It's Ash Wednesday and I have, as I have since 1982, given up chocolate for Lent. Easter is late on the calendar this year, and I was just thinking about how I might be able to fulfill my cravings without actually eating chocolate.
What would be in a chocolate lover's garden? Chocolate colored plants?
Dahlia 'Karma Choc'
A nursery in Washington state, Chocolate Flower Farm, specializes in all things chocolate for the garden, like the Dahlia 'Karma Choc' and Delphinium 'Kissed by Chocolate.'
Delphinium 'Kissed by Chocolate'
Chocolate scented orchids? Cocoa shell mulch? There is no dearth of ideas about how to create a chocolate garden.
Caroline Cobb Ervin, a landscape and garden designer in the metropolitan Washington, DC area, studied landscape design at George Washington University. Since 2007, she has worked closely with her clients to design, install and maintain both large and small residential gardens throughout the metropolitan area. Travels to gardens throughout the United States and Europe have added to her design background and understanding of historical gardens. More than 20 years of hands-on gardening experience gives her additional understanding and knowledge of soils, plants and diseases. When not designing, you can find her digging in her garden, dirty fingernails and all.