If you were to come into the flower show where I work, looking for an arrangement, chances are very good that I would gently convince you to let me make a lush, dramatic, and sexy nearly-black bouquet. These deep dark burgundies are looking so good right now, and come Halloween, they'll be perfect for sophisticated (but still spooky) displays.
- Having black orchids around the shop makes me feel like I'm surrounded by bats- they look like they could take flight at any moment. Orchids make a dramatic statement in any color, but the darkest ones are especially attention-getting.
- Purple smokebush looks amazing in a garden, and provides excellent foliage for arrangements.
- Ornamental millet creates vertical interest, and adds a touch of autumn-harvest style.
- Black hellebores are nearly impossible to find cut, but they make magical additions to the garden.
- Black pussywillow is easier to find in the spring, but if you can get it, it looks amazing on its own or in intricate arrangements.
- The dahlias in the Bay Area are out of control right now, with 360-degrees of velvety petals in every color imaginable. The burgundy ones are especially velvety, of course.
- Want to really make an impression? I suggest one perfect dark-as-night calla lily, presented with a smoldering gaze. Practice the gaze at home beforehand.
- Chocolate cosmos are so darling! While most of the plants listed here tend towards the intimidating, chocolate cosmos are dainty, delicate, and full of woodland sweetness.
- Last year, Garden Design Magazine featured their favorite (Almost) Black Plants, and I tore out the article to save in my gardening notebook. I want them all, but the blue-green-purple-black sweet potato vine in the first image is my favorite. It would look sensational trailing off the side of an arrangement.
Any other favorites?
Images: 1. allexperts.com 2. The Oregonian 3. Park Seed 4. A Way To Garden 5. Stony Point Flowers 6. Dahlia Barn 7. Lakeside Callas 8. Rural Modern Home 9. Andrew Bordwin for Garden Design Magazine