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The Black Border

The Black Border

While visiting Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa this past summer, I had the pleasure of stumbling across one of their annual displays, the black border.  It is a lovely, dark collection of annual flowers designed by Sarah Rummery, their manager of horticulture.  It had a stunning and almost glamorous vibe, so I just had to share it with you (since I LOVE theme gardens!) it's just so perfect for this week's Halloween celebration.


Actea simplex atropurpurea 'black negligee' / bugbane

Alcea rosea var. nigra | black as night hollyhock

Capsicum annuum 'black pearl' | ornamental pepper

Colocasia 'black coral' | elephant ear

Colocasia 'mojito' | elephant ear

Dahlia 'black satin' | dahlia

Ophiopogon planiscapus 'nigrescens' | mondo grass

Pennisetum purpuream 'vertigo' | pennisetum

Petunia 'black magic' | petunia

Rudbeckia occidentalis 'green wizard' | western coneflower

Scabiosa atropurpurpea 'black night' | pincushion flower

Zantedeschia 'black star' | calla lily

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Fifteen Gardens in One Afternoon

Fifteen Gardens in One Afternoon

Stippling a Lawn

Stippling a Lawn