Just as I finished a post about the darkly veined beauty of an abutilon named 'Red Tiger', I learned about two deeply dark new plants. What is the attraction for such dark plants, you might ask, in a spring of mostly dark, gloomy days? Deep purple and chocolate brown add richness and depth, emphasizing the chartreuse haze of fresh new leaves, pastel flowers, and brights like red or orange tulips and showy fritillarias. Think of these dark colors as backdrop and counterpoint to all the vividness of spring.....speaking of, did you notice that just this week (finally!!) the maples are opening their leaves, and lilac buds are plumping up?