Black-leaved ligularia or Ligularia 'Brit-Marie Crawford' was named one of the top perennials for 2006. It has a glossy maroon foliage with orange daisy-like flowers. Grows about three to four feet tall and spreads about the same. Needs full sun to part shade and prefers moist soil and shade. USDA Zones 4-9
A new paint job and complete landscape overhaul make passers-by stop and stare. The crumbling stairs have been removed from the front yard and the old retaining wall has been filled in to transform the front yard into one huge planting bed. The angled plantings draw the eye up to the cute little house.