Now that it’s October, I’m ready for the holidays, starting with Halloween. You may have your place, like ours, decorated for fall, but what about your garden? Here are 10 black plants for a spooky garden to add to your outside space.
Since many places are getting cooler this time of year, make sure to check your garden zone to see if you can grow all of these plants. Make sure to use the use potting soil for plants in containers, or ground soil for plants that will grow in the ground of your garden.
Give your plants plenty of water and fertilize once they are settled in their new growing area. Enjoy creating your spooky garden with these black plants!
Coleus ‘Black Prince’
This small, leafy plant produces dark red/purple, almost black leaves. This type of coleus makes a great border plant. Place a few in containers as a spooky invitation on your front porch for your guests.
This beautiful succulent grows rosettes that are red, brown, and black in color, with green centers. Small, yellow flowers bloom in the summer and fall. These make great container plants by themselves or with a mixture of other succulents.
Moulin Rouge Sunflower
Sunflowers are a popular plant that most enjoy. The Moulin Rouge sunflower grows gorgeous petals that are deep red with a black center. These would look great grown with other colorful sunflowers or other plants.
Colocasia ‘Black Magic’
This tropical plant grows best in warmer climates. This plant is a type of elephant ear, which grows huge black leaves. Add this colocasia to a tropical garden or with other leafy plants to add variety and dimension.
Queen of Night Tulips
These tulips really stand out with their dark red, almost black petals against their green foliage. Grow with other tulips in different colors for a rainbow effect. You can also grow these with other dark colored plants that differ in size and bloom.
Black Calla Lillies
A popular black calla lilly is the “black star”. The petals of these lillies are dark purple to black in color. Use along the border in your garden. These are also great to grow in containers for urban gardeners like myself or those who want to decorate their porches with these beautiful flowers.
Cosmos are a popular spring and summer flowers. If you live in a mild area, add chocolate cosmos to your spooky garden. These maroon colored flowers are not only eye-catching, they smell like chocolate as well. Cosmos grow well in containers and in ground soil with other plants.
Black pansies come in dark purple and black with yellow centers. Add to your garden or containers with yellow and orange flowers for a festive combination!
Black petunias are dark red colored flowers that would make a great addition to your spooky garden. Combine with black pansies and other dark colored plants in a pot, or add to garden borders as a festive addition.
Black Mondo Grass
This unusual pigmented grass is great for a filler in your garden. Black mondo grass also grows well in containers. Grow with black flowers or other types of foliage for an interesting pot.
Are you going to add any of these plants to your garden soon? Or have other black plants in mind to add for a spooky garden? Let me know in the comments section below!
Sarah - Insecure Housewife says
I had no idea there were so many black plants out there – but I probably should have known it because nature is amazing that way. I can just imagine a garden planted with a variety of these plants plus a few pops of colors like oranges or even purples to make an amazing spooky fall garden. It makes me wish I could actually have a garden in the fall instead of pulling out my garden to make way for winter.
There are many more black plants than are on this list. I think adding orange and purple plants with these would make them look even more festive this time of year! I would hate to not have a garden all year long. We are definitely spoiled here in So Cal!
Aren’t they! These black plants will make any fall garden look great!
You open my eyes to beauty. So very lovely . Great year
Thank you very much!