Gothic garden planning: 5 black blooms worth braving the sun for

By on Feb 6th

Black Parrot Tulip

Photo by Lynn_El. Used with permission.

As I dove into garden-planning season, I came across this breathtaking flower: the Black Parrot tulip.

Now, I know it's too late to plant tulips, but that doesn't stop me from fantasizing about these. They look dangerous and deadly and I looove them. They fill my mind with ideas, which is the storied power of a good garden.

Happily, the Black Parrot led me down a rabbit hole of other dark plants — the kind of vegetation that might convince even the palest of goths to slather on sunscreen and get into the garden.

Y'all ready for this?

Black hollyhock © by greengardenvienna, used under Creative Commons license.

Black hollyhocks! Oh! I have these in MY garden! Easy to grow, and once propagated need only a little attention — they're quite tall and often need staking.

Black Viola © by Just chaos, used under Creative Commons license.

Black violas are an easy-to-grow, small, beautiful, EDIBLE (!!!) flower, perfect for garnishing your black-hearted summer salads

Nemophila - snowstorm © by MShades, used under Creative Commons license.

The black Nemophila is a U.S.-native wildflower, beautifully black and white.

Not all of the above blooms would make it in a warmer climate (I'm a USDA Zone 5), so for those of you more interested in succulents, I have saved one of my favorite finds:

Black Succulent © by mikecogh, used under Creative Commons license.

The black rose tree. It looks like a sculptural interpretation of alien plants, and I LOVE it.

In the coming weeks you can also look forward to posts on carnivorous plants, night-bloomers, and more ideas for your offbeat garden.

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About Cat Rocketship

I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things.