A Guide To Gothic Garden Flowers For A Nightmare-Free Garden
Like many things in life, your garden and flowers are all about balance. Colour combinations can be beautiful, but in a rainbow world, you need black to balance it out. Looking at more darker toned flowers, we have found selection of gothic wonders that will colours blend harmoniously together. From exotic breeds to garden classics, what we have for you here is a guide to some of the most beautiful and breath-taking gothic flowers. Here is A Guide To Gothic Garden Flowers For A Nightmare-Free Garden.
Botanical Name: Clematis Taiga
Nominated for the Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year Award 2017, check out this beautiful Clematis that thinks it is a Passion Flower! The Clematis Taiga is hardy Climbing Tiger Clematis that produces exotic looking purple blooms. Being a climber, it would look perfect free flowering up fences, trellis and more. Imagine it framing a pathway climbing over an arch, creating the perfect gateway into your dark little gothic garden.
Botanical Name: Rosa Meidebenne
Sadly for us dark horticulturist, there is no such thing as a black rose. The closest you can get to a black rose is a modern breed called the Baccara Rose. This Exotic, dark and mysterious looking flower is a dark red colour with velvety petals, which appears almost black. Originally bred for the cut flower market, this theatrical beauty will produce large luxurious, black looking blooms for your garden.
Botanical Name: Dahlia ‘Black Narcissus’
There are many different types of Dahlia but one of the most intriguing is the Black Narcissus Dahlia . The Narcissus have an almost haunting beauty having the “blackest” of colours within in the family. They have spiky tuber-like flowers which will truly put drama into any border, thanks to it’s huge size and striking looks.
Panda-Face “Ling Ling” Ginger flower
Botanical name: Asarum maximum ‘Ling Ling’
Want a truly unusual flower? Look no further than the Panda-Face “Ling Ling” Ginger flower. The Ling Ling is a compact evergreen bearing heart-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves, but it’s during the spring that it’s true gothic charm emerges. This Asian perennial ginger grows trumpet-shaped, dark maroon flowers, that each bare a white-banded center. This dark little treat is the perfect thing for your borders.
Botanical Name: Tacca chantrieri
A catchy name with a unique aesthetic, this exotic plant will be the pride of your Garden of Darkness. Tacca chantrieri is a species of flowering plant in the yam family that has a strangely surreal look. These remarkable jungle plants offer a one-of-a-kind appearance that is bound to cause a stir thanks to it’s dark, exotic flowers that are said to resemble the wings of a bat. Blooms are may be black, brown or purplish and the plant sports striking “whiskers” that are sure to be a real conversation starter.
Black Heart Vine
Botanical Name: Ipomoea batatas
Black Heart Vine is a vining annual that’s actually an edible sweet potato, but is mostly grown as grown as an ornamental plant for use in post and hanging gardens. What makes this plants the perfect for your gothic garden is the plants dramatic heart-shaped rosy-black foliage that can deepen to a dark green/black colour in the summer.
Iris ‘Hello Darkness’
Botanical Name: Iris germanica
If you’re looking for something that commands attention in your garden, this multiple award-winning Iris ‘Hello Darkness’ is a beautiful beast that will be sure to melt your heart. Being one of the darkest types of iris, the Darkness produces velvety, purple-black, ruffled flowers that rise high up into your garden to create a truly stunning landscape.
Botanical Name: Viola ‘Molly Sanderson’
Molly Sanderson is a compact, clump-forming perennial with ovate to heart-shaped dark green leaves but from spring into autumn, it blooms into a sprout of darkly delicious black flowers, each with a tiny, yellow eye. These little beauties will create a carpet of tiny little cat eyes that will look striking against darker greens.
Petunia Black Velvet
Botanical Name: Petunia Balpevac
The Black Velvet Petunia is a bushy, upright annual that produces very dark purple-black flowers up to 5cm across from early summer until the frosts. These beautiful velvet looking plants are as luxurious as they are gothic, and would make the perfect plant to darken up your garden. Petunia are furious growers though, so they are probably better suited to planters and hanging gardens.
Night Sky Petunia
Botanical Name: Kleph15313
A great option to go with the Black Velvet is the striking purple colours given from the Night Sky Petunia. The beautiful offerings have may well be one of the most distinctive in the petunia family. With the white spots that look like an ever-changing star constellation, Petunia Night Sky is sure to be a show-stopper.
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