"Black is not the first color that comes to mind when you think of plants. But as this beautiful guide makes clear, dark-hued leaves and flowers, from perennials to tropicals, have enormous appeal in a garden."
(Martha Stewart Living
"This little gem of a book packs a planter's punch … If you never grow a single plant highlighted, it's still a fascinating read."
(Our Little Acre blog
"Someday, I shall create the black-and-white themed garden I have been dreaming of; when I do, Black Plants will become muddy and dog-eared."
"Black works great for cocktail dresses and luxury cars, but in the flower garden? Absolutely."
(San Francisco Chronicle
"Your garden might never be the same."
(Akron Beacon Journal
"Black generally has a negative connotation, a signal that all is not well with a plant. Paul Bonine has set out to salvage black’s horticultural reputation with Black Plants."
"Go ahead, open the cover, creep through the screeching gate. The plants inside are no nightmare. More like a dream."
"Rather than cast gloom, these plants can add mystery, depth, and sophistication to the garden."
"Gardeners and plant lovers looking for ideas for distinct color schemes and exciting plant suggestions will appreciate this."
"The addition of these striking shrubs, perennials and annuals will add depth and drama to the landscape."
About the Author
Paul Bonine is a garden writer, lecturer, and co-owner of the wholesale and retail specialty plant nursery Xera Plants, in Portland, Oregon. A lifelong plantsman, Paul has worked in the nursery industry for nearly twenty years and has consulted for NPR, the Sunset Western Garden Book, and the Oregonian.