So I was walking from my car to the front door of our house and couldn’t help but inhale the most amazing fragrance from the garden. It stopped me to look around and start smelling everything in sight. I finally realized it was the blooms on the Actaea simplex ‘Hillside Black Beauty,’I planted a few years ago. Until now, it has just been a pretty purple colored plant in the landscape, a nice break from all of the green. A few weeks ago, I noticed it had spikey berries on it which I thought was interesting, but no idea of the surprise that was coming. The fragrance is amazing, I wish I could send you the scent of this plant electronically…it’s a fabulous gift from nature.
My plants are about five feet tall and about two feet wide. In bloom for almost a week now and the tall spikey blooms don’t need any staking (very impressive). It is grown in partial shade with maybe an hour of afternoon sunshine. The soil in this spot is moist. Doing a little research on these plants and have found a lot of fabulous reviews about it…I had no idea what a treasure I have in my front garden bed.