You might think summer is not the time for black plants. However, it adds a dark dimension that I think all gardens need. Furthermore, many black plants need the heat of summer to start turning their green leaves to black. Many black foliage plants look at their best in summer. Allow them to form a backdrop for sunnier coloured flowers.
Many summer flowers can be found in near black such as Hemerocallis, Penstemon, Lathyrus (sweet peas) and so on. However the best blacks in summer are found in foliage such as Sambucus. One still needs to remember that black is no more than an umbrella term for the darkest plants in horticulture.
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Images copyright Karen Platt 2012