Friday, April 24, 2009

LAMIUM LOVE

 I have to admit I am in love again.  Its lamium love.  Lamium maculatum to be a bit more specific.  Its not a passionate love or an all consuming love but a love of necessity and admiration.

Last year John got rid of some unnamed lamiums from the greenhouse and I took home and planted a bunch of them.  To my delight they not only survived planted in late spring in my sand but thrived and spread a bit.  The variety that I planted was the plain green cultivar probably Orchid Frost since the ones I planted had that vivid pink flower.

orchidfrost 

After observing how well they grew that summer and the fact that they remained evergreen in the winter I decided I needed to check out the other lamiums we carry.

I particularly loved the golden cultivars.

Anne Greenway

annegreenway 

and Lemon Frost

lemonfrost

We also carry Beacon Silver, Pink Pewter, Elizabeth De Hass and White Nancy.

and Ghost which is a larger sized lamium.

ghost 

Lamium maculatum is a great little spreading ground cover that flowers off and on all season.   In moist shade or dappled sun they will make a nice tight cover.  They will grow in dryer conditions though they tend to open up and sprawl and that is where my love of them began since I have lots and lots of dry shade.  I have been trying this and that but never had better luck with anything else.  I’ve planted some of the golden ones and am hoping to have as much success with them as I have had with the plain green cultivar.

2 comments:

dAwN said...

I have some of these dear lambs growing in my garden...and they are spreading around and and looking good. I need a few more.

International Flower Delivery said...

i really want to plant them. they're such lovely flowers.