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One of the few black-leaved plants in existence, this isn't officially a grass, but it's habit and garden use merit it's consideration for edging and other landscaping uses. Black Mondo Grass is tolerant of full sun to part shade, very attractive, and trouble-free in most settings. Rely on it to add dramatic color to the border, garden path, or accent plantings. Just 9 in. high, this plant spreads about a foot wide, with long, slender, elegant leaves of a purple so dark they appear black. It bears small, bright pink blooms in summer, followed by glossy black berries that remain through autumn into winter, but it's primary emphasis is on the splendid foliage. Grow Black Mondo Grass in any good, well-drained soil. It is highly resistant to heat and drought, but appreciates a winter mulch.