Sunday, May 17, 2009

New Addition to the Garden

While at the flower market today, I came across a plant (actually a shrub) that I fell in love with, Sambucus nigra, commonly known as the Elderberry. This variety is called "Black Lace."

The intense purple/black foliage is finely cut, giving it an effect similar to the Japanese Maple. Creamy pink flowers are a spectacular contrast to the dark leaves of the plant. The flowers are followed by deep red berries that can be harvested in the Fall for making Elderberry wine or jam or just left on the plant to attract birds and other wildlife.

BLACK LACE™ is very cold hardy and easy to grow, and adaptable to most sites. Full sun is needed for the best color. It can be used as a dramatic accent plant, planted en masse for a trouble free high hedge, or incorporated into the mixed or perennial border. Left alone it will reach up to 8 feet in height, but plants can also be pruned back each year to fit into more formal settings.

I believe I'll be going back to buy a few more of these beautiful plants. I can envision an enter property border with some nice chartreuse plantings in front of them!

4 comments:

mike said...

Great purchase! I own one and they are quite impressive! I'm sure it will become one of your favorites this year - and many to come!

Elaine said...

That does look like a beautiful plant. I really like the lacy effect.

Brent said...

This will look great, Kenn, and if it is the fruiting kind, there are some tremendous elderberry recipes

Claudine said...

that is a really cool plant, I think we have one at the beach. Maybe I should look more closely.....