Cheery Dark PlantsSaturday, July 24, 2010
I have recently added a few dark-coloured plants to my collection after being inspired by my new Chocolate Sunflower. Dark-coloured flowers and foliage are outstanding plants and they are interesting additions to a garden.
This dark purple Colocasia was the first one I bought. So far, the plant doesn't mind the sun at all. Moreover, the foliage looks even better when the sun is shinning brightly on it :-)
Next are plants that require shade... and fussy too! This dark purplish red cultivar sits very well next to my existing variegated green Peperomias.
The dark green-leaved African Violet, with pink double-petaled flowers, looks outstanding even when placed together with my Gloxinias that are much bigger in size. The nursery attendant was so kind to give me a special price for another two that were not in good condition - one with light green leaves and single-petaled white flowers (white bloom was what I was looking for in the first place!) and the other with variegated leaves but without blooms (I always like to give myself a surprise!).
I finally got hold of three African Violets...
And here is the darkest and tallest Chocolate Sunflower (about 5 feet high) among the three that I have. It has the most petals but the size is not much bigger though as the diameter of the flower is only about 4 inches.
Happy shopping for cheery dark plants for your garden!