Day 199: Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Some people love a zingy flower clash, all bright colours and an irreverent disregard of harmony. Others prefer their interest to be generated from the contrast between foliage forms, textures and hues. On balance, I tend towards the latter camp, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a foot in both (or neither, come to think of it). This particular association between a dark leaved dahlia and the bright charteuse of Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’ honestly made my mouth water when I spotted it in the gardens at Great Comp – a reaction I’m putting down to the citrus associations with that particular shade of lime green, proving that I’m a sucker for a fruity foliage combo.

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