Not the most usual colour in plants, chocolate brown gardening adds a touch of mystery to the flower bed. Normally a rather unassuming colour, brown in flowers and foliage stands out when grown among the brighter tones in the garden border. It almost adds a touch of class to plantings and a sense of style to containers. There are more brown flowers than you probably realize, check out these beauties.
The slightly unusual always draws us in, and brown flowers and leaves are no exception. Would I like an all brown garden, probably not. I prefer these tones to be given specific placement in the garden for the element of surprise and wow factor. Finding brown plants will take a bit of looking but they are out there. Below are some I’ve come across, some of which might work for you.
GREAT PLANTS FOR CHOCOLATE BROWN GARDENING
DWARF IRIS are easy to grow and easy to find.
ORCHIDS are much more fussy but worth the effort.
LILIES are hardy and easy to source on-line.
SUCCULENTS can be found everywhere, just give them sun and dry soil and they will flourish.
DAHLIAS are easy to plant. Colder zones will have to lift them for the winter months.
SUNFLOWERS are everyones favourite, even the kids love to grow these.
GERANIUMS foliage is nicely marked in different tones, brown being one.
DAYLILIES are the perfect perennial, source thousands of choices on-line.
COLEOUS leaves are remarkable. There is a huge array of colours and patterns to choose from. Many are now quite tolerant of the sun as well.
IRIS plants abound on-line. Great for sharing with gardening friends too.
HEUCHERA leaves have come a long way in the last few years. Check out the browns.
SALPIGLOSSIS is a lovely annual you can grow from seed. Best to start them indoors.
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