Several species are valuable for interesting leaf patterns and silvery gray or white aromatic foliage (flowers are generally insignificant). Most kinds are excellent in mixed borders, where their white or silvery leaves soften harsh reds and oranges and blend beautifully with blues, lavenders, and pinks. Provide good drainage. Cut nonwoody-stemmed perennials to ground in late fall to rejuvenate; prune back woody perennials and shrubs (into older wood if necessary) before first flush of spring growth. Divide perennials in spring or fall; propagate shrubs by cuttings.Artemisia absinthium
Native to Europe,temperate Asia. reaches 2–4 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. Silvery gray, finely divided leaves have a bitter taste and pungent odor. Tiny yellow flowers. Prune toshape. Divide every 3 years. Makes a fine background shrub; a good gray feature in a flowerborder beside delphiniums. ‘Lambrook Silver’ is 1 1/2 ft. tall with silvery, finely cut leaves.
Native to the Mediterranean region. Anopen, spreading plant to 3–5 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. Leaves gro...
Lilac flowers in fall.Orange-red stigma is true saffron of commerce. To harvest saffron, pluck stigmas...
Pinkish purple flowers held on weeping, contorted branches; best with afternoon shade.