Dark Foliage Plants
Ok, first of all, I wanted to say that I wasn't sure exactly where I should post this, but a lot of these plants are techincally considered perennials, so I thought this would be a good spot.
Anyways, over the past few weeks I've done some research about plants that are well known for their foliage. The reason I like dark foliage plants is because unlike plants with just green foliage, darker foliage plants add a nice contrast with your other plants. Another reason to choose foliage plants over flowering plants is because flowering plants only bloom once (some of them) and then that's it for the season, but with foliage plants you get that nice foliage for a longer period of time (sometimes all season). This is a list of plants I've found with exceptionally colorfol foliage that will add interest to your garden for years to come!!
Black Mondo Grass "Nigrescens"
Weigela Midnight Wine
Sambucus Nigra "Black Beauty"
Cotinus coggygria "Royal Purple"
Corylus Maxima "Purpurea"
Japanese Maple "Crimson Queen"
Physocarpus "Summer Wine"
Berberis thunbergii ÂConcordeÂ
Sedum "Purple Emperor"
Sedum "Black Jack"
Purple Fountain Grass
Cimicifuga simplex "Hillside Black Beauty"
Actaea simplex "Brunette"
Tradescantia Pallida "Purple Heart"
Gynura Aurantica "Purple Passion"
Cryptanthus bivittatus "Ruby"
If you know of any others, let me know! I think I got most of the really popular ones, though. If you've never heard of these, you ought to google them sometime. They're really just stunning when in the right spot.
I'd like to add some of these to my garden eventually, and I may post about this on the trading forum as well.