An Alameda Garden: Gardening in Black and White

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Gardening in Black and White

I've been thinking about re-doing the small memorial garden I created for my cat, B.H., and I hit upon the idea of making it a black-and-white garden (since he was a black-and-white cat). The white part is fairly easy, and I've been surprised to see how many plants have been introduced recently with black flowers or foliage. I could choose from hollyhocks, iris, callas, and more, but before I go nuts buying from catalogs, I thought I'd put the question out there: What black or white plants (flowers or foliage) have you had success with? This site gets afternoon sun and it's not very big--maybe 2' deep by 3' wide. So please, give me your best suggestions--or warnings.


  1. So sorry to hear about your cat. I did a series of posts about black in the garden for the Garden Blogger's Design Workshop sponsored by the gang at Gardening Gone Wild
    There are four posts showing black foliage and flowers or black in the name in my garden in TN.
    Frances at Faire Garden

  2. This is a fantastic idea! And what a wonderful tribute to a beloved pet. I hope you find some black ideas. I'm sorry I don't have any to offer but will keep you in mind if I run onto any. Good luck. Keep us posted.

  3. :( Sorry about your kitty.

    I have several black flowers in my garden. In the spring Queen of Night tulips. They start out dk purple but after a week when the light is just right you would swear they were black.

    See these two posts for photos

    I also have 2 varieties of black iris' and an almost black rose called Midnight Blue.

    I think against the right back drop these flowers a a knock out.

  4. Jan,

    Thanks for the links--you're right, the black tulips are a great idea. I also enjoyed reading in your post from the second link about the book The Black Tulip. Sounds intriguing!



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