While the words black and white are often invoked to highlight contrasting notions the truth is these colors can make ideal partners. Until recently the color black was almost unheard of in the garden but the last few years have seen the introduction of a variety of plants with black flowers which have become quite popular.  Black can be combined with just about any other color but pairing it with white creates a particularly memorable display. This look can also be created using a trellis or the containers themselves along with plants but whether your goal is a chic, contemporary look or something that is “gorgeously goth” black and white containers may be just what you are looking for. 

As a reminder one simple container gardening recipe is to combine spillers, fillers, and thrillers together:

Spillers - They are found at the edge of the container and are designed to cascade toward the ground.

Fillers - They tie the container together as they are planted between the spillers and thrillers. They are taller than the spillers but not as tall as the thrillers would be.

Thrillers - They are the star of the show and are attention getters. They often have dramatic flowers or colorful foliage.

Here are some black and white flowering plants to grow in partial to full sun conditions:

Spillers:  Petunia White, Black Eyed Susan Vine White Eye, White Alyssum, Sweet Potato Vine Blackie, Little Black Dress Petunia

Fillers:  Coleus Black Prince or Black Magic, Salvia Snowhill, White Lantana, Scabiosa Black Knight

Thrillers:  Elephant Ear Black Magic or Diamond Head, Black Knight Canna, Gladiolus White Friendship, Canna Moonshine, Tropicanna Black 

Here are some suggestions for containers that include black and white flowering plants and will be situated in partial to full shade conditions:

Spillers:  Black Pansy Prunella, Ajuga Black Scallop, White Forget-Me-Not

Fillers:  Caladium Moonlight, White Impatiens, Black Primrose

Thrillers: Calla Lily Odessa, Black Satin or White Feather Hosta, Giant White Calla Lily

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