Thursday, June 12, 2008


Lamium 'White Nancy' was probably the first one we got. If you don't know Lamiums, you should. They will grow in problem areas where other plants up and die. They can take dry shade, which is one of the harder places to get things to grow. There are limits, but they do seem to be quite adaptable.

I'm not sure we still have this one in the yard. This is 'Helene Dohr'. I have found that the variegated ones are less robust than the edged leaf ones. They also have a tendency to revert to a larger leaf, not all that pretty form that is hugely aggressive and needs to be kept under control. I mostly just pull it all out. I don't have a picture of it, but trust me, you'll know if yours has reverted.

This is 'Golden Anniversary' a new one we got this year. It is pretty similar to 'Anne Greenway' but the colors seem a little more subtle.

This has always been one of my favorites, 'Beedham's White'. I suppose it is for the white flowers since the leaves are anything but white with their glowing gold color and cream mid-leaf stripe.

Another older one, 'Red Nancy'. There is also a 'White Nancy' with white flowers and similar leaves.

Last but not least, is Lamium album 'Friday'. Still a Lamium but much different. It can take more sun and is an upright plant. It seems a bit more difficult to grow, though it also seems to be able to disappear and reappear a year or two later in the same, or maybe even a different place. Slightly ephemeral, but lovely none the less.

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