|The fuzzy texture of this ornamental vermillion or mullein helps it reflect strong sun and heat. Its constitution can handle the most brutal of Oklahoma summers.|
|Contrasts in color, texture and form is visually appealing and contributes to an interesting flowerless gray-toned vignette.|
|Note how the mullein grows in between flagstone with excellent drainage, whereas the box balls and other green growers in the background are growing in the garden bed.|
|Mullien, easily started from seed, resembles Lamb’s Ear closely, but handles heat and humidity in my garden far more successfully.|
|A small and happy mullein takes seed and grows in the gravel.|
|Dainty gray foliage of yellow columbine that germinated easily in gravel mulch.|
|The delicate cut foliage of this columbine is attractive with or without its yellow bloom, and is often used in my garden bouquets.|
|Pink Ice Plant and silvery artemisia grow at the base of a stone bench, reveling in the dry environment.|
|‘Blue My Mind’ growing as a beautiful gray, blue flowered ground cover, another effective gray + color combo.|
|Gold and gray is also an excellent color combo, used here as a ground cover in a full sun exposure in-between massive slabs of flagstone at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.|
Gray and silver choices are plentiful in the succulent category. One of my favorites: ‘Rock ‘N Grow’ Pure Joy Sedum from PROVEN WINNERS sent to me a couple of years ago to try out.
|Beautiful fresh blooms on Pure Joy Sedum.|
|Potted olive tress in all sizes adorn my small stone fireplace in the summer.
Finally, my now favorite gray hued container plant…..the olive tree. I buy them from SCHUBERT NURSERY in varying sizes and add to my collection each year. Two are now three years old…I overwinter them in a friend’s greenhouse; the smaller ones I keep in a sunny window at home over the winter.
So there you are….how and why to grow gray/silver plants in the garden. If I haven’t convinced you yet, go to 4 YOUR GARDEN and watch the segment Linda Cavanaugh and I did a couple of weeks ago talking about this very thing.
OH!! One last mention for those of you now color starved after reading this post. One of my favorite garden accessories are my Red Hunter Tall Garden Boots. I saw a special on them for a fraction of the cost I paid last year through Brad’s Deals. Go to
if you are in dire need of these cheery muck-abouts.