Black and White in the Garden
(black walls anyone? This is from apartmenttherapy.com, a great website!)
Van Bourgondien Bulbs mixed this tulip with others to create their Mystery Passion Blend:
But Black and White in the Garden is more than tulips....Here are some outstanding black (or at least very dark purple) plants that I have used in various settings:
(Ipomoea 'Blackie' - photo from White Flower Farm)
(this photo from casaconiglio.blogspot. - check it out on my links)
(Thanks for this photo to white flower farm)
Of course, Coleus is a great accent plant in a garden and the darkest varieties are the best foil to any other plant...The puckered foliage of 'Black Magic' coleus is a dark velvety purple with a green, scalloped edge. What a striking contrast it makes in a partially shaded spot with regular White Impatiens or white New Guinea Impatiens!
(White Flower Farm photo - go to their website!)
And lastly, 'Hillside Black Beauty' Snakeroot (Cimicifuga) is a dark-leaved form of Bugbane selected by Fred and Mary Ann McGourty. It has black purple foliage, grows 5 ft tall and looks best in light shade.....A statuesque plant that would be spectacular next to white leaved Hostas or white caladiums or white astilbes.
I am sure there are many more ideas for black and white garden combos - if you have some suggestions, would you comment and add your ideas here?