Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'
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Smaller leaves more densely packed together and it doesn’t flower (mostly) so it puts all its energy into better foliage
- Position: full sun
- Soil:well-drained, moderately fertile soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Rosettes of silver, greyish white leaves provide an attractive, weed suppressing carpet for much of the year. This variety of 'Lamb's Ears' rarely flowers and is an excellent, drought-tolerant groundcover or edging plant for a well-drained site in full sun. The foliage is a more intense shade of silver than flowering varieties of the plant.
- Garden care: Avoid excessive winter wet and lift and divide large clumps in early spring.
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Q:Would this work under a holly tree?
I have a pair of mature, standard holly trees (Argenteum marginata) recently plannted, with about 1m clear stem before the ball, and I'm looking for something to surround them with. Could I plant this stachys around the stems, or would this mean they (or the hollies) wouldn't get enough water / nutrients? If unsuitable, could you recommend something else?Asked on 28/12/2016 by foggy from Berwick-upon-Tweed
The stachys is a real sun-lover, and as the hollies will cast shade, I would not recommend them for underplanting. If you can make sure they are kept well watered, then perhaps something like a Vinca would be a better option.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.vinca/sort.0/Answered on 4/1/2017 by Helen from crocus
Q:What low-growing evergreen would you suggest?
Please help! Can you suggest a very low growing plant to cover a 1 metre long area alongside a lawn. It needs to be able to cope with fairly dry sunny conditions and be attractive all the time so nice leaves or similar.Asked on 30/6/2006 by Lesley Levy
A:We do have some plants that may be suitable for the area you have described. Below are a few of my suggestions, but you can find many more on our site using our plant search facility. Ajuga http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/results/?q=ajuga Festuca glauca Elijah Blue http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/selectionresults/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1993&CategoryID= Calluna vulgaris Dark Star http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/heathers/calluna-vulgaris-dark-star/classid.464/ Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/perennials/mediterranean-plants/stachys-byzantina-silver-carpet/classid.3621/ Thymus pseudolanuginosus http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/herbs/prices-that-have-been-pruned/thymus-pseudolanuginosus-/classid.2000007112/ Bergenia http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.bergenia/?s=bergeniaAnswered on 3/7/2006 by Crocus
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