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    Join the Dark Side of Gardening

    I remember a disscusion on the boards a while back about plants people have that are dark in color. I thought I start a new thread sharing some pictures of my dark colored plants. If anyone wants to share their pics feel free to post.

    Black garden 07



    Dahlia 'Mystic Desire'



    Elephant Ear (Colocasia antiquorum 'Illustris')



    Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic')





    Black Bamboo (Phyllostachys nigra)



    Purple Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)



    Purple Shamrock (Oxalis regnellii atropurpurea)



    Jewel Orchid (Ludisia discolor)



    Flame violet ( Episcia 'Witch's Kiss')



    Flame violet (Episcia 'Brown Flair')

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    Very cool plants you have there Captn. Hamata. They look great.
    - Daniel

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    Is ready to take this hobby to a whole new level DavyJones's Avatar
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    I really like the purple shamrock. I grew a green one, "Patty O'Brien," for over a year, impossible to kill. Where did you get a purple one? Really cool looking.
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    Hope you're not extracting ricin lol
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    You should get a tacca. :-)

    Nice garden and plants!
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    You need some purple Canna! We have a whole buttload in our yard that look like this:

    http://www.nichegardens.com/images/p...a_purpurea.jpg

    We also have some dark purple basil plant that pops up every year from seed (it's invasive!) Looks similar to this, bit is not this. Wider, less shiny leaves.

    http://personal.ecu.edu/wuenschk/jpg...ilPurple04.jpg

    Also some sort of ajuga that turns purple in high light (or in the winter. Can't remember)

    http://www.birds-n-garden.com/gardening/ajuga.jpg

    Remind me this spring and I'll sent you some if you want.

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    Would not recommend planting ajuga as anything other than a groundcover, as it is invasive and will invade other plantings and the lawn.



    I admit i am really not a fan of dark plants, and all dark gardens... that is simply personal taste, however. Not a fan of goth gardens, but yours is very well done. Are you collecting just dark foliage, because there are some great really dark flowers out there too, for example Dahlia atropurpurea and 'Greuze' tulip. ' 'Bishop of Llandaff' dahlia is really dark in foliage.
    that makes no logic

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    Another plant to add to the 'dark side' is the walking stick.
    It's a small shrub / tree that grows twisted branches that look like walking sticks a wizard would sport while out and about on town.

    Corylus Avellana
    Corylus Avellana 'Contorta'

    http://www.thegardener.btinternet.co...corylussky.jpg
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