This month’s Plant of the Month has rich wine red stems and glossy leaves, sometimes red like the stems, sometimes a glorious rich green. At this time of the year it can be the contrast leaf colour plant, the richly coloured feature plant or the back-bone of a border. So what is it?
Just look at that colour! I’d grow them just for the way they look in Springtime – I just love the new stems with the delicate bloom on them.
Here in the rose border they are making a real impact already:
Maybe it demonstrates that we have too many roses at the tower but they really are one of the strongest features of the garden at the moment. Obviously there are lovely bulbs and spring perennials also doing their thang and flowering their metaphorical socks off but the roses are among the biggest players right now and I think they deserve more credit for having gorgeous leaves and stems (until the black spot and greenfly get to them anyway!)
What do you think? Are they really only good for the flowers? Maybe you even hate the flowers (wierdo)…