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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

Lamium maculatum ‘Ghost’: Supersized silver ground cover

Posted by Graham Rice on 01 Nov 2011 at 10:40 AM

Lamium maculatum 'Ghost', new ground cover. Image © (all rights reserved)Lamiums are valuable and easy-to-grow evergreen perennial ground covers which thrive in most shady and partially shaded places. Their green and silver, or sometimes almost entirely silvered, foliage is topped by two-lipped spring flowers in reddish or pink shades, or white. They light up dark corners and fill round the base of shrubs very effectively.

‘Ghost’ is a newcomer which is bigger and bolder than earlier varieties and which makes an even more effective ground cover.

Reaching 10-12in/25-30cm in height, significantly taller than older varieties, at 1.5in/4cm the leaves are fully twice the size of the leaves of most varieties. Each leaf is almost completely silver and so the resulting mass of very bright growth smothers weeds efficiently and also hides the dying foliage of daffodils and other spring bulbs. The pinkish purple flowers, held just above the foliage, contrast effectively with the silvered background.

As well thriving as shady places, including dry shade, ‘Ghost’ will also do well in full sun as long as the soil does not dry out. It would also make a good winter container plant which can then be planted in the garden in spring to develop to its full size.

Lamium maculatum ‘Ghost’ was discovered at Intrinsic Perennial Gardens in Illinois, an American nursery well known for its new introductions.

You can order Lamium maculatum ‘Ghost’ from these RHS Plant Finder nurseries.


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