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25 Stunning Silver Plants to Add Shimmer to Your Garden

Silver plants add cool contrast to bright colors and shine in a variety of garden styles.

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Consider Silver Plants for Adding Elegance and Contrast to the Garden

When you are looking for garden drama, look no further than silver plants. Whether succulents, shrubs or ornamental grasses, silver-hued plants provide rich contrast to bright or muted colors. The little black dress of the garden, a plant with silver leaves goes with anything. Plus, the Garden Media Group predicts a "horti-futurist" movement marked by sci-fi influences will make star-flecked or silver-hued plants more desirable garden additions in 2024.

Sageleaf Willow 'Iceberg Alley' (shown here) is a cold-hardy shrub and low-maintenance landscaping plant suitable for Zones 2 to 6. Silver catkins with red stamens appear in spring, followed by silvery, disease-resistant foliage. It’s a favorite deciduous shrub because silver works with almost any other plant color and its slender leaves add texture to the garden. Full sun is ideal for sageleaf willows, but they’ll tolerate partial sun. While the plants don’t mind moist soil or rain gardens, they will die if allowed to stand in water. At maturity, 'Iceberg Alley' reaches 3 to 6 feet tall and wide. Apply a balanced fertilizer in spring and snip the catkins for cut flowers. Prune as needed and grow these shrubs in borders, masses or wildlife gardens, or use one as a specimen plant.

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Lavender 'Silver Anouk'

Lavandula stoechas 'Silver Anouk' features silver foliage and whimsical tufts of purple florets that give this perennial its uniquely ravishing look. It is especially nice to plant in containers or near porches and pathways where you can enjoy Silver Anouk's delicious fragrance. This lavender has a compact size and a width of 12-18 inches and does best in well-drained soil.

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Dichondra Argentea 'Silver Falls'

Dichondra argentea 'Silver Falls' has a silvery sheen and delicate fan-shaped leaves. 'Silver Falls' is heat- and drought-tolerant, and is especially lovely when it is allowed to cascade from containers and window boxes as a dramatic "spiller" plant.

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Brunnera macrophylla 'Sterling Silver'

A lovely foliage plant for shade, this Brunnera macrophylla 'Sterling Silver' has large, silvery heart-shaped leaves and looks great as a groundcover and in containers.

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