Artemisia

This plant has been used to ward off lightning, revive the weary traveler, repel moths and for deworming—hence, Wormwood. We prefer to think of the Greek goddess Artemis who, it is said, was so pleased to discover its many practical applications that she named it after herself. An annual trim guarantees a neat appearance, otherwise Artemisias are simple to grow and virtually pest free.

Providing welcome contrast to the garden’s leafy green palette, this incandescent Huntington Botanical Garden introduction yields a soft textured billowing dome of deeply dissected silver-gray foliage on wellbranched upright stems. Similar to ‘Powis Castle’, save for larger less sculpted leaves, ‘Huntington Gardens’ is a refined woody perennial, clad in delicate silky hairs, that can be ensconced near the middle or back of the border, where it juxtaposes broad leaves, sword-shaped blades or fiery colored flowers to great effect. It produces somewhat inconspicuous grayish yellow leafy flower heads and relishes lean, fast draining dry soil.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Zone 6/7.

Artemisia lactiflora ‘Guizhou’ (P-0180)

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Its upright growth habit and unaromatic green leaves are similar to Artemisia lactiflora, but the purple-red stems of this Chinese species make it otherwise quite unique. The strong, upright stalks reach 4 ft. in the first season and hold large branched panicles of white flowers. In the company of other tall perennials such as Aster ‘Bluebird’, this plant will create a striking fall border. To highlight its reddish stems, plant Panicum virgatum ‘Warrior’ nearby.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 5' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Artemisia ludoviciana</i> ‘Valerie Finnis’

‘Valerie Finnis’ dons silvery white leaves so soft and showy you’d think they were felt. Lobed near the tips, the wide aromatic foliage lines stout, generally erect gray stems, forming a compact, noninvasive clump that makes a luminous counterpoint to lush greens or bronzes.

This prized perfect-for-drying Mugwort can be pinched to maintain its textural form and lightly sheared when dense yellowish gray flower panicles appear. Thwarting deer and tolerant of both poor or dry soil, the Western Mugwort demands excellent drainage and mopes in high humidity.

Blooms August.

Size: 15" – 18" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Plentiful small round buds and fluffy, pastel pink blooms populate gracefully tapered sheaves, and set against the deep purple branching stems they seem to sparkle. The elegant, airy flowers reign over an impressive textural foil of jagged-edged dark green leaves.

Blooms August – September.

Size: 5' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Artemisia versicolor ‘Sea Foam’ (P-1507)

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<i>Artemisia versicolor</i> ‘Sea Foam’

Brimming with texture, ‘Sea Foam’ hosts a frothy display of incandescent silver-gray foliage. Swirling, curly, filigreed leaves are draped like finely cut lace along vigorous firm woody stems. Not intrusive and tight-set, this low mounding shrubby perennial can take it hot but not humid, needs well drained soil, makes a good winter statement and occasionally yields cute, little yellow buttons on downy white flower spikes.

Blooms August.

Size: 8" – 12" high x 2' 0" wide.

Zone 4/5.

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Fantastic Fall Foliage.... The arresting foliage of these easy-care, low growing perennials remains tidy well into November. Adequate water, mulch and a mid-season trim help ensure their staying power.

November's last hurrah.... The shorter days and cooler nights of November have set the garden ablaze with eye-catching foliar color. By planting an assortment of woody plants as well as herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses, which promote late season allure, a last hurrah is easily achieved. Each of the plants included in this newsletter bestow either plump berries, late blooms, compelling foliage or artful branching patterns. Happy Digging!

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