Shades Of Grey

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Silver is not always second best, especially in the garden. Here, silver plants are true stars!

They provide gorgeous contrast to dark or overly green areas of the garden and are great alternatives to flowering plants. There are so many plants to choose from, too. Herbs like curry leaf plant or wormwood, intriguingly shaped cineraria or furry lamb’s ears – all of them shine so bright, you may need shades!

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1. Dwarf Cotton Lavender

With its perfect little leaves and compact coral-like growth, the dwarf cotton lavender (Santolina chamaecyparissus nana) makes the perfect border plant. Not only does it have a silver sheen, but small button-like yellow flowers dance above the foliage in summer. For best results, plant in full sun with well-drained soil.

2. Cineraria Silver Dust

If you like larger foliage, but in compact form, then you can’t go past Cineraria Silver Dust (Senecio maratima). This soft, low growing perennial is hard wearing, great for coastal regions and loves full sun.

3. Lamb’s Ears

Another soft and fluffy garden favourite – there is something calming about running your fingers along the foliage of lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina). Perfect for kids and big kids alike. They perform at their best in full sun and well drained soils.

4. Wormwood

After just more than foliage? Want a plant that has your back in the garden? Look for wormwood (Artemisia spp.). Its ‘superpowers’ include assisting with the control of ants, lice and mozzies. It loves full sun and is hardy as old boots, handling frosts and heat well. It doesn’t play well with others though, so plant it away from other plants. For a small and neat shrub, go for Artemisia ‘Canescens’ or Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’, but if you want height, plant the wormwood tree (Artemisia pontica).

5. Silver Dollar Tree

Enjoyed by koalas and a firm favourite of florists, the silver dollar tree (Eucalytus cinerea) is the perfect large sized silver stunner for your backyard. Make sure you prune it though (or have the room for it to grow) – if left unpruned it can grow to a massive 18 metres in height! To keep it at eye level, regularly prune in spring and summer.

Flannel Flower

The native flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi ‘Starbright’) is a show stopper, especially when in flower in spring and summer. Plus, their flowers are a haven for butterflies! Perfect for full sun to shady areas and sandy soils.


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