(Ball Trift, Joystick Ball Thrift, Plantain Thrift, Sea Pink)
Joystick ball thrift is a compact, clump forming herbaceous perennial that originates from the coasts of Portugal. In early to mid summer, upright, leafless stems topped with large clusters of white, ruby-red, bright pink or lilac flowers spring up from dense clumps of medium green foliage. Spent blossoms should be removed to encourage more flowers. This sun-loving ornamental requires well drained average to poor soil. Ball thrift makes a fine addition to rock gardens, border edges, or trough and...
(Artemisia, Huntington Wormwood)
For billowing masses of silvery foliage, the sheer size of this evergreen shrub does the job. It is a hybrid of Artemisia absinthum a native of Europe and temperate Asia. The oil-rich aromatic foliage was prized in the old herb garden, and the plant was cultivated as pesticide, worm tonic and ingredient of the drink, absinthe. This hybrid offers soft texture and less finely divided leaves with slightly thickened margins. Long grayish yellow flower heads are produced in late summer but offer...
(Powis Castle Wormwood, Wormwood)
When it comes to super silver foliage nothing performs like ‘Powis Castle’!
This distinctive wormwood is a large, semi-woody, mound-forming, deciduous perennial. From spring to fall it offers feathery silver leaves that partner well with many other flowering ornamentals. In late summer insignificant silver and yellow tinged panicles of blooms may appear, though ‘Powis Castle’ often does not flower. If blooms do appear simply remove them to keep the distinctive soft textured foliage neat looking....
(Curlicue Wormwood, Seafoam Wormwood)
This curious silvery-blue perennial, ‘Seafoam,’ is a curlicue sage, so named for the finely divided, plumey, curly leaves that crowd together in distinct bunches like froth on a wave. It is a variety of Artemisia versicolor a plant of unknown origin which is thought to be a dwarf because of its small leaves and density. Low-growing and spreading, ‘Seafoam’ will cascade off rock ledges and over pots and curbs.
Developed mainly for its soft texture and color, ‘Seafoam’ blooms irregularly...
James H. Schutte
Southernwood is a deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub that produces fragrant gray green, feathery, foliage. This southern Europe native has panicles of insignificant yellowish gray flowers in late summer.
Southernwood does best in well drained, fertile soil and full sun. In heavy soils the plant will be short lived. The lemon-scented foliage of this plant is of much interest and is a great addition to any shrub border. It has some medicinal purposes and be of use to people with an interest in...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Dwarf Silvermound, Schmidt's Wormwood, Silvermound, Wormwood)
Dwarf silvermound is a prized selection of an herbaceous perennial native to Japan. It forms a mounding, fine-textured carpet of very finely divided, soft, silky, silver leaves, hence the common name. It blooms in loose clusters of small and insignificant yellow flowers in mid-summer. This dwarf selection, ‘Nana,’ is much shorter and more compact than the species.
This is a very hardy perennial that tolerates moderate drought and does best in full sun and well-drained soil. One ornamental failing...
(Seashore Wormwood, Silver Brocade Wormwood, Star Wormwood)
Low-down, almost prostrate in habit, this selection of the popular foliage annual, Dusty Miller, is prized for its beautiful silver mat of overlapping, small, lobed leaves. The parent species of ‘Silver Brocade’ is native to coastal areas of northern Asia and Japan, and has naturalized in both Europe and the United States. The parent and this selection have proven tolerant of salt air and salty sandy soils. All the same, you can count on ‘Silver Brocade’ to do far better in areas with ordinary drainage,...
(Bloodflower, Scarlet Milkweed)
Butterflies can’t resist this evergreen perennial. Blood flower is native to Mexico and South America and has naturalized throughout subtropical and tropical regions worldwide. Hummingbirds and bees are also regular visitors to the showy flowers.
The plant has upright branched stems which sport lance-shaped, opposite leaves of medium green. When broken, the stems emit a milky-white, sticky latex sap. In the heat of summer plants produce flattened clusters of small, complex red-orange flowers...
(Bloodflower, Red Butterfly Milkweed, Scarlet Milkweed)
Butterflies can’t resist this evergreen perennial. The cultivar ‘Red Butterfly’ of Indian butterfly weed are vigorous growers with brightly colored flower clusters in red, yellow that are darker than average. The stems are sturdy and flowers excellent for cutting.
Also known as blood flower, this butterfly weed is native to Mexico and South America and has naturalized throughout subtropical and tropical regions worldwide. Hummingbirds and bees are also regular visitors to the showy flowers.