Evergreen, Ground covers, Perennials
Native from Europe to western Asia, these clumping or trailing perennials are vigorous growers with opposite pairs of tooth-edged, typically heart-shaped leaves, often marked with silver or white. Clustered flowers come in pink, white, or yellow. Evergreen in mild-winter climates.Lamium galeobdolon
This trailing plant with roundish or heart-shaped leaves blooms in late spring, bearing yellow flowers (not showy). ‘Hermann’s Pride’ is a clump former to 2 ft. tall and wide, with sharply tapered leaves that are evenly and symmetrically marked with white spots and streaks. L. g. montanum ‘Florentinum’ (L. g. ‘Variegatum’) has trailing stems that root as they spread. Dull medium to dark green leaves are edged in green and marbled with silvery gray in the center. Attractive plant in hanging baskets, where it will trail to 2–3 ft., or as a groundcover (it can be invasive but is easily curbed). Considered a noxious weed in the Seattle area.
Grows to 8 in. high; spreads by rhizomes and stolons to 3 ft. wide. Leaves are 1–3 in. long, green with a central white stripe or zone. Pink or white flowers in late spring and early summer. The following selections bloom from spring to midsummer and make excellent groundcovers for shady spots, nicely lighting up darker garden areas. They are also useful in hanging baskets. They need some grooming to remove old, shabby growth.
‘Anne Greenaway’: Pink flowers and green leaves edged in yellow and striped with silver down the center.
‘Aureum’: Golden foliage with silver center marks and pink flowers. ‘Lemon Frost’ has lime green leaves with a white center line.
‘Beacon Silver’: Pink flowers and green-edged, silvery gray leaves; similar in leaf color are ‘Orchid Frost’ (orchid pink flowers), ‘Purple Dragon’ (purple blooms), ‘Red Nancy’ (deep rosy pink flowers), and ‘White Nancy’ (white blooms).
‘Chequers’: Pink flowers and green leaves with a white center stripe.
‘Pink Pewter’: Pink blooms and silvery leaves edged in greenish gray.
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