Dark Side of the Moon Astilbe Planted - May 2023
Dark foliage is something I've been chasing for a number of years. I'm a foliage gardener. And that mostly means greens. Light greens. Dark greens. Glossy greens. Dull greens. But, starting last year, I was turned-on to the idea of being deliberate about dark foliage. Guessing it was Erin the Impatient Gardener who talked about dark foliage. I included it on my 2022 to-do list. And have done a few things in recent years: purple heucheras, a Chocoholic Black Snakeroot, and this silvery Coral Bell that I planted late last Fall and hasn't quite emerged just yet.
So, when I saw that sign (above) at the Morton Arboretum Plant sale, these were the FIRST things in my box. I grabbed three of them. Should have bought even more.
I stuck them into the southside bed - behind the Twinkle Toes Pulmonaria (I moved these closer to the front of the border last Fall), and sort of weaved in next to some Summer Beauty Allium. Below is a photo showing their initial size and spacing:
Here's my 2023 Morton Arboretum Plant Sale Posts:
- A single Orange Queen Epimedium for the understory garden in back.
- A single Island Breeze Hosta with red legs and bright yellow foliage planted in the understory garden in back.
- A pair of HGC Merlin Hellebores planted amongst the existing Lenten Roses.
- Three Spine Tingler Epimedium (Barrenwort) planted by Amber Queens.
- Three Dark Side of the Moon Astilbes - dark foliage FTW.
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