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.

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