Here’s a business that thinks gardens crave chocolate too. It’s been open for three years, but I just heard of The Chocolate Flower Farm. (I see that the Heavy Petal and Doug Green sites—and probably others—have mentioned it previously. )
This utterly delicious nursery features plants that smell like chocolate, have chocolate coloring, or are just dark, as well as chocolate-themed gifts. There are seeds and seed-starting kits as well. I normally eschew faddish businesses, but the selection of plants is great, including many I have never seen elsewhere—chocolate-brushed delphinium, chocolate helianthus, and chocolate columbine, for example—and the attractive site is well-organized. (The few comments on Dave’s Garden are positive.)
So in spite of the fact that there is NO space for any of this, I am tempted by Actaea “Black Negligee,” with graceful serrated dark foliage and tall late-season flowers; the lovely Dahlia “Karma Choc,” which supposedly doesn’t need staking (!);and Oncidium “Sharry Baby,” a chocolate-scented orchid.
Apparently, plants with dark foliage used to be called “black plants,” but horticulturalists eventually realized that the word “chocolate” was far more attractive in the marketplace. One has to be careful with dark-foliaged plants; as beautiful as they are, they can fade into the background or appear out of place, if not properly sited. But if you’re looking for them, or maybe just for ideas, this is one place to start.