Black flowers in the garden provide a moody counterpoint to vibrant hot-hued blooms and dreamy pastels. No living flower is truly jet black; rather, the petals are such a deep shade of maroon, purple, or blue that they appear black. The slightest hint of wine or purple at a flower’s edge adds depth and dimension to black blooms, and make them easier to blend in garden designs than a licorice-black flower.
1. Midnight Poppy
The ‘Midnight’ poppy has all of the mystique of other Oriental poppies, with juicy raisin-toned petals that dazzle on 30-inch stems. The bright green seed capsule surrounded by a frizz of white-tipped stamens serves as a focal point on each bloom. Unlike many hybrid flowers, ‘Midnight’ poppies are available as seed, which means anyone can afford to plant a large stand of these impressive spring bloomers.
2. Black Beauty Pansy
Pansies are extremely freeze-hardy annual plants, which offers a stunning design possibility for those who grow the ‘Black Beauty’ pansy: Can you imagine a gathering of these brooding black blooms nestled between drifts of gleaming white snow? Pansies will even survive a hard freeze, so plant them with abandon up to three months before the last frost in your area, as soon as the garden center makes them available.
3. Nigra Hollyhock
Hollyhocks make a bold statement in any garden, but ‘Nigra’ hollyhocks look almost otherworldly, with their waxy onyx petals held aloft on five-foot stems. The creamy blossom centers seem to act as a landing pad for all types of bees, which adore the flowers and depend on them as a nectar source in the garden.
4. Queen Of Night Tulip
Another heirloom favorite introduced in 1944, ‘Queen of Night’ tulips are truly a plant-it-and-forget-it flower. One of the later tulips to bloom, you can expect to see the flowers appear on 22-inch stalks in mid-May. Spring bulbs like tulips look best when planted en masse. Buy a bag of at least 12, and mix them with a complimentary color like white or lavender.
5. Black Forest Calla Lily
Calla lilies thrive in hot, humid areas, and will grow quickly to form a focal point in your summer container garden. The ‘Black Forest’ cultivar sports midnight blooms with a hint of reddish-wine on the rim, which might help its appeal to hummingbirds.