October is here, and if you’re looking to add a little spookiness to your garden, you may want to consider some black flowers. These blooms have a unique appearance and serve as a wonderful contrast to your brightest blooms. Check out 13 black flowers that can set the tone in your haunted garden. Enjoy!
Black Blooms for Your Spooktacular Garden
Bat Flower: Take one look at the bat flower and you’ll see how it got its name. The bracts of this flower make it look like a bat flying through the night sky. Bat flowers grow best in warm climates or indoors. They need to be in rich, well-drained soil and require partial sunlight.
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Dahlia: The petals of an “Arabian Night” dahlia are dark red but give the illusion of being black. Its appearance is made all the more distinctive due to its inward-curling petals. These blooms flourish in a warm climate. They require well-drained soil and full sunlight with some shade later in the day.
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Calla Lily: When you think of calla lilies, you may picture a pure white flower. However, that’s not the case with a variety called “Black Star.” The spathe of this flower is a deep purple, but it looks black, especially in the shade. These flowers love a warm climate and require full sunlight as well as a supply of rich, loose soil. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance flower to add to your garden, then this may be your best bet.
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Tulip: A “Queen of the Night” tulip may turn out to be the queen of your “spooktacular” garden. Once again, this flower is a dark shade of maroon but looks black. Its petals are the same as a typical tulip, and it sits on top of a lengthy stem. This bloom needs full sunlight for most of the day. I planted a few black tulips among my yellow, white, and pink ones. You wouldn’t believe the number of double-takes I get from visitors checking out my garden!
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Rose: The “Black Baccara” rose has the same curling petals as any other rose as well as leaves with a leathery texture. Its black hue becomes darker when the cool weather sets in. These roses require a minimum of five hours of full sunlight per day and maintain their beauty in well-drained soil.
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Hollyhock: The dark petals of the “Nigra” hollyhock have an interesting bowl shape with a sturdy stalk to support them. You may need to put a stake in the ground next to this flower because it can grow to be several feet tall. This hollyhock variety needs well-drained soil and full sunlight. The foreboding appearance of this flower won’t bother the butterflies and hummingbirds that visit your garden.
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Petunia: The large petals of the “Sophistica Blackberry” hybrid petunia are a mixture of black, dark red, and purple. They have a velvety feel to them as well. These blooms are comfortable in gardens or window boxes. They need full sunlight, well-drained soil, and protection from any strong winds that might come through.
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Hellebore: The dark burgundy petals of the “Onyx Odyssey” hellebore have a saucer-like shape. The stamens in the middle of the flower are bright white, which creates a dramatic contrast. These are low-maintenance flowers that need full sunlight as well as moist, sandy soil.
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Iris: The “Before the Storm” iris has frilly, dark petals and a delicate scent. It’s one of the darkest flowers you’ll find. It needs to live in an area that receives full sunlight and well-drained soil.
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Silver-Laced Primrose: This flower has a collection of black petals with a silver border. The middle of the flower is bright yellow. Plant these flowers in moist soil where they will benefit from full sunlight throughout the morning.
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Hyacinth: Plant the “Midnight Mystic” hyacinth and you’ll have a flower with a mass of dark, frilly petals. This bloom also has a pleasant scent. Put your hyacinths in a place with partial shade and well-drained soil.
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Black Pansies: This hardy flower has the typical look of a pansy but is inky in color. They need well-draining soil and full sunlight to grow.
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Aeonium Arboreum: The dark red/black rosettes of this lively flower make it a star in any garden. Full sunlight and well-drained soil are necessities for these flowers.
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Along with planting black flowers, you can put out a creepy-looking scarecrow, an arrangement of pumpkins, and maybe even some fake spiderwebs for good measure. Good luck creating your own spooktacular garden!