Monday, October 29, 2012

Black Scallop Ajuga

The little ones have grown up in my house and all over the neighborhood.  If we get a half dozen trick-or-treaters here, I'll be surprised.  Although Hurricane Sandy will miss us, she's certainly been a preoccupation over the last few days.

For the first year ever, we have no jack-o-lantern, no candy, nor any other signs of Halloween at our house, but the garden has offered up this pretty black and orange combo.   It's Ajuga 'Black Scallop' with a mix of fallen foliage -- oak, sweetgum, dogwood, river birch.  Even better, don't you think?  No carbs, and no carving required!

Like other ajugas, this one has a big flush of purple flower spikes in the spring and adds a nice contrast of texture and color to the daffodils and azaleas.  It's a tough, drought-resistant ground cover that isn't bothered by deer or rodents.  It keeps its leaves through the winter, but it looks especially good (and black!) in October.


For more black plants you might like to add to your garden, take a look at Black Plants:  75 Striking Choices for the Garden.