The Common Elder (Sambucus nigra) is mostly known as a hedgerow plant with perfumed creamy-white flowers and small, dark black berries that can be used to make cordial and wine. There are however some new introductions that are highly ornamental, with beautiful dark purple leaves - they will look beautiful and add drama to any garden setting. Elder is great for attracting wildlife to the garden, providing nectar for bees and and fruit for many species of songbird. Fast growing and easy to grow, the plants have a shrubby growth habit and can be planted at the back of a mixed border or planted in a row to create an attractive hedge or screen. They will grow well in most sites (including coastal areas) but will do best in moist but well drained soil and should be planted in full sun or partial shade. Elderberry plants are supplied in pots and are available throughout the year.