Chocolate in the Garden

Chocolate in the Garden

With a variety of plants available in rich, chocolate shades and scents, you can even indulge your passion for chocolate in the garden.

When using darker plants, try to place them next to lighter colored flowers and foliage. This will intensify the two colors, creating a contrast that brings depth and drama to your flowerbeds and containers. Some of the best colors to pair chocolate colored plants with are yellow, gold, silver, chartreuse or plants with variegated leaves. Due to their darker color, chocolaty plants need to be spotlighted in bright, sunny locations. If placing dark plants or flowers in shady areas, they will disappear.

Here are a few chocolaty suggestions for your garden.

  • Chocolate Foliage Plants
  • Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’
  • Aquilegia viridiflora ‘Chocolate Soldier’ (Chocolate Columbine)
  • Carex comans ‘Milk Chocolate’
  • Carex tenuiculmis ‘Cappuccino’
  • Coleus ‘Chocolate Drop’
  • Coleus ‘Chocolate Mint’
  • Coleus ‘Mint Mocha’
  • Colocasia ‘Black Magic’
  • Corn Zea Mays ‘Double Red’ (Chocolate Corn)
  • Corydalis quantmeyerana ‘Chocolate Star’
  • Cosmos atrosanguineus (Chocolate Cosmos)
  • Dahlia ‘Chocolate Sundae’ (Dahlia)
  • Dahlia ‘Karma Choc’ (Dahlia)
  • Digitalis parviflora ‘Milk Chocolate’ (Foxglove)
  • Eupatorium rugosa ‘Chocolate (Joe Pye Weed)
  • Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’ (Perennial Geranium)
  • Hemerocallis ‘Sweet Hot Chocolate’ (daylily)
  • Heuchera ‘Chocolate Ruffles’ (Coral Bells)
  • Heuchera x villosa ‘Mocha’ (Coral Bells)
  • Heucherella ‘Chocolate Lace’
  • Mimosa ‘Summer Chocolate’ (Albizia julibrissin)
  • Nicotiana ‘Chocolate Smoke’
  • Nicotiana ‘ Hot Chocolate’
  • Papaver orientale ‘Royal Chocolate Distinction’ (Oriental Poppy)
  • Penstemon whippleanus ‘Chocolate Drop’
  • Rose ‘Hot Cocoa’
  • Salvia africana-lutea (Chocolate Salvia)
  • Tiarella ‘Mint Chocolate’

Chocolate Scented Plants

  • Berlandiera lyrata (Chocolate Flower/Chocolate Daisy)
  • Clematis ‘Jan Fopma’ (Clematis)
  • Clematis montanta ‘Elizabeth’ (Clematis)
  • Hoya shepherdii (Hoya)
  • Mentha piperita cv. ‘Chocolate’ (Chocolate Mint)
  • Oncidium ‘Sharry Baby’. (Orchid)
  • Pelargonium tometosum ‘Chocolate Mint’ (Scented Geranium)

Note: You can also add that heavenly chocolate scent to your garden by top dressing your plants with a mulch made from crushed cocoa bean shells. But remember this type of mulch may be toxic to pets. You can order a pet-safe version online with the (pet-toxic) theobromine removed.

Special Thanks:
The Farmer’s Daughter Nursery
716 Mooresfield Rd. (Rte. 138)
Kingston, RI

The excerpt above is from a Cultivating Life segment produced by Erin Frost. Cultivating Life with host Sean Coneway, explored how we’ve all moved out of our houses and into our backyards. Each week, the show celebrated how Americans are reconnecting to the land.