Silver Linings: Silver and Gray Plants

Combine plants with gray and silver foliage to create a light, airy atmosphere. Choose your favorites!
From: DK Books - Small Garden
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Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet' is a mat-forming, perennial lamb's ear that is evergreen in mild climates. 'Silver Carpet' has woolly, silver-grey leaves and makes an interesting border or groundcover.

Silky Salvia

Salvia argentea, or silver sage, is a short-lived perennial with very fuzzy, silver-green leaves that are arranged in wide rosettes. It has creamy white flowers in summer, but they should be removed to enjoy the foliage longer.

Silver Wormwood

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' is a dwarf evergreen shrub of compact growth with finely-divided, silvery leaves.

Curry Plant

The curry plant looks very similar to a lavender in its leaf stage, but totally different in bloom. It likes it warm and dry and thrives on sunny slopes where it attracts beneficial insects to its unusual flowers.

Hebe Pinguifolia 'Pagei'

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Santolina Pinnata

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Artichoke Thistle

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'Beacon Silver' Dead Nettle

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