The striking foliage of these two plants combined together make a dramatic picture.
The bright green plant is a grass called Hakonechloe macra Alboaurea, it makes a nice edging to a path and fills in the lower level, reaching just 40cm tall.
It likes a moist, but well drained soil and will grow in sun or part shade, though in shade it becomes a less bright in colour and more green.
The shrub is Sambucus nigra Eva, with it’s black leaves and pink flowers in summer, it’s a rather refined cousin of our native Elderflower shrub.
It also prefers moist, well drained soil and will eventually reach 2 x 2 metres. It will grow in sun or part shade, but maintains its’s deep black colour better when it can bask in sunshine.
They look nice against the backdrop of the stone wall too.
image: Jill Anderson