9 black plants for the garden

Black plants are rare in the plant world, which is also why they surprise us. Jet black, dark purple, ebony black ...

It is sometimes the leaves, flowers or twigs that display a dark tint. Discover our selection of black plants for the garden!

To discover :

  • A yellow garden
  • A red garden
  • A purple garden
  • An orange garden

Perennials with black leaves


Its long, narrow linear leaves reveal a very pronounced black. Forming small dark tufts, it gives depth to the beds. It likes cool, drained soil and prefers a partially shaded location. It will form a beautiful contrast to a white flowering perennial such as arabis or anemones.

Purple basil

We know well the green basil that accompanies our “mozzarella tomatoes” every summer. Its tangy and gently spicy flavor is very popular in cooking. But did you know that there are many varieties of basil?

Among them, the purple basil! It has the same silhouette as the commonly cultivated basil, except that it is adorned with a very dark purple shade, bordering on black.

her taste is a little more peppery, like her dress. Why not combine it with other varieties of this aromatic in a planter? "Lemon", "Cinnamon", "Licorice" or "Thai" basil promise tasty dishes. Place them in the sun and in cool soil.

Heuchera ‘Black Pearl’

Its round, evergreen leaves with wavy contours form a dense cushion. This cultivar features black foliage with light purple tints and purple underside. These are just reflections since the plant can boast a rather rare intense black. It thrives in partial shade or shade, in light, rich soil. You can associate it with varieties of hostas with golden-green leaves that will only enhance the black of the euchère.

Plants with black flowers

Viola ‘F1 Sorbet Black Delight’

They flower flower beds, flower beds and planters. Violets offer small, single, solid or multicolored flowers. The cultivar that interests us is distinguished by plain petals, covered with black velvet and with a yellow heart. This floor-covering perennial flowers several times between March and December. Place it in rich, cool, drained soil, in the sun or partial shade.

Iris germanica ‘Ghost Train’

Probably one of the darkest irises, wearing a black velvet robe. From May to June, its flowers appear, open and wavy with light blue reflections. Favor a sunny, warm and rather dry location for this perennial. Pair it with other irises like the 'Blue Crusader' whose intense blue color will enhance the black variety.

Black Persian fritillary

Culminating at 90cm in height, this perennial reveals large black floral stems with purple reflections. This bulbous perennial thrives in the sun in a well-drained substrate. Its erect stems, topped with lanceolate leaves, have a decorative blue-green color even when the plant is not in bloom. You can install it in a rock garden or a bed mixing perennials, annuals and grasses.

Note also the black hollyhock, as beautiful as it is intriguing.

Black trees and shrubs

Phormium cookianum ‘Black adder’

This variety has long, narrow black leaves that form fan-shaped tufts. Measuring up to 1.20m, the leaves have a very dark purple color, very close to black. This plant offers long, flexible and graphic leaves in a mild climate. Indeed, it tolerates down to -7 ° C in cold climates. Install it in a pot that you will store in winter. The Phormium appreciates a drained and rich soil and a sunny exposure.

Black bamboo

In the bamboo department, one variety stands out for its ebony black canes contrasting with soft green foliage. This is the Phyllostachys nigra which appreciates a deep and rich soil, a partially shaded or sunny position. Slow growing, this sucker variety can be cultivated in a container.

Hydrangea macrophylla Zorro

This hydrangea variety is very decorative thanks to black twigs, green leaves and blue flowers. It blooms from July to October and reveals flowers with flat heads of a very bright mauve blue. It then highlights an original black wood. Like all Hydrangeas, this cultivar appreciates cool, rich, acidic and drained soil. You can place it in the shade or part shade.

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