Gardening - For the Love of Chocolate - New Specialty Nursery Grows "Chocolate" Plants

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New specialty nursery, Chocolate Flower Farm, launching this spring to feature unusual, dark colored and chocolate scented plants.

Imagine a garden filled with chocolate – chocolate mint; chocolate columbine; chocolate morning glories; chocolate nasturtiums; chocolate daylilies; chocolate foxglove; chocolate sunflowers and much more.

Imagination becomes reality this spring at Chocolate Flower Farm where owners Marie Lincoln and Bill Schlicht specialize in growing unusual, rich, dark plants that add a spot of drama and exotic beauty to the garden. Not just chocolate colored plants but plants in shades of maroon, purple and black and even several plants that smell like chocolate such as Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguiness), Chocolate Flower (Berlandiera lyrata) and Chocolate Vine (Akebia quinata).

What came first, the chocolate or the flowers? “Our nursery is named after Bill's love of chocolate and my passion for gardening. I already was partial to dark plants and had quite a collection of them in our gardens, thus we combined our two passions and named our farm Chocolate Flower Farm. When we decided to start a specialty nursery it made sense to specialize in ‘chocolate’ plants since that was already our farm name”, says Lincoln. “Bill must have chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner but gardeners cannot live on chocolate alone so we grow many complementary plants as well”, adds Lincoln.

Black plants have become quite popular with gardeners in recent years and Chocolate Flower Farm offers an extensive selection, including black hollyhocks; black columbine; black violas; black snapdragons; black poppies and black grasses.

After spending several years collecting rare specimen plants and seeds for propagation and with the recent purchase of an eight-acre farm in Langley on Whidbey Island Schlicht and Lincoln will move from their Redmond farm to the Langley farm and Chocolate Flower Farm will be opening there in April. The new address and contact information will be posted on the nursery’s website

Chocolate Flower Farm currently offers plants, seeds, garden accessories and specialty gifts such as chocolate candles via mail order from their website. They can be reached via phone at 425.681.9758 or email

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