Black / Chocolate
Papaver somniferum var. laciniatum 'Swansdown'Feathered or Fringed Poppy€1.95
A profusion of cut petals in pure white makes 'Swansdown' a must-have flower for cottage gardens. The petals are very deeply pinnately-divided which makes it entirely different from the others, and that is the source of the variant name, laciniatum, from the Latin meaning meaning 'slashed' or 'torn into divisions'.
Papaver somniferum var. laciniatum 'Black Swan'Feathered or Fringed Poppy€1.95
A profusion of cut petals in burgundy to almost black makes 'Black Swan' a must-have flower for cottage gardens. The petals are very deeply pinnately-divided which makes it entirely different from the others, and that is the source of the variant name, laciniatum, from the Latin meaning meaning 'slashed' or 'torn into divisions'.
A cult favourite of high-end florists who reserve ‘Amazing Grey’ for their finest design work. Sown once the ground has begun to warm in late April, by June you will be blessed with the goose neck, prickly buds and shortly after, gorgeous pearl greys, pewter and mauve coloured, luminescent blooms.
Papaver paeoniflorum 'Black Peony'Peony Poppy, Breadseed Poppy€1.95
Papaver 'Black Peony' has fascinating, large, fully double, dark purple-maroon, almost black flowers, with lovely crinkled petals. When the flowers do burst, overnight, from their casings, the gardener is treated to some of the most dramatic flowers in the plant kingdom.
Helleborus x hybridus 'Black Beauty'Hellebore, Christmas Rose, Lenten Rose
(formerly Helleborus orientalis)€3.55
Originating from one of the country's top hellebore breeders. Hellebore 'Black Beauty' is a choice variety. The deepest plums and purples open from slate coloured buds, many plants having the extra bonus of the dark foliage of their parents.
Geranium phaeum var. phaeum 'Samobor'Dusky Cranesbill, Mourning Widow
Geranium phaeum ‘Samobor’ has considerable charm, with luxurious, deep maroon-black flowers which are held high on upright slender stems in late spring to early summer. This beautiful and useful hardy geranium is loved for its amazing deeply scalloped foliage with beautiful dark markings
€2.35An aristocrat from Spain with densely packed spikes of cylindrical small chocolate funnels above dark green, rich foliage. Digitalis parviflora is a plant that will stop viewers in their tracks and have them enquiring its identity.
Dianthus barbatus Nigrescens 'Sooty'Poet's Pink, Sweet John, Sweet William€2.70‘Sooty’ is one of the most unique of all Sweet Williams. A short lived perennial, often grown as a biennial, it bears multiple densely packed heads of darkest ruby, almost black, fragrant blooms on red stems, and leaves that mature to a shimmering metallic mahogany. A stunning cut flower and border plant.
Daucus carota 'Purple Kisses'Also marketed as 'Dara' and 'Chocolate Lace Flower'€2.45
Daucus carota 'Purple Kisses' is a large flowered chocolate coloured Queen Anne’s Lace. Delicate, lacy, flat-topped clusters in shades of old rose-pink, through burgundy to chocolate, and bloom for most of the summer from just one planting. They look great en masse and the plant pairs well with almost anything in the garden or in the vase.
Centaurea cyanus 'Classic Magic'Classic Series, Cornflower€2.10
The 'Classic' series of Cornflowers offers flower lovers three fabulous shade-mixtures. A harmonious mixture of exceptional shades, 'Classic Magic' produces blooms from light mauve with a dark centre to flowers that are close to black with white tip on each petal. For magical borders and bouquets.
Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guinness'Also known as “Magpie”€1.75
Eye-catching, purple-black flowers with contrasting white centres appear in late spring and early summer above fern-like, mid-green leaves this variety is something special. 'William Guinness' is a superb and reliable Aquilegia variety that makes an ideal cut flower, it grows and blooms well in shady areas.
Aquilegia atrataThe Dark Columbine€2.10
Aquilegia atrata is a beautiful free flowering species that is native to the alpine meadows and forest clearings of Switzerland and Northern Europe. With many branching stems of deepest coloured, almost black flowers. This is an outstanding, highly sought species that would be a showstopper in any garden.
Alcea rosea var. 'Nigra'Althaea rosa, Black Hollyhock
Starting at: €2.10
Hollyhocks are a mysterious and prolific flower with a long and rich history. Traditionally associated with cottage-style borders, the dramatic, near-black flowers of Nigra work equally well in a contemporary, minimalist garden. This unique variety creates an impressive impact against most backgrounds.
Acanthus mollisBears Breeches, Oyster Plant€3.55
If you have the space in your garden this is one plant to choose. Acanthus are robust perennials with handsome, lobed foliage. In late summer, tall racemes of white flowers with dusky purple bracts appear. Used as a motif in architecture and art through ages, Acanthus is a true architectural beauty!