Silver Kings is vigorous but can be extremely useful in places where all else fails, spots in full sun all day, on sunny free-draining slopes. The plant will quickly form a clump of fragrant silvery leaves that white on the underside and covered with small hairs that protect them from excessive moisture loss due to evaporation. Small white insignificant flowers follow in the summer. If it becomes to leggy or starts collapsing under its own weight, simply cut down by 50-70% it will quickly rejuvenate. Perhaps to vigorous except for the largest herbaceous beds, good in pots, raised beds.
Wiry, reddish stems hold small white freckled flowers over glossy evergreen rosettes of neatly scalloped leaves. Great for ground cover, path edgings and on rockeries, readily forms dense matting. Good in sun or partial shade on all soil types including poor soils. Attractive to all the pollinators in late spring to early summer when it flowers. London’s Pride has an AGM from the RHS.
Height 30cm and spread 60cm
Alchemilla Mollis, often called Lady’s Mantle is from southern Europe and grown worldwide for its attractive foliage. Round leaves with scalloped edges, that take on a magical quality after rain as water sits in droplets and sparkle in the daylight. The water is repelled from the surface of leave due to its dewetting properties making it collect in droplets. This useful plant is great for ground cover, edging paths, tumbling over changes in levels. Once established it is will tolerate dry periods and even heavy clay. Acid-yellow to green flowers appear from late spring.
An Australian native plant, largely grown for its attractive silvery, velvety, ribbed, heart-shaped leaves. And it will needs plenty of pinching out to give it a bushier appearance. Pretty mauve-blue flowers are borne on small spires that appear in summer. Enjoys a sunny position in the garden on well-drained soil but can also be used to provide interesting foliage under garden trees where other plants aren’t willing to perform.
A pretty bicolour flower of white tubular petals surrounding vivid purple centres in early summer. The silvery-green foliage forms dense clumps. Likes as well drained alkaline or neutral soil. Remove spent blooms to encourage further successions of flowers. Attractive to bees and butterflies. Cut back in autumn,divide in autumn if congested, do not allow the soil to become water-logged in winter months, a little grit when planting will help if unsure of conditions. Fully hardy perennial.