Black can have an ominous tone, but black flowers can also symbolize farewell, rejuvenation or rebirth. Plant these rare flowers to add intrigue to your garden.

You can also search by your growing zone to make sure the black beauty of your choosing will grow well in your garden. Also be sure to check sun and soil needs.

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Rosa

With over 2,000 varietals and hundreds of years of cultivation, the rose has an extensive family and a long history. Old roses, which are classified as existing prior to the 1867 tea rose, generally have more fragrance, more complicated blooms and greater disease resistance. Modern roses offer an endless color selection and all-season blooms.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 11

Flower Tip

Plant roses in an area where they will receive at least 5 hours of sun a day.

Dahlia Dahlia

Dahlias are colorful flowers with many spiky petal which form their large, round heads. They range in color and size.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

8 - 10

Flower Tip

Dahlias struggle in cold soil. Wait until the ground temperature reaches 60 degrees.

Hellebores Helleborus

Hellebores is a perennial with leathery leaves that protect a circle of tiny stamen-like petals. They have a long blooming period, lasting anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks and ranging in color from white to purple.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

Do not plant these too deeply. Make sure the crown is only just covered by soil.

Pansy Viola tricolor

Pansies come in a wide variety of colors and can bloom in any season. They are hardy annuals that do well as borders and ground covers.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

Remember to water Pansies regularly. Drought is their most common reason for failing.

Calla Lily Zantedeschia

Calla Lilies are very popular for their elegant bell shape both in gardens and as cut flowers. They grow well outdoors and as houseplants.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

8 - 10

Flower Tip

Typically planted after the threat of frost, Calla Lilies should be planted deep and watered well. Aside from regular watering and fertilizer they are fairly low-maintenance.

Tulipa

Tulips come in virtually every color of the rainbow. They are usually brightly colored flowers with a simple cup shape that grow on a green stem.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 8

Flower Tip

Never deliberately water a bed in which your tulips are planted. They dislike excessive moisture.

Bat Flower Tacca chantieri

This unusual looking flower that looks similar to a bat in flight with ruffled wings and long filaments. The blooms are large and do best in semi-tropical climates.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Partial Shade

Growing Zones

11

Flower Tip

The larger the Bat Flower, the more likely it is to be healthy. This flower will do better indoors and enjoys shade. The plant should be allowed to dry out during dormancy but needs moisture while blooming.

Black Magic Hollyhock Alcea rosea

Black Hollyhock is almost as dark as a flower can naturally get. The bowl-shaped blooms grow along a tall leafy stalk that can reach heights of 10 feet.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

As Hollyhock can grow so tall, it is best to stake so that it doesn't fall over in hard weather. Cut to the ground in fall when the final blooms seed.

Black Velvet Petunia Petunia hybrida

With 35 true species worldwide, hybrid Petunias can be found in almost any color. The most traditional varietals are sprawling plants with white or purple blooms

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

These flowers are frost-tender and fast-growing. Keep them warm, dry and protected from strong winds.

Hyacinth Hyacinthus

Hyacinths grow from spring-flowering bulbs and produce small bundles of blossoms that range in color from blue to white.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

This flower is classically paired with yellow daffodils.

Dianthus Dianthus

Belonging to the same family as carnations, Dianthus are colorful, hardy annuals. They emit a spicy fragrance and can most frequently be found in hues of pink, purple and white.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Plant Dianthus in a spot where it will recieve at least 6 hours of sun. They also should be fertilized every 6 to 8 weeks.


Photo Credit: Hellebores via SiGarb, Calla Lily via Sean A. O’Hara, Bat Flower via TANAKA Juuyoh.