Black plants are fascinating to me. The color of death and dying is the antithesis of the green life of the garden. The black-ness of an eggplant (aubergine for you Brits) never ceases to amaze me, I truly could marvel at its blackness and lose minutes in the garden.
I have always been fascinated with black plants – I even used them extensively in a show garden I designed for Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in 2002. (You’ve asked for pictures… and I promise to someday show you, but they are on a defunct computer, and quite a project to retrieve).
15 Beautiful Black Plants that will add contrast and intrigue to your Garden
More Black plant inspiration
There are so many (too many to list!) varieties of black plants. If you are interested in these dark beauties, there are some great places for inspiration. First, Flickr has a group for black plants that is populated with about 300 pictures; all the images above are from there. Additionally there is a new book, Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden by Paul Bonine. It’s a small volume, but full of beautiful photography of these lovely specimens. A great choice for inspiration or even a coffee table book….to fascinate even the non horticulturally minded among us.
I also have a collection of other posts about adding new plants to your planting design as well as advice for how to use black plants in your garden. They are esciting and interesting as singluar specimenis, but they also can help to elinven your whole design.