Black Petunias Put A Little Black Magic In Your Garden

 

I know, I know. This petunia doesn't look black at all in the photo. But I promise--when you see it in person, it looks like black velvet!

 

You know what they say about a little black dress. Every woman needs one in her closet.  But black flowers in your garden?? Aren’t black blooms usually dead blooms?

Well, no. I recently found a basket of gorgeous, near-black petunias at our local Home Depot, and they were so velvety and unusual, I just had to bring them home. But they aren’t completely black. It’s hard to find truly black plants, and many are just very deep, dark shades of purple, purple-red, or blue.

I’m telling you that, so when you look at the pictures of my petunias, you won’t wonder what I’m talking about. That’s because my “black” petunias, when photographed in the sunlight, look purple.  But when the light is right, they’re dusky and mysterious and beautifully, velvet-black. Each bloom has a pale yellow star in its throat.

I  don’t know the variety name, or I’d share it.  It’s possible that mine are ‘Pinstripe’ petunias; click here to see for yourself.  I don’t think I have ‘Phantom,’ which is sold by other seed sellers and garden centers, because the yellow markings look too wide.  And here’s a really dark petunia called ‘Black Velvet’ that I’ve heard is hard to find, because it’s still relatively new (it was released in 2010), and in big demand. But I bet if you look around, you can find something similiar.

If a dip into the world of inky plants makes you yearn for more, check out a book called Black Plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden, by Paul Bonine (Timber Press). The author covers black pansies, lilies, agapanthus, hollyhocks (like the ‘Black Watchman’ heirloom hollyhocks in my gardening book), and more, all of which might persuade you that black is the new green.

I’m not ready to convert my garden, with its springlike palette of pale blues, yellows, pinks, and rose-red, to all-black, but it’s fun to try something really different–and you know how we gardeners are. We always want someone to visit and ask, “Where did you get that?”

Lynn & Miss Paws

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Christa says:

    I’m thinking it’s almost time to do the annual switch from pansies to petunias for summer. These look beautiful! I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled at the local flower spots.

    • I love these, just never could make a good pic that showed how dark they really look. My pansies are giving out in the heat already, getting leggy and blooming less, so yep, it’s about time. Good luck finding the black ones!