Grown for their silvery green foliage Artemisia make a great contrast plant in the garden. Easy care and fairly drought tolerant they work well in cottage gardens and can also be grown in containers.
Artemisia are commonly called ‘Wormwood’ are from the astereacae family and fall into two categories, herbs and shrubs.
As shrubs they are valued for the foliage, especially the silver forms. Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’ Nana is a low growing species suitable for use as a ground cover. Artemisia Foliage ranges from a pale grey to silver, a great accent plant.
Varieties such as A. canescens, A. ludoviciana ‘Valerie Finnis’ and the well known Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ are all worth a place in the garden. Cultivars such as A. Vulgaris ‘Oriental limelight’ with yellow variegated foliage make an excellent ground cover.
Artemisia canescens grows to approx 15cm is a slowly spreading wormwood that has been revelling in recent dry conditions. Its low growth and non invasive habit make this plant an ideal candidate for the rock garden, edging or for the front of a well maintained border.
All varieties prefer full sun and a well drained soil. Most require little fertiliser in good soils and can be pruned back in winter to spring.
Although a number of varieties are available the popular species and cultivars are :
- A. vulgaris.
- A. tridentata.
- A. absinthium.
- A. arborescens
- A. ludoviciana – Look for ‘Valerie Finnis”
- A. Silver Spreader
- A.lactiflora ‘Guizhou’.
- A. powis Castle
Artemisia or ‘wormwood’ are an attractive drought tolerant foliage plant ideal for the border. Prune back hard in early spring to maintain shape.
Available for sale from the following nurseries.
PO Box 7040 Leura NSW 2780
Rare woodland plants, Trilliums Epimediums, Arisaemas, plus much more.www.lynnsrareplants.com.au
52 Rodd St Canowindra NSW 2804
An online nursery specialising in drought and frost tolerant perennials and fragrant, edible and herbs.
395 Lesters Rd Ascot VIC 3364 - phone (03) 53434303
Specialising in beautiful perennials & bulbs including new releases from Europe & USA. Many hardy, rare & difficult to find ‘drought hardy’ plants, quality vegetable & flower seeds.
'Umbango' 750 Humula Rd, Humula NSW 2652
Phone 0408692773 Great Range of Perennial plants available for sale by mail order.
P O Box 398 Creswick Vic 3363
Retail & Mail Order Specialist Growers of Heritage Roses, Unusual Perennials, Tree & Herbaceous Peonies. Mail order and Nursery Sales.
GENTIANA NURSERY – PH (03) 97512363
OLINDA-MONBULK RD OLINDA VIC.