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Black Foliage Plants

Black Foliage Plants

Plants that produce large amounts of purple, brown, or maroon pigments have leaves that are so dark that they appear black. Black foliage plants are very popular with garden designers.

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Black Foliage Plants bring some mystery into the garden. Plants that produce large amounts of purple, brown, or maroon pigments have leaves that are so dark that they appear black. Black foliage plants are very popular with garden designers because they stand out starkly against a green background and they make excellent color companions for white, yellow, or other light colored plants. Certain groups of perennials are especially well-known for their black foliage including Dahlia, Oxalis, Canna, Colocasia, Ophiopogon planiscapus, and Ajuga.

We love to combine black foliage plants with silver foliage plants like Euphorbia, Artemisia, Brunnera, and Pulmonaria. The silver on black combination is very striking. We also like to combine yellow-flowered plants with black foliage plants to further heighten both colors. Try some yellow flowered Dahlia, Farfugium, Coreopsis, or Helianthus against a black elephant ear and you'll see what we mean. What a combo! When you are ready to buy black foliage plants for your garden, check out our online list of black foliage plants for sale.