Have you ever considered planting black flowers in your garden? There are many benefits to this shade including providing a dark backdrop to your foliage, a contrast in the color of your other flowers, and finally, the ease of caring for them.
Learn more about design ideas and general care tips on light and soil for these flowers and how they can add interest to your garden.
Queen of Night
Although optically black, ‘Queen of Night’ tulips are in fact, deep purple or maroon. Embracing dark tulips can add more depth to your landscape so, plant them around the edges of the garden to give your space the optical illusion of receding. Don’t make the mistake of placing your bold blooms in one area as it creates a dark patch it your garden. It’s recommended to spread out the bulbs to bring balance to your landscape. They also do well in pots.
‘Queen of Night’ tulips thrives in full sun and well-draining soil. They bloom in spring in USDA zones 3 to 8. As these tulips are perennials, when blooms have seen their day, simply deadhead your flowers and wait for them to bloom again the following year.
Another beautiful flower to add to your garden is the hollyhock. The deep maroon color of its petals is contrasted with a lighter yellowish center. These tall plants can reach heights of 5 to 8 feet and a spread of roughly 2 feet. The size of these hollyhocks will add interest to your garden or plant them in front of fences for aesthetic appeal.
Hollyhocks like full sun in well-draining soil, but they can also grow in other soil conditions and some shade. The blooming season is from July to August and the ideal climate is in USDA zones 2 to 9.
Fun Fact: Unlike some tulips that have oval petals that point upwards, the petals of hollyhocks spread outward so you can easily see the yellow foliage in their center.
Black Velvet Petunias
Here’s a velvety smooth flower to add to your garden, not only because of its color, but also its texture. Black velvet petunias are perfect choices for flower beds or patio containers. Make sure to mix them with pink, red, and yellow varieties to provide contrast and color. Even better, the gorgeous blooms will attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
This flower thrives in full sun to part shade and protected from dry winds. This flower prefers to be planted in well-draining soil that is loam or sand based.
Fun Fact: The trumpet-shaped petal will surprisingly lighten to purple if the outdoor temperature suddenly drops.
Black-bearded Iris Before the Storm
These irises are dark brown flowers with an orange contrast known as the beard, located on the lower petals. The flower has unique ruffled petals and can grow up to 3 feet in height. The stature of this iris allows you to plant it behind other smaller blooms so that all foliage is different in height and readily visible to all garden lovers.
Irises grow from a rhizome root that is planted during the fall months so the roots can establish before the cold temperature arrives. These dark flowers love 6 to 8 hours of sun per day in well-draining soil.
This bulbous lily is another excellent flower to feature in your garden. It’s characterized by deep, maroon-colored petals that appear black at first glance. The six funnel-shaped petals can reach a height of 3 feet, while displaying tall-standing stems with twisted or spiraled leaves.
When this lily blooms in summer it often has a fragrant scent — another reason to add this lily to your garden!
This flower does well when planted in clay, loam, or sand-based soil in full sun. It’s best to keep their growing conditions moist as well.
Christmas rose is a winter-blooming evergreen flower that is native to highland mountainous areas and the forests of southern and central Europe. It has five cup-shaped petals that are dark maroon with small white flowers in the center.
Why not add these flowers to your garden, especially when they bloom during the winter before your other flowers emerge? This perennial blooms at Christmas time in warmer climates and in February or March in colder areas in its northern range.
Christmas rose prefers moist, rich, and humusy soil in sheltered areas away from the winds, but it can also tolerate dry soil.
There is Light in Darkness
Although these flowers have alternative colors and hues and may be darker than what you are used to having in your garden, they have many benefits. They are eye-catching, striking, rich, and deep in color. Try them as border plants and being contrasting your lighter blooms!
Will you try planting some of these flowers in your garden? Share your favorite in the comments below!