Black Plants

persian shield

Persian shield and Sweet potato vine ‘Garnet Lace’

Black (and deep purple and maroon) plants give you everything: high impact, drama, mystery, and sophistication. They’re an easy way to add a focal point where you need one, and they intensify the colors of everything around them. All of these photos were taken in the gardens at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, IL.

dahlia mystic illusion

Dahlia ‘Mystic Illusion’ mass planting in front of a green hedge. This variety doesn’t need to be staked.

sambuca black lace

Sambuca ‘Black Lace’ (Sambucus nigra). It looks like a Japanese Maple, but it’s an actually an Elderberry!

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Persian shield with Coleus


A single black coleus adds depth and cools down this hot group.

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