Why is it that I love black flowers so much? To be honest it is very difficult to make them fit into the garden design - they really need to be surrounded by lots of light coloured foliage - lime greens or silvers - which make them stand out. I have to look at them with blinkers on - marvelling at them like a planstman and not worrying about things on either side.
Yet every year I seem to acquire more and more black flowers - this stunning hellebore came from Floreat Plants, now sadly defunct. Sue sold me a lot of her stock plants when she was closing and this is the first year that it has flowered. It is gorgeous - especially with the sun shining through the petals - but I haven't found the right place for it yet.
At the moment it is in one of the long herbaceous borders and is really the only thing flowering there - visually it would look good against the silver of an artemesia but that wouldn't work in terms of habitat. I think that I need to find something leafy and lime green that likes shade and is full, fluffy and pristine in February/March.
Or perhaps I should move it in the autumn and make a woodland area with snowdrops and pulmonaria - but even those don't have a lightness which will lift the colour.
Or I could - as I tend to with all the black flowers - cut it and bring it into the house.