Whidbey Island, Washington is a gardener's paradise...
And the home base for Chocolate Flower Farm, a unique plant nursery.
Marie and Bill specialize in dark flowers and foliage,
offering tender specimens & biennials, long-lived perennials & seeds.
Here's a sampling! Above:
Nicotiana 'Chocolate Smoke,' this hardy annual is a strain of N. 'Hot Chocolate,'
developed by Chocolate Flower Farm.
Aquilegia 'Single Black' .. "the little black dress" of Columbines, elegant & simple, yet quite rare.
Photos: Chocolate Flower Farm
Berlandiera lyrata - Chocolate Daisy
Grow in Zones 4 - 10 in full sun: Considered by Marie & Bill to be the best chocolate scent of all.
A night bloomer, the flowers offer up their cocoa scent in the morning and drop their yellow petals each day.
Started last year from seed. It will take 3 years for plants to reach bloom stage. Be patient!
Delphinium 'Kissed By Chocolate'
Elegant white English delphiniums boasting gentle brushes of chocolate over the inky black colorations produced on
the majority of 'Black Shades' cultivars (now known as 'Chocolate').
Dianthus 'Sooty' - Chocolate Sweet William
Biennial in Zones 4 - 10: Grow in full sun; an excellent selection for cut flowers.
An all-time fave in my garden!
Click on link below to read one of my San Francisco Chronicle 'Plant Pick' columns, featuring