Since it's getting dark earlier each day I thought maybe we could show some of our darkest plants whether they be tulips, irises, trees like Copper Beech, perennials like Actea, dark sedums or near black roses.
Mmmm, love dark plants, mostly dark bronze colored I guess they would be, the challenge is to set them off so they show nicely with other plants, I'm not always that good at it. Lime and dark are my favorite combos, pirl, I know you do that combo well from past pictures!
Black monda grass and Echeveria 'Black Prince'
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Calif_Sue Northern California United States (Zone 9a)
Love them all!
Sorry, when I popped that one in, I didn't know you were in the middle of posting, should have checked the time but I was just going to bed and thought of that rose.
Hope someone else pipes in here soon and shares some Sept. darks.
I don't think they have to be September darks. Dig through your photos and find some more from before. I have some cool black(ish) irises, but I can't find the photos. Your Schwarzkopf is gorgeous, Sue.
I spotted some dark sweet potato vine, Jo Ann. Yesterday I cut mine up because it was beginning to block the steps to the kitchen. I'm trying to root the pieces. Has anyone had success with doing that?
yep its in full sun on concrete and seldome watered. I have another in a container thats much happier and nearly at the ground.
Our season is shorter here so If this is a "Sweetpotatovine contest"
I'll concede now
Calif_Sue Northern California United States (Zone 9a)
Bet my garden is smaller! I pull them after a year. Last year I let two over winter, they were a pain to pull out, the roots went too deep and wide. Only poisonous if you eat the seeds that look like beans. I have small dogs, never had a problem but I try not to let the seeds over ripen and only let them mature if i plan on collecting them.
I hope I can butt in here. I was just taking a break from planting dayliles and came upon this thread. Have to say that I've never seen so many beautiful flowers - all of them. I didn't even know that there were roses out there that gorgeous. WOW
I'll have to get a photo tomorrow of our castor plant. I just threw the seed head across the fence and didn't care what happened to it so, of course, I have this monster plant but the clematis, Henryi, seems to enjoy it.
I just knew someone would ask so I looked it up.
It is Jewel baby , I read on the iris forum some did not like it because it has the extra petals often.
I know there is a technical name for ''extra ''petals but the name escapes me now.
I just like the color and do not mind the unusual flower.
Pirl, Great idea for a thread.
Calif_Sue, Love the Aeonium 'Schwarzkopf I have wanted one of those for a long time. Oh, that Spiced Tiger bearded iris, swoon.
Zuzu, Those roses are just beautiful especially love the Tradescant.
Gardengus, I just love mini iris that Jewel baby is a beauty. I was just out checking out the Tri-color Beeches in our area. I wanted to see how they look by the end of summer. I have quite a few dark plants I start off with this Jack in the Pulpit ‘Arisaema Speciosum’
It's a beautiful plant the leaves are huge and have a very interesting shape. I ordered it from the calla lily co-op it came from Pacific Calla. Almost gave it away after I realized that it's listed as not hardy for my zone, so glad I changed my mind.
This Persion Shield is from last summer, sorry to say I never did get one this year. They were hard to find and I waited a bit too long to go looking.
Well, my camera seems to have died, so can't get any pics now, but I do have a few from earlier in the season. This Lily is the darkest I have, it's either Ebony or Dimension from Faraway Flowers- I had both, lost one, and now am not sure which is left. They both are very dark and sultry.
'Black Jack' Sedum is a good performer for me. Its in bloom now, the blooms are providing that nice contrast of pink/mauve with the dark leaves, but my favorite was when these hardy Geraniums were in bloom with it.
ge1836, The Jack in the Pulpit ‘Arisaema Speciosum’? Yes, it bloomed earlier this summer and the foliage is just dying back now. Since it isn't hardy I grew it in a pot which I set in one of the shade gardens. Hopefully I will have luck overwintering the bulb but I expect to get a few more of these as I loved the plant. I really don't have any good pics with the foliage but this will give you an idea.
Holly Ann - is that hosta Niagara, behind the heuchera?
I do love the dark heucheras and the lighter ones, like Peach Melba and Creme Brulee definitely do not like my garden. The "curly" dark ones are my favorites, like Purple Petticoat: they just don't always photograph well.
Love everybody's darks, btw. They're beautiful! I always seem to go for the brights when I'm at the nursery, but lust for the gorgeous darks when I see them in photos. I really do need to treat the nursery like the grocery store... make a list before I go so I don't want to get everything I see!
Calif_Sue, Thanks, Those are my old work boots. I spent 32 years working in a warehouse wearing steel toed work boots. I wore those for the last 2 years before I retired. Last summer they were nicely stuffed but they are looking a bit bare this year. Next spring I will add a few more sedums.
Thanks, It has some very nice plants in it. I belong to a Hobby Greenhouse Assoc. and it was a summer project at our annual picnic. Everyone brought plant starters to share and there was a great variety of plants. I hope I will be able to maintain it over the winter. I did two of them this one with the sedums and another with hosta, ivy, impatiens, squill and lobelia.
I wanted to post another pic of my birdbath pond with the perilla. I didn't have room to put this pot of taro in the ponds so I just sat it here next to this pond and I really love the look of the large smooth leaves against the dark curly leaves of the perilla. I also have a green and white variegated grass growing not too far away that fits in nicely with the color combo, too.
This was another nice surprise that I have been enjoying all summer long. Last spring when I planted pansies I wasn't even sure of most of the colors as many of them didn't have buds yet. I just love this dark purple pansy against the lighter (might be ginger ale) heuchera. Besides the color combo this one along with several other pansies have been blooming all summer long, very unusual for our area.
What beautiful begonias. I love begonias but have only just started growing them.
You are right Calif_Sue something lime green to match the center would be very nice. The golden moneywort would trail nicely over the edge of the pot Pirl.
BTW, Ric loves the duck. LOL
Can plants w/ dark spots be included? here is a manfreda. I'm not straight on the correct botanical name. It is a low maintenance plant, which I have potted in full sun, getting water...whenever it falls from the sky. This was a little plant from a coop a few years back. Has filled out nicely. Requires no winter protection in my area but it does get ratty.
Persian Shield was doing beautifully in a pot in a hosta garden with just a bit of morning sun. The pot had fallen over but the plant was doing terrific. Then along came the winds and I tried turning the pot to the correct position and found it had rooted itself in the ground so I ended up breaking all those roots. Now it's back in good shape after flooding it for a few days.
I am trying to decide if I want to bring one of the Black Pearls in as a house plant. I would have to dig it up and pot it. I did put several in pots near my gazebo with the patio tomatoes but those didn't do near as well. They are much smaller but would have to be uprooted as well so I might as well bring in a larger plant. I am also trying to decide what to do about my coleus, take cuttings and try to keep them or just let those go. Too many pretty plants to leave freeze and too many pretty plants to bring inside. How about a few darker Caladiums