By the end of summer, thousands of small dark buds dot the 2-3-foot-tall plant, promising an explosion of tiny white flowers with raspberry-colored centers.The flowers appear laterally along one side of the stems, hence, the species name.
'Lady in Black' looks good in containers and is great for cut flowers!
Prefers full sun and average to dry, well-drained soil. It is hardy in USDA zones 4 through 8, perhaps even colder. It tolerates heavy soils. Richer soils will generally yield taller plants. Mounds of color begin in September, in a full range of colors. Minimal fertilizing for this beauty.
Pinch stems back in June for bushier plants. General rule of thumb is to pinch until 4th of July and not after. Pinching yields better branching and more flowers.
It is perfect for native plant gardens and meadow plantings. It is also attractive massed in more formal gardens, or placed along walks.
‘Lady in Black’ combines well with black-eyed susan, red-leaved sedum, Russian sage, ornamental grasses such as red-leaved or blue-leaved switchgrass, interplanted with moor grass, or in front of New York asters.
Try it with the blue Professor Kippenburg Aster...a WOW in the fall!