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.
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.