Black is the new green. I am convinced of that after seeing a new ‘Black Diamond’ Crape Myrtle. I have done posts on black plants before, most notably http://thegardendiaries.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/50-shades-of-black/ and you could have an entire garden of black flowers and plants if you wanted. But you need to use black judiciously next to bright colors for the best effect, such as lime, or bright pink.
So, when I saw this black Crape Myrtle at my Lowes, I stopped to take a picture, finger the leaves and think about taking one home. I loved the foliage but am skeptical that the color remains that intense as the plant matures. The flower is the right color to show off the foliage and is a super saturated pinky red. Since I have very little space to plant a Crape Myrtle ( I already have about 6!), I am not going to cave in and make this an impulse buy. I need to find out first if the color is consistent, and if it flowers profusely before I lay out the money. I have been burned on too many plants in the past, so I am going to wait this one out.