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If your beds lack drama or depth, there's an easy fix: Just add black.
This pretty and elegant fern adds a hint of drama to any shady bed.
'Diamond Head' elephant's ear
Probably the most alluring of the elephant's ears group, 'Diamond Head' is also one of the biggest black perennials a gardener can get their hands on.
'Ellen Huston' dahlia
Black foliage topped off with a scarlet flower -- Ellen Huston must've been quite a character.
This chocolate-leaved cultivar up to 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide bears compact spikes of white flowers in late summer.
'Solar Sunrise' coleus
Don't even think of using 'Solar Sunrise' as a filler plant; its dark color and lighter accents make it quite the thriller.
Purple Pixie™ Chinese fringe flower
This nearly-black evergreen is a statement plant in any lanscape.
Purple shamrock's pretty foliage and dainty flowers make it a good choice for containers, borders, or indoors.
'Royal Wedding' Oriental poppy
White frills with dark details: would you have a 'Royal Wedding' any other way? But don't let looks fool you. 'Royal Wedding' is hardy to -30ºF and handles dry spells with grace becoming to its name.
'Black Knight' pincushion flower
Oh, you've never seen a black pincushion flower? Take one home from the nursery and your blue varieties will forever play second fiddle.
'Postman's Pride' sedum
Look to this luscious dark succulent for understated drama. Like other sedums, 'Postman's Pride' is useful in rock and xeriscape gardens because, once established, it thrives without irrigation except during severe droughts.
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