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Silver foliage catches the eye and offers a change of pace from predominant greens and flower hues.
Lamb's ears is a mat-forming perennial with rosettes of furry, silvery-gray leaves. In summer, it bears gray spikes tipped with tiny, pink-purple or violet flowers.
Centaurea cineraria 'Colchester White'
Best used as a foliage plant, this plant's intricately cut, frosty-silver leaves produce a large, elegant arching mound.
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
'Jack Frost' is a woodland plant valued for its flowers and its heart-shaped, ground-covering leaves.
Here's a fern with an upright habit and silvery fronds that give it a ghostly look, hence the name. Emerging new fronds have a shimmering whitish color that darkens slowly to a silvery green with burgundy accents.
Wormwood is a woody perennial with finely cut, silvery-gray, aromatic foliag. It makes an excellent foil for bright colors and dark foliage.
Dichondra argentea 'Silver Falls'
Long silvery stems, sometimes reaching 4 feet or more, bear silvery,
small leaves. Use this striking plant as a groundcover or in containers.
Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
'Powis Castle', a woody plant with dense clumps of silver-gray leaves, makes a great
Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy'
Like other lamiums, 'White Nancy' is an outstanding foliage plant for the shade.
Pulmonaria ‘Silver Shimmers’
This eye-catching perennial is perfect in a woodland border and makes a great ground cover and container plant.
Lamium maculatum ‘Pink Chablis'
'Pink Chablis' has pink flowers above silvery gray leaves edged with dark green. These trailing plants make fine ground covers or cascaders.
Santolina, or lavender cotton, is a fine-textured, mound-forming shrub with gray foliage and yellow, button-like flowerheads that appear in summer.
Mullein is a biennial or short-lived perennial. In its first year, evergreen woolly leaves form rosettes. In its second year, large blossoms open from the bottom up on flower stalks that reach up to 6 feet high.
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