Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver'

dead nettle

2 litre pot
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The purple-pink flowers are nothing, but the mound of crisp silver leaves margined in green in winter make this highly desirable - trim back in autumn for maximum effect

Val Bourne - Garden Writer

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained garden soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Flowering period: May to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Delicate silver leaves, narrowly edged in green give this lamium an ethereal quality. It quickly forms a silvery carpet of foliage with whorls of long-lasting, nettle-like, magenta flowers in late spring and early summer. A beautiful semi-evergreen groundcover plant that will light up the base of deciduous or even evergreen shrubs and trees. It prefers partial shade, and once established, will even flourish in difficult areas of dry shade.

  • Garden care: If you are growing this in dry shade, keep it well watered until it is established. After it has finished flowering, remove the faded flower heads to encourage fresh new foliage. Lift and divide large clumps in late autumn or early spring.

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