Cabernet and Chocolate Anyone? Sumptuous Bright Shade Border

What makes you stop dead in your tracks in the garden? This little bed did it for me!  The rich Cabernet tones and choice chocolate foliage in this very small space are layered together with silvers, blues and golds to make a tapestry effect for close up viewing near a gate entry.

This garden is on the North East corner in a very cool and moist area.  The soil was burmed up slightly to accommodate less than ideal drainage and give some scale and dimension to this low spot. Sambucus ‘Black Beauty’ is gaining some size here as one of the anchor plants, along with Rhododendron ‘PJM Improved’.

Winter Hazel, Ghost Fern, Hosta, Muhlenia, Hardy Fuchsia and Carex complete this combination. If you look closely, you may see the ‘Kangaroo Apple’ peeking its head up and getting ready to bust out in a purple flower show for summer soon!

Leave me a comment and tell me what combinations stop you cold, so that you can’t help but stand and stare. Wine and chocolate- yum!

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