Denver Post Features CD’s Annie Huston, Black Plants
Columbine Design’s Annie Huston is featured in The Denver Post! In the article, she discusses why black gardens are the new rave and how gardeners should care for such unique plants.
Under closer examination, most black flowers are deep shades of crimson, purple, or brown. Gardeners appreciate these characteristics because dark plants require a second glance, a closer look, to appreciate their beauty. The addition of dark plants instantly sparks interest in your garden.
Landscape professional Annie Huston first began to appreciate dark plants when she visited the black and white courtyard of Monet’s Giverny estate. Years later, she still believes that black flowers have an “irresistible sensuality” that many gardeners find appealing—and daunting. She provides us with a few tips on how to garden with dark plants:
- Black plants are a bold move for many gardeners and landscapers. Adjust slowly by starting off with annuals or potted plants before committing to black shrubs or perennials.
- Location is a major factor for dark plants. They are most radiant in the sun; do not hide them in the shade. Keep in mind, however, that black plants are not the most xeric option for your garden as they require adequate water to prevent scorching and wilting. Consider potting them to control water drainage or use mulch when planting them in the ground.
- Play with contrasts by planting black plants near other plants with white or silver features. Silver pots are also stunning against black foliage.
- Even vegetable gardens can benefit from a dramatic, black twist. Add black eggplants, black corn or delicious black bell peppers.
Do you have an idea for a stunning and unique garden? Columbine Design will see you through the landscaping process. Call (303) 761-6807 or visit our website for details.
Source: The Denver Post
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