Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver Queen'
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Straight uprights stems of narrow silver foliage that look like white-felt in summer sun - a foil for dark penstemons or bright-pink wands of Dianthus carthusianorum
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, fertile soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering Period: August to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Artemesias are prized for their fine, almost silver, aromatic foliage rather than for their flowers, which are dull and insignificant. This one is semi-evergreen and has slender, silvery-white leaves, that turn greener as they age and tiny, brownish-yellow, mimosa-like flowers in August and September. It is an ideal groundcover plant for a sunny, well-drained Mediterranean border or gravel garden. Drought tolerant once established, it's an excellent foil for white or brightly coloured flowers. Give it space to spread out.
- Garden care: Cut back stems back to ground-level in autumn and apply a generous mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around base of the plant.
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Q:I cut back my x2 artemisia silver queens (in their first year) in late autumn last year per yr advice. Despite plenty of bushy growth last year, there are no signs of life yet this year. My soil is fairly heavy clay. Should I assume they are dead or is there still time for them to start growing this year? Many thanks.Asked on 5/5/2014 by jackspratt22 from wiltshire
What a shame. Unfortunately if they are not showing any new growth by now, I think they have not made it through the winter. They need a well drained soil, and probably with the awful wet winter, along with your clay soil maybe getting waterlogged has killed them.Answered on 6/5/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:What can I plant on my slope?
I have a fairly steep bank of clay soil, which is in full sun most of the day. What do you think would grow well and provided easy maintenance. I would welcome any opinions you have.Asked on 2/9/2005 by Loolsajo@aol.com
A:Below is a list of plants that should grow well on a sunny slope. Before planting dig in loads of well-composted manure to help improve the soil. It is back-breaking work, but well worth it in the long run. SHRUBS Cotoneaster dammeri http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1021&CategoryID= Hebe pinguifolia 'Pagei' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3935&CategoryID= Ceanothus thyrsiflorus var. repens http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/ceanothus-thyrsiflorus-var.-repens/classid.727/ Cistus x argenteus 'Silver Pink' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=840&CategoryID= PERENNIALS Alchemilla mollis http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=233&CategoryID= Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver Queen' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=2839&CategoryID= Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen' http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/origanum-laevigatum-herrenhausen/classid.3280/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/geranium-macrorrhizum-white-ness/classid.2000015973/Answered on 5/9/2005 by Crocus
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