In pigment, black contains all colors. In light, black is the absence of all color. In plants, true black proves difficult to come by: Most so-called black flowers or foliage actually are very dark purple, brown or burgundy.
But a few plants have ebony black flowers or foliage.
If black flowers and foliage bring to mind morbidity, the Addam’s Family, or depressing Gothic gardens, you’ll be surprised to note that black gardens are the brightest trend this season.
Georgia O’Keeffe found inspiration in these dark beauties when she painted ‘Jack in the Pulpit’ and ‘Black and White Petunias.’
My article in yesterday’s Grow section of The Denver Post includes 5 Easy Species of Black Flowers.
For black foliage, try these:
• Black Mondo Grass (A slow grower produces pale pink flowers and black berries.)
• Pennisetum Graceful Grasses Vertigo (new this year)
• Colocasia Black Magic (Taro)
• Coleus Dark Star
• Ipomoea batatas Blackie (sweet potato vine)
• Elephant ears Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’
• Echevaria ‘Black Prince’
• Phyllostachys nigra ‘Black Bamboo’
Colleen Smith’s debut novel Glass Halo, set in Denver, was a finalist for the Santa Fe Literary Prize and was praised in the latest issue of The Bloomsbury Review. The novel is available online and through your favorite bookstore.
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