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Burgandy and Silver

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September 10, 2017
I really like silver and burgundy colors in the landscape. It’s just something about when they’re planted together, they make a winning landscape combo. Let’s take a look at some great ground cover choices in these colors. A great Alternanthera selection is Purple Prince with its compact mounded habit. When grown in masses, it creates a tight and full ground cover. I think the foliage is beautiful with burgundy purple tops and on the underside a reddish ruby rose. Purple Heart is a trialing perennial in Mississippi with purple stems, violet purple leaves, and little pink flowers. It likes the full sun, will grow in almost any soil, and is very drought tolerant. Often called Dusty Miller, Artemisia has soft fuzzy gray foliage that makes the leaves look dusty silver. I’ve recently found a new and I think very useful variety called Quicksilver that grows about 10 inches tall with a 24 inch spread. The silvery color of the foliage seems to intensify and enhance the colors of other garden plants. Lamb’s Ear has a very descriptive name. The foliage color is a cool silvery muted sea foam. The leaves have a fuzzy texture that have a very soft feel. In the spring, flower spikes shoot straight upward with small purple flowers. So if you like burgundy and silver like I do, then try planting these plants together. They are sure to make a late-summer statement in your landscape. I’m horticulturist Gary Bachman and I’ll see you next time on Southern Gardening.
Department: Agricultural Communications

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