Sage, Silver –
An erect, freely branched, rounded shrub. Older stems have a dark brown, fibrous bark while younger stems are covered with a dense white to yellowish-green tomentum. Flowers bloom between Aug and Sept and seed ripens in Oct and Nov. An abundant native shrub that provides additional diversity to shrub land ecosystems.
An excellent choice for hot, dry sites, Artemisia should be grown in very well-drained soil and full sun. To avoid “melting out”, it should be grown in poor soil and trimmed back in late spring to rejuvinate the foliage.
This plant tends to open up in the center during hot summers, so it is best grown north of zone 7. ‘Silver Mound’ rarely needs dividing and should be left undisturbed.
Russian sage – The silvery foliage of Russian sage picks up on the fuzzy white leaves of artemisia. Add in its long season of purplish flowers and you’ve got a winning combination.
Salvia – The deep blue flowers of perennial salvia take on even more intensity when paired with the silvery hue of Artemisia.
Veronica – Both the pink and blue forms of spike speedwell look great with the silvery backdrop of artemisia. The upright spires contrast beautifully with spreading forms of artemisia.