How do you get a sterling garden? Use plants with silver foliage. Plants with silver foliage add luster to the full sun or shade perennial border and look great when paired with red, pink, gold, purple or blue flowers. Silver leaved plants are also perfect for night gardens because they reflect moonlight while repelling those pesky werewolves. Plant Delights Nursery has a huge on-line catalog of perennials and to help make your shopping experience easier, we have created this mini-catalog of plants with silver foliage.
Some of the best perennials with silver foliage available here at Plant Delights Nursery have both beautiful argent leaves and lovely complementary flowers. They include certain cultivars of brunnera, cyclamen, dianthus, perovskia, pulmonaria, nepeta, arundo, dicliptera, oxalis, achillea, salvia, eucalyptus, lavandula, othonna and certain cultivars of buddleia. All of these silver leaved plants deserve a gold medal.
Other valuable plants with silver foliage include athyrium, teucrium, eryngium, artemisia, echeveria, graptopetalum, agave, begonia, carex, chasmanthium, alpinia and zingiber. These plants do not have the floral capacity of the previous group but make excellent companions for other perennials that do.
How does a plant make silver foliage? The argent color of silver plants is not a pigment, but rather some type of mechanism that scatters and reflects light. Some plants with silver foliage have a thick coat of foliar wax. Others are covered with fine hairs. A few silver perennials get their luster from blisters that separate the outer and inner cell layers of the leaf. No matter how they get silver plated, plants with silver foliage look great. When you are ready to buy plants with silver foliage for your garden, check out our online list of plants with silver foliage for sale.