Today, the trend is to experiment with non-trivial combinations and non-standard colors in the garden. For example, plants with black inflorescences. Are black flowers real? All black flowers are original and specific, and it is important for them to be able to select suitable partners and locations. Therefore, this article will not only introduce you to the assortment of plants with slate-black inflorescences but also teach you the intricacies of using such mystical black plants in garden design.
|Common Name||Black flowers|
|Bloom Time||Early spring-summer|
|Flower Color||black, ink, dark purple|
|Hardiness Zones||frost resistance zones 9-10|
|Native Area||distributed in different territories|
|Toxicity||some species in rare cases|
Black flowers in garden design
Of course, no living dramatic flowers are truly black. More often than not, the petals have such a deep shade of burgundy, purple, or blue that they appear almost black in certain lighting conditions.
The motivation for choosing dark flowers for the garden is different for each individual grower and designer. Considering that naturally black flowers, as a rule, are considered rare, for someone such a flower will become a unique gem of the collection. Someone will bet on impressing guests and neighbors with such a curiosity. And someone just wants to add austerity or “mysticism” to their garden.
Black is very easy to combine with different colors and, depending on the color of the accompanying types of black flowers, can be perceived differently. For example, black and white combinations will look stylish and strict, yellow and black – expressive, black and red – solemn, and black and blue refers to mysticism.
It is highly discouraged to create an exclusively black foliage plants garden that combines plants with slate-black flowers or foliage. The slightest wine or purple hue along the edge of the flower, which is most often found in “black” varieties, adds depth to black inflorescences and facilitates their combination with other plants.
The “shading” of the color of inflorescences in a flower garden looks much more effective: from black-leaved plants with almost black petals to burgundy, lilac, and pinkish.
As for the location of black flower beds, then, first of all, it, of course, depends on the exactingness of the selected black flower seeds to the sun. Of course, the need for light intensity for blacks will vary from species to species, but in any case, it is important to keep in mind that most slate black colors look best, at least in partial sun.
A black flower that grows in the shade appears to be just an inconspicuous dark spot. Black plants and flowers reveal their charm only when viewed up close, while in the distance, slate-black plants will simply be lost and will look like a gloomy array.
The best place for black flower beds is in the immediate vicinity of recreation areas. By the way, it is also possible to create pot compositions for balconies and terraces from plants with black petal flowers. For these purposes, suitable annual plants in inky colors, for example, hybrid petunia (Black Velvet, Debonair Black Cherry, Sophistica Blackberry), nemophila “Ladybug”, peony poppy “Black dragon”, morning glory sweet potato with dark purple foliage, etc.
Black flowers can also be used in vertical landscaping. For example among black flower names, “Dark Ice” clematis from the Viticella group has practically black flowers. Some other varieties of clematis also have such deep dark purple or deep purple coloration that they look truly black.
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The parade of dark flower names in the garden will be opened by an original cold-resistant plant called the hellebore, or Wintering (Helleborus). Large flowers up to 7 centimeters in diameter, dark plum color, have such hellebore varieties as “Blue Lady” and “Purpurascens”.
Like most wintering varieties, both varieties are distinguished by charming fluffy light green stamens that bring the flower to life, so that it does not look too gloomy.
The elegant Double Ellen Purple terry hellebore variety evokes associations with a real lady in a black Empire-style dress.
In floriculture, hellebore is valuable primarily because, due to very early flowering, it occupies a niche, when nothing is still blooming in the garden and little is pleasing to the eye. These hardy real black flowers are evergreen and tolerate shady, dry places where little can be grown.
Another notable plant that dissolves almost black flowers in spring is the many-sided bulbous perennial from the lily family – hazel grouse.
Among the numerous varieties of primrose, there are those that bloom “enchanted” dark-colored flowers. Among them are broad-leaved hazel grouse, Mikhailovsky, chess grouse, and some others – they differ in dark purple, almost black petals. And the latter has an original checkered pattern that combines completely dark and slightly lighter squares.
Grouse blooms in April, its flowering duration is about two weeks. The black flower species are very unpretentious, however, when buying planting material, it is important to ensure that it is as fresh as possible, since overdried bulbs may not germinate. In the future, these species of hazel grouse will require minimal care, without regular digging and feeding.
Further, the parade of black perennial flowers will be supported by a charming viola or Pansies. The popular cold-resistant biennial Viola Wittrock has many varieties of black shades.
Pansies are distinguished by a pleasant velvety texture of the petals, which visually makes the dark purple color deeper and almost black. At the same time, a small bright yellow mark in the center of the petals adds expressiveness to each flower.
Viola, grown in a biennial culture, blooms very early, and in some years during its flowering period, recurrent snowfalls can occur. Can you imagine clumps of brooding black flowers among the sparkling white snow? In my opinion, this picture looks really fantastic. Moreover, the cold resistance of the viola will allow it to survive the cold snap without any problems and continue to bloom until mid-summer.
Viola Wittrock has such varieties as “Black Knight”, “Black Crystal”, “Black Moon”. The interesting variety “Brunig” deserves special attention, in which a thin bright yellow border is added to the main black background to enhance expressiveness.
The next to come to the fore is the black tulip, since most varieties of dark leaved plants variety are late flowering. The Tulip Queen of Night has the richest, close-to-black color. This unique variety was bred back in 1944, but it still does not lose its relevance. Due to the late flowering time, the buds of this tulip will open only by mid-late May.
In late spring and early summer, another amazing black-purple flower blooms – oriental poppy. The oriental Midnight poppy is similar in color to prunes. This variety combines all the mystical features of other oriental poppies: huge flowers with juicy petals and a bright green rounded seed pod, surrounded by curly stamens with white anthers, which serves as a focal point on each flower.
Unlike many hybrid flowers, the Midnight poppy is also available as a seed. Like all oriental poppies, this variety has a deep taproot and is difficult to transplant. It is best to initially place the oriental poppy in a sunny location with loose sandy soil, which will contribute to its successful growth and flowering. When the poppy has finished blooming, you can leave the expressive seed pods on the bush or put them in a vase as a dried flower.
Aquilegia, or Catchment
The beginning of summer will mark the flowering of another charming perennial – Aquilegia, or Catchment. Through the efforts of the originators, the rustic aquilegia has appeared in many varieties of the most unusual flower color and even with double inflorescences.
Some varieties of the closest relatives of lilies – daylilies also bloom almost black garden plants. Such varieties of daylily as “Black Stockings”, “Olive Bailey Langdon”, “Whoopi” and “Starling” are distinguished by such “witchcraft” inflorescences. Double and semi-double ink flowers have hybrid daylilies “Boogeyman” and “Voodoo dancer”.
From midsummer until the first frost, the garden will be decorated with strict dahlias, among which you can also find black varieties. The most popular black dahlia “Arabian Night” has medium-sized flowers (up to 10 centimeters). Their dark wine-red color appears almost black in certain lighting conditions.
Extravagant black calla lilies give the impression of mystical “otherworldly” flowers. Callas with almost black maroon or deep purple flowers are represented by a considerable number of varieties. The most popular among them are Schwarzwalder, Odessa, Kantor, Black Star, Las Vegas, and others.
In early August, a very original rare black flower mallow blooms. Many mallows seem to be rustic flowers, which cannot be said about the unique dark-colored Nigra variety.
This plant from the list of black flowers is a real giant, exceeding two meters in height. During the flowering period, the upper part of the bush is literally covered with large flowers with maroon petals with a waxy coating.
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