The plant breeders have been trying to develop black plants without much success.
Here are some of the plants in Our Garden@19 from the 'Dark Side'.
The Black seeds of the Myrtus communis growing in the sunshine in the front garden are on a special plant. I purchased it during a visit to Great Dixter and foliage from it was used by Mary in Rachel's wedding bouquet. Myrtle has long been used in wedding bouquets to symbolise love.
Queen Victoria had some in her bouquet which was then planted and sprigs from that bush have been used in all Royal wedding bouquets since.
Phyllostachys nigra greets you as you enter the Oriental Garden...
...with its shiny black stems...
...under planted with Opheapogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'.
Acer palmatum 'Pixie' glows with lovely red young foliage turning almost black as it matures.
Lunaria annua 'Rosemary Verey' leaves have now lost their spotted look and turned almost black.
A similar strain is L. annua 'Chedglow' which can be seen by visiting Anna at Greentapestry:
Euphorbia 'Blackbird' grows in pots along with Violas...
Ajuga reptans 'Atropurpurea' provides dark ground cover with pretty blue flowers in the spring.
A new shrub last autumn is Hydrangea quercifolium 'Burgundy', which is certainly living up to its name.
Pittosporum 'Tom Thumb' with its 'bad-dose-of-the-measles' look was the inspiration for this post which came from Cathy at Rambling in the Garden...
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