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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 Posts: 26,433

    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: 6,901

    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_ Posts: 4,248

    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: 3,550

    What gorgeous dark plants, really love them all

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

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,633

    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.

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  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,819


    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: 6,901

    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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