Architectural Plants – Sambucus nigra (black elder)

An architectural giant in the garden and one that ticks a lot of boxes for me as a designer is this one – Sambucus nigra (black elder). In flower now and looking striking with it’s lacy black foliage it makes a real focal point in a sunny border.

Sambucus Nigra (balck elder)

Bred from our native elder it’s a hardy plant that will grow in any soil but beware it grows quickly and will reach 2- 3 metres in no time! Be brutal in early spring though and cut it back to ground level and you’ll be able to keep it to a manageable size. I like to plant bright or lime green shrubs next to it for contrasting effect.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s