"Black Lace" in the Garden

Several years ago, I started adding plants with dark colored leaves to the garden. One plant that I added was Sambucus nigra "Black Lace". This plant was developed from the Elderberry plant. It has a beautiful finely cut leaf that reminds you of a Japanese Maple. The leaf color is dark purple to a near black. It grows in zones 4 to 8 and prefers sun to part shade. I grow mine in the sun for the best color. It needs plenty of space to grow to reach it's full size of 6 to 8 feet. In the late spring it produces a light pink colored flower. I added this plant to my garden 5 years ago and since then, I have added three more for the great color that they provide to the garden. I grow my "Black Lace" mixed into my perennial borders. They look wonderful with roses, day lilies and other flowering perennials. Sambucus nigra is a very easy to grow plant that gives a lot of color to the garden and works well at showing off the colors of all your other flowers in the garden as well.

Do you like plants with dark colored leaves for your garden? Share your favorites in the comment section.
Happy Gardening!
The Creative Gardener


Hi Debbie! I agree, dark-leafed plants add a lot to a garden. The height of Black Lace is also impressive. It will look good at the back of my garden.
Cameron said…
I would love to have that sambucus, but I don't think I can give it enough water to make it happy in my 12 hours a day of summer sun in zone 7. Would it be happy in the same moist, rich sunny area with asclepias incarnata, eupatorium dubium 'Little Joe' and vernonia fasciculata? I think the black foliage would be stunning with those pink blooms among the butterfly attractors.
This is another one I have on my wish list.
I have seen them around here, just thinking of
a place to put it. I really want one now after
seeing how good it looks in your garden!
Thanks for sharing and stop by and see me....
Hi Debbie. I think they are so beautiful. I would love to have the room for one. I may have to find a place for at least one LOL! It does look so pretty with your roses in the bed.
Heather said…
Hello Debbie - I have a Black Lace too and really like it. It "goes" with so many plants, doesn't it? I like your wrought iron fence too and the red roses (?) go great with it!