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Chocolate Everywhere

Imagine a garden with the fragrance of a freshly opened box of delicious chocolates!

It’s not as crazy as it sounds. There are a handful of plants that have a distinct chocolate scent, reminiscent of milk chocolate with a dash of vanilla.   Delightful!

The chocolate-scented plants are listed below. A really fun idea is to place them in the garden with plants that are chocolate in color. When planted together, you’ll have one delectable chocolate garden. And a great excuse to have a chocolate-themed garden party!

Before Selecting Plants for Your Garden

  1. Choose plants suitable for your growing zone. In the United States, you can find your zone by googling the ‘USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map’.
  2. Make sure you have suitable space (soil, water, and light conditions, plus room for maximum growth).
  3. Be certain the plant is not invasive in your area or on a banned plant list. Check with local authorities for this information.

    Plants with a Chocolate-Like Scent

    • Chocolate Flower (Berlandiera lyrata) Chocolate-scented with yellow daisy-shaped flowers. Attracts butterflies, deer don’t like it, drought tolerant. Blooms at night. (zones 7-9)
    • Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus)  Chocolate-colored flowers and scent. Tuberous root will require winter storage in colder zones. (zones 4-11) 
    • Chocolate Vine / Fiveleaf Akebia (Akebia quinata)  Chocolate-scented flowering, deciduous vine. Some say it has a distinct vanilla fragrance. Produces edible fruit. Can be invasive. (zones 4-8)
    • Chocolate Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum)  Perennial shrub. (zones 4-8)
    • Chocolate Mint (Mentha piperita)  Perennial herb. Deer resistant.  (zones 1-24)

      Plants with Chocolate-Colored Flowers & Leaves

      Most of these plants have been bred to capture the beautiful dark red, brown, and purple colors.  They look absolutely striking next to contrasting foliage. And paired with chocolate-scented plants they will complete your chocolate-themed garden.

      • Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioide ‘’Chocolate Mint’) Annual, heat tolerant.
      • Columbine (Aquilegia ‘Chocolate Star’ ‘Single Black’ ‘William Guinness’ ‘Chocolate Soldier’, ‘Black Barlow’)  Perennials. (zones 3-9)
      • Coneflower / Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia occidentalis ‘Green Wizard’)  Perennial. (zones 3-9)
      • Coralbells (Heuchera x villosa ‘Mocha’) (zones 4-9)
      • Dahlia (Dahlia Chocolate Sundae and Karma Choc)  Store them for the winter in colder climates. (zones 7-10). 
      • Daphne Houtteana (February Plum Daphne)  Deep purple to black leaves. 
      • Daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Sweet Hot Chocolate)  Perennial (tuberous root). Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. (zones 1-24)
      • Dianthus / Sweet William (Dianthus ‘Black Adder’) (zones 4-10)
      • Eupatorium (Eupatorium rugosa ‘Chocolate’) (zones 5-9)
      • False Indigo (Baptisia ‘Chocolate Chip’) (zones 4-8)
      • Geranium  (Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’) (zone 5-8)
        • Hollyhock (Alcea rosa nigra)  Biennial. (zones 3-9).
        • Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium rugosum ‘Chocolate’) (zones 4-9)
        • Iris (Chrysographes ‘Black Form’) (zones 4-9)
        • Loosestrife (Lysimachia congestiflora ‘Persian Chocolate’) (zones 6-9)
        • Morning Glory (Lpomoea nil Chocolate ). Check that it’s not invasive in your growing zone.
        • Pineapple Lily (Eucomis comosa ‘Oakhurst) (zones 7-10)
        • Sunflower (Helianthus annus ‘Chocolate Cherry’) Annual.
        • Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus ‘Streamer Chocolate’) Annual (zones 7-10)
        • Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana ‘chocolate smoke‘) (zones 10-11)
        • Violet (Viola x wittrockiana ‘Frosted Chocolate’)  Perennial or annual depending on growing zone. (zones 3-8)

          Chocolate-Colored Veggies

          There’s lots of gorgeous dark veggies too. Many are heirloom varieties we don’t see in the grocery stores.