… we have cookies! No, seriously… I wouldn’t be able to explain the reason for this, but for years now, I have been helplessly drawn to rich, dark, jewel tone colors. I don’t really have a favorite color, per se, but there is something about the rich, luxurious tones of really saturated colors that really appeal to me. Right now, my garden has plenty to offer in that regard, so I thought I’d share.
Negritjanka – one of the darkest purple Clematises I know of. And it’s a viticella, so it blooms later, meaning I can enjoy it now.
Clematis Roguchii lived up again, after a serious bout of powdery mildew. You can see the crispy leaves in the background.
A close-up of that wonderful bell.
This one is more of a rambler – Clematis durandii – here draped over a Hebe. Love its little creamy centers…
Liriope ‘Royal Purple’ – wonderful dark purple color. Love the dark stems too, and of course those strappy leaves…
Supposedly an annual in our climate, I’m really enjoying these deep purple bells with a yellow throat – Thunbergia battiscombei.
Not sure what exactly caused the normally blue-green leaves to take on this purple tint. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was all the heat we’ve had.
The dark purple of the Twilight Zone rose is a great color echo for the purple leaves of the Melianthus.
This rose has the most scrumptious color – ‘Twilight Zone’.
Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ looking extra dark in the evening light.
The airy foliage of Bronze fennel as silhouetted against a mystery plant I have forgotten I planted. Funny how that works. Hopefully it will open up so I can see what it is…
The black Colocasia is making a comeback after almost perishing in my care. Oops… I will treat it better from now on – I promise! Here, it is competing with Ajuga ‘Black scallop’ in who is the glossiest and darkest.
Pretty black leaves with purple undersides – Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’. It’s flowers are a nice, contrasting white.
It doesn’t seem that way judging from the photo, but it doesn’t get much darker than the Sweet potato vine – Ipomea ‘Blackie’.
Love the new foliage of this Eucomis. No flowers yet – I still have to find it a sunny enough spot.
A salvaged Echeveria nodulosa is coming back. For good reason also called Painted Echeveria. Love the red stripes.
Pennisetum ‘Vertigo’ and Coleus ‘Redhead’ in my red pot. There is an Abutilon in there too, but I recently cut it back pretty hard.
Dark purple leaves, turning crimson with colder weather – Vitis purpurifera, or purple ornamental grape.
I was afraid I had killed it, but thankfully it is coming back – a red Abutilon I bought earlier this spring.
I’ve talked about how I like how the Hot Cocoa rose fades to almost black toward the petal edges. This gradation has been difficult to capture in a photo, but you can get at least a small sense of it on the petal near the bottom left of this photo.
Rounding out the set is a leaf of this beautiful Elephant Ear. I bought it not too long ago (at the friggin’ grocery store – can you believe it???) and I can’t wait for it to get bigger. Love the dark sumptuous green and the contrasting veining of this one!