Bugle. Thunder and Lightning,€2.35
For most of the year Ajuga is a pleasant, quiet achiever, a very versatile low growing ground cover, with evergreen, rosette-like foliage that hugs the ground like an evergreen carpet but those weeks in spring when the blue flowers appear are simply quite magical.
Gipsy Laces, Lady's Needlework.€3.00
Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing' is the most elegant and garden-worthy form of cow parsley. With stunning, almost black, finely cut ferny foliage the first year, it explodes the second year with delicate clusters of small white flowers held above the darkest of foliage. Use them for fillers in bouquets as you would Queen Anne’s lace.
Actaea simplex Atropurpurea Group€2.70
Out of stockActaea simplex 'Atropurpurea' is an exceptionally beautiful selection, valued for its large Astilbe-like leaves of purple black. Its dark hue makes a wonderful backdrop for colourful foliage and flowering shade plants. In late summer, long, fluffy spires in pale pinkish-white, rise above the dark foliage.
Painted Nettle. Flame Nettle€2.25
This wonderful Victorian type coleus ‘Black Dragon’ forms a riot of rumpled leaves in velvety purplish black leaves, each bordered by frilly edges. The ruby red centres are sometimes flecked with violet or pink. Easy to grow from seed, they will show their first colours in as little as two weeks.
Purple Cabbage Palm€2.35
Cordyline Atropurpureum make a strong vertical shapes, the deep purple colouring contrasts well with silver foliage and can be an excellent foil for the lush foliage of other exotica. They look equally at home in more conventional and hardy ornamental borders.
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Dahlia Redskin gives an impressive display. The rich dark bronze foliage serves as a dramatic background for the large, spectacular single flowers in a delightful mix of rich colours and includes shades of purple, orange, bronze, garnet and maroon. All American Selection winner.
Herb Fennel, Bronze Fennel.€1.95
Used in many culinary dishes, the leaves and seeds of Fennel have a sweet aroma and an aniseed flavour. The fine clouds of feathery, bronze-purple leaves are wonderful in the herb garden or among tall perennials and grasses. The foliage acts as a delicate veil through which flower heads of plants can be seen.
'Dark Reiter’, is a fairly new cultivar originating from 'Victor Reiter' whose namesake was the legendary California nurseryman. What sets this plant apart is the new leaves that emerge a light maroon colour then fade to a purple-flushed deep green, it produces violet-blue flowers in spring.
Heuchera villosa, Coral Bells, Alumroot€2.70
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Heuchera Melting Fire is a new seed variety of this charming groundcover. The new foliage emerges bright red with delightfully curled and heavily ruffled edges. As spring turns to summer the colour deepens, adding maroon highlights, The flower stems carry delicate clusters of white flowers. Pelleted Seed.
Purple New Zealand Flax€2.20
Out of stockPhormium tenax 'Purpureum' with its rich bronze-purple leaves has two characteristics which are sought-after by gardeners looking to add a bit of drama to their borders. Bold, architectural lines with erect, sword-shaped leaves and rich evergreen foliage colour.
Japanese Jacob's Ladder€2.50
Collected at altitude in Japan and introduced in 2006, Polemonium yezoense 'Purple Rain' is one of the best new introductions in recent years. With bronze-purple lacy foliage, dark stems and violet-blue flowers, it is the darkest flower form of Polemonium available.
Castor Oil Plant€2.65
Ricinus communis 'Carmencita' is an outstanding new variety with shiny dark brown foliage. The palmate leaves have deeply incised lobes and grow 30 to 75cm (12 to 30in) across. The plants have red stems and in late summer clusters of bright red blooms are followed by stunning scarlet seeds pods.
Dragon's Blood, Crimson or Causican Stonecrop€1.85
Sedum spurium coccineum is the most robust sedum, with deep crimson blooms and bronze-green leaves. Low maintenance, durable and interesting, they enhance the appearance of green roofs, rockeries and containers. In July, dense clusters of showy crimson blooms smother the evergreen plants.
Sedum spurium 'Voodoo' is a stunning little perennial groundcover for hot, sunny locations. The intense dark mahogany foliage that provides a stunning contrast to the almost neon, luminous rosy-red flowers which appear June through August.
Foxtail Millet, Italian Millet
formerly Panicum italicum€2.25
Setaria italica Red Jewel is a rarely-offered variety of annual grass with intensely coloured burgundy red foliage and dramatic foxtail-shaped flower heads. Suitable for growing in the garden or in containers the dark foliage is a great contrast in the garden or the vase.