. Great for beds, containers, and borders in sunny locations. Works well for those striving for a tropical look, or for those who desire black plants for a gothic or Victorian black garden theme. Planted as a bulb that should be placed 12 to 18 inches apart from each other.
Centaurea, Black Sprite PPAF
This perennial has purplish-black blooms that resemble spidery starbursts and gray-green silvery foliage. Perfect black flowers for a gothic garden theme due to the spider-like appearance. Grows well in full sun and well drained soil conditions in zones 3 through 9. Drought tolerant and grows to be 12 to 14 inches tall.
Aronia Melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry)
This plant blooms with white flowers in the spring, only to produce black berries in the fall of the year. Chokeberries are delicious and packed full of Vitamin C, and anthocyanins. Makes a great border plant and prefers full sun in growing zones 3 through 8. Grows to be 4 to 5 feet tall.
Raspberry, Jewel PP
These black raspberries are a super deep shade of purple and grow on vigorous upright plants that produce large, firm berries. A hardy plant that grow well in sunny locations in zones 5 through 8. Grows to be around four to five feet tall and is disease resistant.
Petunia, Black Cat
An exclusive from Burpee, the Black Cat is the world’s only “black” petunia. The velvety looking petunias make a great addition to beds, borders, or containers and thrive in full sun. Early blooming plants with mound appearance that grow to about 12 inches tall.
Tomato, Black Krim Heirloom Organic
This is a very dark maroon beefsteak tomato of medium size that possesses a rich tomato flavor. Skin appears a deep reddish-black and fruits weigh approximately 8 ounces each. Thrives in full sun. This variety originated in Crimea, a peninsula in the Black Sea, but now you can add it as a welcome addition to other black flowers and black plants.
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