As anyone with a little black dress (or suit) knows, black is the ideal backdrop for anything you put against it. Deacon points out that brilliant blooms against dark and brooding foliage pop like fireworks in the night sky. But bloom isn?t the main concern here. Dark foliage is the main criteria, and flowers such as the barberry?s dangling golden clusters or ligularia?s spikes of bright orange blooms are serendipitous.
?Hillside Black Beauty? bugbane pairs with ?Royal Purple? smokebush