Black Plants

Black Plants

75 Striking Choices for the Garden

Book - 2009
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Striking, mysterious, sinister , and strange all describe the singular appeal of plants with black (or near-black) foliage, flowers, or fruit. For some gardeners, they are curiosities that yield a special thrill. For others, they are invaluable for providing contrast with brighter elements. Whatever the source of their somber magic, these dusky denizens of the plant kingdom are irresistible to anyone drawn to nature's more unusual manifestations.

In this compact, accessible volume, Paul Bonine profiles 75 of the most alluring black annuals, perennials, bulbs, and shrubs. Some of the plants--like agapanthus and lilies--are darker versions of familiar favorites, while others are rarities that will appeal to the most discerning collector. Each entry describes the plant's essential features and details the requirements for growth and care.

Whether your taste runs to pansies, columbines, and sweet williams or to obscure orchids from the Andes, you'll find a host of intriguing choices in this beautifully illustrated, entertaining book. Black Plants is sure to haunt your dreams.
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Timber Press, c2009
ISBN: 9780881929812
Branch Call Number: 635.968 BON 2009
Characteristics: 159 p. : col. ill. ; 16 x 18 cm

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rgally
Dec 06, 2010

Interesting - love the black and almost black plants.

Would appreciate the addition of hardiness zones and a note on the toxic ones

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doubleplanet
Mar 31, 2010

An intriguing little book with nice pictures. Despite my skepticism, I saw that several black plants (or black-bloomed plants, or nearly black plants) were indeed suited to zone 5, 4 or even 3 conditions. Interesting to black (like me) as well as green thiumbs. =)

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