When I think of my favorite plants, flowers always come to mind. But there are advantages to more muted plants.
Silver gray plants provide a shimmer or cool calmness to the landscape. This one was bought in the spring and has exploded. Many plants with gray foliage, including Dusty Miller, grow well in full sun.
Native to the drier regions of North and South America, in the Southwest of the U.S., sheep and goats graze on them.
When purchased, this was labeled Prairie Sage, but I haven’t been able to positively identify it. It doesn’t bloom, has a tendency to flop down from the middle, and keeps most of its foliage during the winter.
My favorite silver/gray plant is Powis Castle Artemisia (Artemisia arborescens x absinthium) because it is soft, hardy, and can grow in sun or filtered sun, although I think it does better in mostly sun.
This is not an extensive list of gray plants, just some that I have grown.
“Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold.” Arthur Yorinks