|Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver'|
Lamiums as a genus are evergreen perennials that creep over the ground forming dense matts of foliage. They make great ground cover especially in dry shady situations, on bankings or where the soil is shallow. With their rough heart-shaped leaves which are usually variegated they will brighten up a shady corner all year round.
|Placed in an enamel mug it fits in with my other vintage enamel jugs in the kitchen. The tattie masher belonged to my granny and dates from the 1930's, I still use it often, built to last!|
|You can see the lovely silver markings on the leaves which brighten up a winter's day|
On this cultivar the flowers are a dark pink mauve and appear from Spring through to late summer, often throwing out odd flowers well into Autumn and Winter.
|In the garden under the Elder bush it thrives in dappled shade|
If the plant gets too big for it's space it is easily pulled out and reduced in size. My plant here at home has been in two years. Planted as a two litre pot six inches across it now happily fills a two metre by metre space under an Elder bush. On dull days I can see it from the house brightening up that border.
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting our vases on a Monday.
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