Common Name: Stonecrop
Sedum telephium 'Purple Emperor' has black-purple foliage and rosy pink flowers. It is one of the first sedums to bloom in late summer. It attracts pollinators and is drought-tolerant. 'Sedum' means 'seat', in reference to some plants in this genus who grow in stone walls (hence the common name); 'telephium' is from the Greek word for 'distance'.
Common name: Black lilyturf, black mondo grass
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' is native to Japan and can be found in our Japanese Collection. It is also found in the Black Garden, where its strappy black leaves and shiny berries are the perfect foil for many yellow plants. Small pinkish flowers appear in summer.
Ophiopogon comes from the Greek words 'ophis' meaning serpent and 'pogon' meaning beard. Planiscapus refers to the flat shape of the flower stalk.