February 10, 2016

10 Grey Plants for San Francisco Herbaceous Borders

How can I bring supportive light into my borders, containers and vignettes? Bright white, silver and grey foliage will support any color scheme by reflexing the ambient color of your vignette back to your eye. So what are some good plants for San Francisco?

1) Centaurea gymnocarpa 'Velvet Centaurea' - shrub, with Ricinus communis 'New Zealand Purple'

2) Ballota pseudodictamnus (False Dittany)

3) Onopordum acanthium - Need a character, a real prima donna. Likes to reseed.

4) Stachys byzantina - ground cover

5) Verbascum bombyciferum 'Arctic Summer' - specimen reseeder

6) Artemisia - shrub

7) Dudleya - Succulent for rock walls

8) Cerastium tomentosum - ground cover

9) Dymondia margaretae - tight low ground cover

10) Lychnis white flowered variety- annual (Playing a true supporting role to the Wisteria, Rosa and Iris. Mid-lower right.)

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