Three luscious Lamiums chosen by plant hunter Lark Hanham
If you require a vigorous, low-maintenance perennial, the unassuming, ground-covering Lamium is a fabulous choice. They are sometimes overlooked by gardeners, but those who give them a try are never underwhelmed. Originating from woodlands in Europe and Asia, the genus consists of 40 to 50 species and produces thick mats of attractive, tumbling ornamental foliage topped with interesting hooded flowers. They bloom from late spring, throughout the summer and into autumn – offering excellent value for money. A quick chop back after flowering will boost vigour and vitality.
maculatum Beacon Silver
Beacon Silver is a vibrant deciduous strain, sure to illuminate any shady part of the garden with its silver lustred leaves. Its charm is accentuated by a contrasting band of green around the edge of each leaf, while its soft-pink blooms are a perfect complement. Its flowering period is slightly later, from May to August – and therefore adds a delayed punch of interest to your garden. Its crawling prostrate habit hugs the ground, only growing to 20cm tall.
I first discovered this clump-forming beauty at the famous Stockton Bury gardens in rural Herefordshire, where it informally resides alongside characterful flagstones and drystone walls. Up close, its whirling white and pink hooded orchid-like flowers are set off by velvety textured leaves, which en-masse creates a generous sward of upright statured self-seeding specimens.
Lamium maculatum White Nancy
Perfect for a woodland and loved by all insects, White Nancy’s two-lipped brilliant-white flowers whorl around short, square stems from April. Its leaves shimmer in the light, with distinctive silver blotches that cover the lower leaves, adding to its charm, and its ground-covering habit will out-compete nearby weeds.
How to buy
Buy Lark’s Three luscious Lamiums
Buy three for £12 or buy the mix of nine for £18 - half price. Plus P&P £4.95. Supplied as young plants in August*. Order at gardenshop.telegraph.co.uk/lami or call 0333 772 0325. Contract for supply of goods is with Hayloft Plants Ltd. *Offers subject to availability.
Offer closing date August 13th, 2019.