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