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Hello everyone,

I planted out my dahlias a couple of weeks ago and I keep looking at this dark leaved one thinking I need some hardy dark foliage plants...

I have a dark heuchera but i haven't got a clue about other plants that could fit the bill. I can cope with dividing clumps but i don't want things that pop up all over the place.

So well behaved, 40/60cm wide, roughly same height, dark foliage plants?

thank you



  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 22,342

    Some hydrangeas have very dark leaves and there's a creepy black grass.

    Last edited: 17 June 2016 09:27:33

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    There are some nice dark berberis including a columnar one if you'd like some height. There's a sambucus as well but it might get a bit too big. If you want really quite small there's a beautiful oxalis with almost white pink flowers.


  • LG_LG_ SE LondonPosts: 3,923

    There are some lovely dark red leaved sedums, eg Purple Emperor.

    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • Stevo4Stevo4 Posts: 109

    imagePenstemon Husker Red is one of my faves. The leaves turn darker as the plant matures

  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,544

    What gorgeous dark plants, really love them all

    how about other heuchera varietie, there are some beauties on the market Julie image

  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,064

    There's a purple leaved persicaria - - and a ligularia Britt-Marie Crawford.    For low ground cover there's ajuga reptans "Burgundy Glow" and almost black leaved ophiopogon planescapus nigrescens.   You can heck out their cultivation needs on the RHS site.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,674


    We have similar problems, too much green. We have Eucomis Sparkling Burgundy. Wonderful colour and the flowers are striking.

  • Fantastic suggestions, thank you very much! Mr Google is helping me find out about all those plants.

    I know i've got some dark sedums and ajuga, somewhere... If i remember well the penstemon was in a plug collection... Note, Julie: don't lose dark leaved plants in the borders, you won't notice them. Or maybe i will when they've all bulked up? ?

    Time to update my list for GW Live tomorrow (how convenient ?). Any other ideas, please feel free to add your favourites.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    I love threads like this. Everybody just shouts their favourites. image


    I've got a dark leaved Weigela, which if my memory serves is called Ruby or Bristol Ruby.  It has dark pink flowers And I prune after flowering to keep it a reasonable size.

    ive also got small purple Cordylines.

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