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Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Black Lace', aka Black Elder. It has almost black, dissected foliage and from May to June pale pink, musk-scented blooms emerge from beautiful creamy-pink buds. For best foliage effect cut back to ground level each year in early spring


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The native wood spurge, very tough evergreen Euphorbia for any shady conditions including the dry soils right under trees. Green leaves and yellow flowers in Summer. Useful addition to the woodland border.


Euphorbia amygdlaoides var robbiae

Euphorbia polychroma, spurge. Early flowering (April), lime green flowers, foliage turns bronze in autumn.

Euphorbia polychroma - spurge

Classic picture of height level colour. Rosemary Verey's pergola of laburnum and alliums

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Shade Loving Plants - Euphorbia amygdaloides 'robbiae' - Wood Spurge. One of the few Euphorbias tolerant of shade Euphorbia amygdaloides 'robbiae' is an excellent plant for dry shade under trees. With its bright green foliage it can really stick out amongst the other more usual darker green shade tolerant plants.

Shade Loving Plants - Make the most out of your problem areas in the garden.

Japanese aralia Fatsia japonica: 4 x 4m, good contrast with ferns. Good in shade.

Fatsia japonica - Japanese aralia