Silver mound Artemisia is a dwarf, compact form of Artemisia valued for its presence in the landscape. Silver mound Artemisia are easy to grow, and will prosper in the landscape with the right conditions. This article will detail how to grow and maintain silver mound Artemisia in the landscape.
Silver mound Artemisia grows about six inches to a foot high and spreads out about 18 inches. It works best in the front of flowerbeds as a border or specimen, with taller plants as a backdrop. Silver mound works well planted along walls or in rock gardens. It tolerates dry areas and poor soil, and dislikes soggy areas. If the soil is well-drained and the location is mostly sunny, silver mound should do well.
The plants grow in the spring, and are showy until early summer, when the plants become leggy and send up flowers. The flowers are inconspicuous, and at this point the plants can be trimmed back and allowed to regrow new foliage. Plants cut back will fill back within a couple weeks generally. Alternatively, plants can be pinched routinely and kept bushy through repeated pinching.
The plants will maintain their silver foliage throughout the growing season, giving three seasons of interest. The foliage will last until the frosts, after which it will die down and should be cut back. The plants will remain and be ready to grow again in spring.
Silver mound Artemisia provides a soft, silver texture and contrasts well with similar silver plants such as dusty miller and licorice. In addition, it contrasts well with anything spiky or of a different color. Therefore, it will fit in well anywhere in the landscape. It can be grown as an individual specimen or grouped together for use as a groundcover in small areas. If used as a ground cover, silver mound does not like foot traffic and should only be used to cover areas where nobody will walk.
Silver mound Artemisia is a valuable plant that adds variety to the landscape. Through meeting its preferences and through proper maintenance, your silver mound Artemisia will perform well in the landscape for many years.