5 Perfect Plants for Chocolate Lovers
Treat yourself to a garden of desserts with plants that look and smell like chocolate. Warm brown leaves and flowers show off shades from tan to dark purple to nearly black. Chocolate plants can complement—or provide a luscious contrast to—deep, bright or pastel colors. Choose a profusion of chocolaty richness and your senses will be delighted.
Bailey Nurseries Inc.
Chocolate Shogun Astilbe
If you’re looking for a hardy perennial to plant in moist soil, go with Chocolate Shogun astilbe. It makes itself right at home in damp, shady areas. Plus, it’s resistant to deer and rabbits. Pale pink flower spikes curve over dark, lustrous leaves. Find it: whiteflowerfarm.com
Terra Nova Nurseries
Chocolate Ruffles Coral Bells
Chocolate Ruffles is one of many coral bells hybrids in an array of tempting colors. Coppery leaves with pink undersides change to chocolate with burgundy below. Slender stems hold delicate white flowers above foliage mounds. Plant in part shade. Find it: calgaryplants.com
Tall, slender stems carry cup-shaped chocolate cosmos flowers well above the greenery. Deep maroon blooms make gorgeous cut flowers. They look like dark chocolate and smell like it, too. Plant them in full sun. Remove spent flowers for a nonstop supply from summer into fall. Find it: dutchgardens.com
Plant Chocolate Mint in a cool spot with morning sun so you can savor its delicious scent. Savor the flavor in soothing tea. Use it to pep up baked goods, flavor ice cream or garnish cocktails. But be sure to keep this peppermint in a pot—it spreads! Find it: mountainvalleygrowers.com
Daisy If aroma is what you’re after, try this Southwest native also known as chocolate flower. This little gem’s fragrance is strongest in the morning. Later
in the day, its petals close or drop. New bright yellow blooms open at night. Find it: mountainvalleygrowers.com