Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver Queen'
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: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 9/2/2005 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 9/5/2005 by Crocus
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