Silver foliage plants

At the moment of yr lots of people who wish to fake to be consultants armed with crystal balls predict developments with a regarding diploma of confidence.

Pantone’s Coloration of the 12 months is chosen in a course of the corporate says is “the end result of macro-level colour development forecasting and analysis.” I feel meaning they decide colours that they know are prone to get folks speaking and due to this fact point out “Pantone” thousands and thousands of instances.

Final yr’s colour—Viva Magenta—was a success with gardeners who discovered loads of methods to work the colour into their gardens and keep “on development.” The 2024 Coloration of the 12 months—Peach Fuzz—is much more garden-friendly. 

Lakeview Peach Fuzz

Lakeview Peach Fuzz forward of it’s color-of-the-year time in my backyard final yr.

Let’s simply say that with that colour I’m a gardener forward of my time. A lot of my favourite backyard flowers fall in that peach to apricot colour vary. In snapdragons (Antirrhinum), each the Chantilly and Madame Butterfly sequence have attractive peach bloomers. Strawflower (Helichrysum bracteatum) and Calendula even have stunning peach varieties which are straightforward to develop. And there are too many wonderful peach styles of Dahlia to call, however I’ll offer you one I grew final yr: ‘Lakeview Peach Fuzz.’

If something, I feel Pantone performed it secure with its 2024 colour decide, so permit me to put down my very own backyard colour development prediction: silver. Grey is likely to be on its approach out for interiors, however within the backyard, I predict you’ll be seeing plenty of silver.

After all you’ll have to allow me a large berth within the definition of the colour as a result of a lot as gardeners wish to name purple flowers blue, on the subject of crops, silver usually refers back to the grayish-green or blueish-green colour normally discovered on foliage.

Senecio candicans Angel Wings, which  sports activities very grey leaves, has been catching gardeners’ eyes for a number of years now, however it may be a bit tough to develop and gained’t tolerate an excessive amount of moisture or humidity.

Senecio Angel Wings silver foliage

Senecio Angel Wings created a stir when it hit the gardening world a number of years in the past. Confirmed Winners photograph

A brand new dusty miller (Centaurea) referred to as Silver Swirl has daring silvery white leaves with wavy edges. It’s solely hardy all the way down to zone 6b, however who cares? It is going to be a tremendous in containers or grown as an annual. 

Centaurea Silver Swirl in container

With it’s white-silver ruffled foliage, Silver Swirl can’t be beat in containers.

There’s additionally a cute new lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina) referred to as Little Lamb, that falls on the sage inexperienced facet of the spectrum however will make a wonderful small-textured groundcover in areas with good drainage.

Artemisia ‘Silver Lining’ is a hardy perennial (zones 4 to 9) that can work equally effectively in containers. At 12 to 16 inches tall by 32 to 36 inches extensive, it’ll fill a pleasant area within the backyard, however is alleged to be a greater behaved than some extra aggressive Artemisia. Its pointed leaves provide quite a lot of curiosity past simply its wonderful colour.

Artemis silver lining

Low rising and eye catching, ‘Silver Lining’ shall be a star within the backyard and in containers. Walters Gardens photographs

artemisia silver lining closeup


The necessity for sharp drainage and drought resistance are frequent elements of silver crops, a lot of which get their colour from the tiny, comfortable hairs on their leaves that scale back transpiration and hold leaves cool.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t embody a few my all-time favourite silver crops: silver sage (Salvia argentea) and Plectranthus argentatus Silver Protect, each of which I develop virtually yearly.

Salvia argentea

I feel I’ll all the time develop Salvia argentea. I simply love these fuzzy thick leaves.


Plectranthus Silver Protect is straightforward to develop and one other silver star that works each within the floor and in containers.

My prediction that silver will take gardens by story will not be primarily based on the form of “macro-level forecasting” that Pantone makes use of, however somewhat a wonderful number of silver crops now obtainable to gardeners. 

Oh, and did I point out that silver appears to be like nice with Peach Fuzz?


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