It’s no secret that one of my favorite colors in the garden is black. It’s pretty hard to find plants that have true black foliage (most are more like maroon), but here are some that come pretty close.
And just in time for Halloween!
But it’s the ‘Blackbeard’ selection that has even wider, strappier foliage in deeper shades of coal.
And it’s the perfect color to highlight a little praying mantis, too!The delicate pink flowers of both the Sambucus and Cecil Brunner rose contrast so nicely with the jet black foliage of ‘Black Lace’.
This variety holds its color throughout the summer, too, and comes into its full glory in the fall with its 4-foot long gently arching branches.
Its one that I always try and plant in my client’s gardens, whether its in a container or in the ground. People are always surprised at how happy phormiums are in containers, too.
The moment its lance-shaped leaves emerge in early spring the excitement starts. A crescendo is reached in mid-summer when the towering 6′ plant is covered with airy, white blooms that last for months.
Truly one of my favorites in the garden.
It’s so easy to care for, too – just cut it back in the fall and new shoots will emerge almost immediately.
When provided with partial sun, this variety will hold its chalky black color throughout the year.
Towering to 5-feet and covered with airy white puffs of flowers in the summer, this plant gives your garden bed a powerful punch.
Anyone care to help?
** Update! Debra Lee Baldwin just informed me that this is Dyckia ‘Cherry Cola’ with angry leaves lined with little knives on either side. So be careful where you plant this one!
For information on how to effectively use black foliage in the garden, check out this wonderful post written by Genevieve Schmidt at North Coast Gardening!