Saturday, May 1, 2010

Lamium

A genus of shade groundcover perennials related to the Mint that are attractive in foliage and flower, and are generally vigorous yet non invasive. Deer resistant and rarely bothered by pests of disease. They can be sheared back after flowering to encourage denser habit. In milder climates where they are evergreen, do not cut back again until early spring.

Lamiastrum galeobdolon ( Yellow Archangel )
A fast spreading to rampant, mat forming, groundcover perennial, reaching up to 2 x 4 feet ( rarely exceeding 1.5 feet in height ), that is native to Eurasia.
The deeply toothed, heart-shaped, evergreen leaves, up to 3 inches in length, are mid-green and mottled with silvery-gray.
The yellow tubular flowers, up to 0.8 inches in length, are borne in heads of up to 10 during late spring into early summer.
Hardy zones 2 to 7 in light to deep shade. Tolerant of flooding as well as dry shade under trees.

* photos taken on Apr 24 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on May 19 2011 in Bel Air, MD


'Florentinum'
A very fast spreading, groundcover perennial, with foliage that is silvery-gray with green margins.

* photos taken on May 14 2012 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on Mar 27 2012 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on May 17 2012 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on June 23 2016 in Columbia, MD


'Hermann's Pride'
The smaller, showy, silvery-gray leaves have conspicuous deep green veins.
A better clumper, only reaching up to 1.5 x 3.5 feet, not being so invasive.
The very profuse, small, deep yellow flowers are borne during late spring.
It is deciduous but can be planted with early spring bulbs.

* photo taken on annual Horticultural Society of Maryland Garden Tour

* photos taken on April 29 2012 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on May 4 2016 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on May 27 2017 @ Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, VA

'Silver Angel'
Silvery gray-green foliage.

'Silver Carpet'
Foliage is speckled silver. Not invasive.

'Variegatum'
Leaves are silver with a green border.

Lamium garganicum
A compact, mat-forming perennial, reaching a maximum size of 16 inches x 4 feet, that is native to Europe and western Asia.
The toothed, broad, triangular leaves, up to 3 inches in length, are dull mid-green.
The red or purplish-pink flowers, up to 1 inch in length, are borne in heads of up to 8, during summer.
Hardy zones 5 to 8 in partial to full shade on moist, well drained soil.

Lamium maculatum ( spotted Dead Nettle )
A fast spreading, mat forming, groundcover perennial, reaching up to 8 inches x 4.3 feet, that is native to much of Europe and western Asia.
The crinkled, toothed, heart-shaped, semi-evergreen leaves, up to 3 inches in length, are mid-green and mottled with silvery-gray. In mild climates it is evergreen.
The purplish-pink ( rarely white or pink ) tubular flowers, up to 0.8 inches in length, are borne in spikes up to 2 inches in length, during early to mid summer.
Hardy zones 2 to 8 in light to deep shade on moist, well drained soil. Tolerant of dry shade. In zone 7; cut back to 6 inches in height twice yearly for a denser more uniform groundcover. Shearing back during early spring helps stimulate vigorous healthy new growth.

'Album'
Foliage is mottled silvery-white. Flowers are white.

'Anne Greenway'
A groundcover perennial, reaching up to 8 inches x 5 feet, with very attractive multi-color foliage that is silvery in the middle surrounded mid-green than a yellow border.
The lavender-pink flowers are borne late spring into early summer.

* photos taken on April 22 2010 in Clarksville, MD




Argenteum'
Foliage is mottled silvery-gray. The flowers are reddish.

* photo taken on May 16 2010 @ Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore, MD


'Aureum' ( Yellow Leaf Deadnettle )
Forms a semi-evergreen mat, up to 8 inches x 4 feet in size, with foliage that is golden-yellow with white centers and spotting. Flowers are pink.
Requires moist, shady sites.

'Beacon Silver'
Forms a mat up to 1 x 5 feet with foliage that is silvery-gray with a narrow green margin.
The flowers are pink, borne late spring into early summer.
An excellent groundcover for the shady landscape.

* photo taken on May 5 2010 in Columbia, MD




* photos taken on May 4 2012 in Ellicott City, MD


'Beedham's White'
A groundcover perennial, reaching up to 8 inches x 5 feet, with greenish-yellow leaves and pure white flowers.

'Chequers'
A very vigorous, groundcover perennial, reaching a maximum size of 8 x 20 inches, with small leaves. The foliage is deep green with a silver stripe in the center.
The pink flowers are borne mid to late spring.

'Elizabeth de Haas'
A groundcover perennial, reaching up to 8 inches x 5 feet, with foliage that is green and splashed with creamy-white and gold. The flowers are lavender-pink.

'Pink Pewter'
A compact groundcover perennial, reaching up to 10 inches x 5 feet, with striking foliage that is silvery-gray with a narrow green margin. The pink flowers are borne over a long season from mid spring to mid summer.
Very heat tolerant.

'Purple Dragon'

* photo taken on May 14 2011 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on April 15 2012 in Columbia, MD



* photo taken on May 4 2016 in Columbia, MD


'Red Nancy'
A mat forming perennial, reaching up to 10 inches x 5 feet, with silvery foliage that is edged in green. The flowers are reddish-pink, borne mid spring to mid summer.

* photo taken on June 10 2011 in Columbia, MD




'Shell Pink'
Forms a rapid spreading mat, up to 15 inches x 5 feet, with leaves that are green with a white blotch in the middle.
The profuse, light pink flowers are borne over a long season from mid spring to mid summer.

* photo taken on 2010 annual Horticultural Society of Maryland Garden Tour



* photo taken on May 14 2011 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on May 14 2012 in Columbia, MD

* photo taken on Jul 25 2015 @ Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON


'White Nancy'
Forms a vigorous mat up to 1 x 5 feet with foliage that is silvery-gray with a narrow green margin. The flowers are pure white, borne mid spring into early summer.

* photo taken on May 5 2012 in Baltimore, MD


Lamium orvala ( Giant Dead Nettle )
A non-invasive, slow-spreading, upright, clumping, herbaceous perennial, reaching a maximum size of 3.5 x 1.5 feet, that is native to southern Europe ( from western Austria to southern Hungary; south to northern Italy to western Yugoslavia ).
The toothed, heart-shaped leaves are up to 6 x 4 ( typically 3 to 4 ) inches in size. The foliage is deep green.
The flowers are white, pink or purplish.
Hardy zones 4 to 8 in partial to full shade.

Related members of the Lamiacaea family.

Macbridea caroliniana
A slow-spreading, stoloniferous perennial, reaching up to 3 x 4 feet, that is native to bogs and wet woods of the coastal plain of the southeastern U.S. ( from Alabama to southeastern North Carolina; south to Florida ).
The toothed, lance to ovate leaves are bright green.
The purplish-pink flowers, up to 1 inch in length, are borne during late summer.
Hardy zones 7 to 9 in full sun on wet soil.

Satureja douglasii ( Yerba Buena )
A fragrantly aromatic, evergreen, groundcover perennial, reaching up to 1 x 3 + feet in size, that is native to western North America ( from British Columbia to western Montana; south to southern California ).
The heart-shaped leaves, up to 1 inch in length, are bright green. The foliage is excellent for use in making tea.
Thrives in full sun to partial shade on just about any well drained soil.
Easy to grow from seed, cuttings or division.

Satureja montana ( Winter Savory )
A perennial, reaching up to 18 x 20 inches in size.
Hardy zones 5 to 10 in full sun on just about any well drained soil. Cut back every year or 2.

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