Actaea simplex 'Brunette'

Chocolate-leaved cultivar, approximately 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Bears compact spikes of white flowers in late summer. This plant may languish in very warm temperatures. The flowers remain ornamental for three to four weeks.

Height: 3-6 feet
Width: 1-3 feet
Water: Average
Blooms: Summer - Late Summer
Exposure: Partial Shade ONLY
Hardiness: Zone 4

Actaea simplex 'Hillside Black Beauty'

Bugbanes are late-season blooming perennials, generally planted in rich moist woodland situations. This is an exceptionally good selection, perhaps the blackest form to date. Arching wands or spikes of fragrant pale-pink flowers rise above the clump of lacy foliage in early fall. In cool summer areas this will grow well in sunny sites, otherwise choose a part-shade location, protected from hot afternoon sun. Plants will take about three years to develop into a mature clump.
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Water: Moist but well-drained soil
Blooms: Fall
Exposure: Part shade to full sun
Hardiness: Zone 4