Sedum Blue Pearl ('Sunsparkler') (PBR) - The colour of the fleshy foliage is reason enough to grow this drought-tolerant sun-lover, as it is a dusky shade of purple that intensifies as the summer progresses, providing a beautiful contrast to silvers and pinks. This plant is also valuable though for its long flowering season, producing small clusters of bright pink blooms, which are irrisistable to butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects.
Angelica sylvestris Ebony Superior By far the darkest of the Angelica's we have trialed here, this perennial forms a rosette of near black delicately divided foliage. During early Summer, dark flower stems carry broad umbels of purple buds, which open to soft pink. A dramatic plant, much loved by Diggers staff, as it flowered in our trial gardens. Perfect to plant amongst feathery grasses and hazy perennials.
British garden designer Sarah Price added low-maintenance grasses to ornamental borders to create drama and height in a historic cottage garden in Oxfordshire. She used a simple, pared-down palette of sedum, salvias, origanum, erigeron, and Stipa gigantea to create structure, texture, and color all year. Piet Oudolf reflective.