Gothic Romance

17th October 2023

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Bring darker foliage into your planting schemes for a Gothic style garden . Whether you want to go full gothic romance like Kat Von D or create a slick contemporary garden, dark foliage and flowers are a great way to do this.

If a whimsical cottage garden is more your thing then this doesn’t mean dark colours aren’t for you. Dark, rich hues can be used to offset brighter colours and help them to pop. This is also a good way to add instant drama to your garden (not to mention a great talking point when you have friends over).

Sink your teeth into this trend with our top plant picks:

Small trees or bushy shrubs

  • Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’
  • Cotinus ‘Grace’ or ‘Royal Purple’
  • Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’ & ‘Black Beauty’
  • Lonicera henryi ‘Copper Beauty’
  • Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’
  • Loropetalum
  • Phyllostachys nigra (black bamboo)


  • Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea
  • Malus ‘Royalty’
  • Acer palmatum ‘Garnet’
  • Prunus ‘Royal Burgundy’
  • Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’
  • Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’
  • Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Inaba-shidare’
  • Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Garnet’
  • Acer palmatum ‘Suminagashi’
  • Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’
  • Cercis canadensis ‘Forest pansy’


  • Phormium ‘Black Adder’ or ‘Bronze Baby’
  • Heuchera ‘Plum Pudding’ and ‘Black Pearl’
  • Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’
  • Helleborus × hybridus ‘Harvington Black’, ‘Black Swan’ or ‘Double Black’
  • Dahlia ‘Black Narcissus’ or ‘Black Beauty’
  • Tulip ‘Queen of the Night’
  • Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’


  • Clematis ‘Black Prince’ or ‘Dark Eyes’
  • Hedera helix (English Ivy)


  • Cordyline Australis Purpureum
  • Athyrium niponicum f. metallicum (painted lady fern)