Artemisia ludoviciana

This fine foliage plant from North America has leaves so covered with down as to be almost white. Growing to 3 feet (90 cm) or a little more, it is a mass of willow-shaped aromatic leaves through the summer, with sprays of tiny grey-white flowers later in the season. It is frankly invasive and needs a bit of propping, but the rewards are the soft, soothing colour it provides.

Artemisia ludoviciana is a hardy herbaceous species, sometimes more than 3 feet (90 cm) in height.

Producing a mass of silvery white leaves. In late summer the greyish flowers blend with the foliage.

Artemisia ludoviciana bright flowers of the summer border, and the lavish quantity of stems you will get for cutting.

A well-liked variety is ‘Silver Queen’, a shorter plant, but even more floppy, and with different leaves, much dissected as against the entire leaves of the species. It runs freely underground, and in the mixed border must be firmly controlled. Yet another useful artemisia is the bushy, non-invasive A. absinthium ‘Lambrook Silver’, a plant selected by Mrs Margery Fish, but the dissected leaves are grey rather than silver-white.

Like most silver and grey plants, the artemisias look beautiful against pink -pink roses, mallows, phlox – or against dark red, if you prefer a stronger contrast. I have seen A ludoviciana as an effective foreground to the deep purple gallica rose Tuscany’.

Plant artemisias 18 inches (45 cm) apart in dry well-drained soil in full sun, and cut them down when they begin to look bedraggled at the close of autumn.

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.