I can see it now…
Andrea Bellamy |

Black Lace arrives in select garden centres in spring 2006. Normally polite Canadian gardeners will be knocking over little old ladies in a bid to secure what will quickly become the latest “must-have” perennial. Some will be reminded of the 1983 Cabbage Patch Kid shortage.

Seriously, though. Black Lace elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’) from ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs by Proven Winners is going to be hot.

First, it’s black – and black foliage is still very desireable. Second, it has a fine, lacey texture (comparable to that of a Japanese maple). Apparently, it also has beautiful pink blooms in early spring and summer. Then – get this – in the fall it produces dark black berries that can be used for making wine and jam or for attracting wildlife! You really can’t get much better than that.

Use: As a stand alone accent plant, mixed in a perennial and annual border, in a container or even as a hedge.
Hardiness: To Zone 4.
Size: 6-8′ high and wide.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade.

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