Here are a few more dark plants from the Philadelphia Flower Show. I'm saving the very special one for tomorrow. And I have some pictures that go with it that aren't from the flower show. Meanwhile...
This is another popular and familiar foliage plant to many gardeners. It's Black Mondo Grass, Ophiopogon planiscapus. Sadly for me, it's not quite hardy where I live. People seem able to grow it outdoors even in Ann Arbor, but I've planted it two or three times, and it's never survived. It makes a wonderful edging, or specimen plant in rock gardens.
This is a variety of Heuchera, often called Coral Bells. There are so many variations on this plant it's impossible to track them all. I forgot to get the exact variety name. It's similar to one called Guardian Angel, though, if you really like it. These plants have rather un-ostentatious flowers on tall thin stems. They are almost always grown for the foliage. And they like shade, so they can be paired with hostas and coleus for wonderful displays that last all summer long because they don't depend on the blossoms for the colors.
The last one is a variety of Sedum, Sedum spurium 'Elizabeth.' This is a really common species, but the variety has been selected for a darker color. I've found that most of these revert after a few years to a plain green, but some are probably more stable than others.
OK, that's it for today. But I'm already excited about the plants I have for tomorrow.
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