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Planting Bulbs

As the days of summer begin to wind down and the kids go back to school, it’s time to start thinking about fall planting. If you’ve been thinking about planting bulbs that will bloom into beautiful flowers next spring, now is the time to start making some decisions about which plants to add. For those […]

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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 Mondo Grass

Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’, more commonly known as Black Mondo Grass, is a small evergreen perennial that provides stunning contrast to the garden or container planting. This plant produces a dense, purplish-black grass-like foliage that looks great in borders, edgings, and as part of a mixed container planting. Because of its stunning dark color, Black Mondo […]

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Superstition Iris

Looking to add a plant to your garden that has rich eye popping color and that is a bit on the mysterious side? Look no further than the Superstition Iris. This is a beautiful flower with dark purple-black ruffled falls and bluish-purple beards. These flowers are sure to add a touch of elegance and mystery […]

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Black Barlow Columbine is Gothic in Appearance

A great addition to any gothic garden is the Aquilegia vulgaris var stellata, or Black Barlow Columbine.  Black Barlow Columbine not only is black to deep purple, but it also has spiky petals that add to its gothic appearance. To get the best results with Black Barlow Columbine, grow plants in partial shade, but where […]

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Antique Hydrangea Charcoal Flower

The Antique Hydrangea Charcoal flower comes from the hydrangea shrub. Hydrangea shrubs are an old fashioned favorite that produce massive ball shaped flowers. These flowers may appear to be one large, globe shaped flower, but in reality are clusters of smaller flowers with four petals. The common flower colors in hydrangea shrubs are white, pink, […]

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Chocolate Cosmos

Cosmos atrosanguineus, or Chocolate Cosmos, is a tuberous perennial featuring deep maroon colored flowers with velvety looking petals and a chocolate brown colored center. The Chocolate Cosmos grows fairly fast in full sun conditions with regularly weekly watering. Water may be needed more often in extremely hot or dry conditions. They will grow to be […]

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Disporum, Night Heron

Night Heron, also known as Disporum cantoniense, is an unusual flower that originates from seeds collected in Sichuan, China. These black flowers are also sometimes referred to as Chinese fairy bells. Night Heron (Disporum) will emerge from the ground in the spring as purplish-black stems that resemble asparagus plants. These stems may reach heights from […]

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Hellebore, Onyx Odyssey

The Onyx Odyssey Hellebore is a flower that was introduced in the year 2008 by breeder Marietta O’Byrne. These flowers are about three inches wide and feature full, double flowers with approximately fifteen to twenty petals per flower, giving them an almost fluffy appearance. The Hellebore is a downward facing flower that will bloom for […]

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