Sussex Silver. Big silvery fine textured ever-silver shrub for the hottest driest locations. To 8′ tall and 6′ wide very quickly. Upright wands of needle like silver foliage line the stems. In spring flat clusters of white flowers appear at the branch tips. A nice effect. Full sun and well drained soil of average soil fertility. High deer resistance. New Zealand. Selection made in England. May be cut back hard after blooming to resize, reinvigorate. Forms a gnarled shredding trunk in time. A beautiful English selection of a New Zealand native shrub. Fast growing ever gray plant with cool cord-like stems coated in fine white and a great accent to the small silver leaves. Small white flowers in summer. Best in well draining soil and requires little water in full sun. To 6′ tall and as wide in 3 years. Hardier to cold in poorer soils. Natural looking large border plant for slopes with Buplerum fruticosum and ornamental grasses, if you so desire.
Reaching a height of 4 – 6′ over time, this textural evergreen shrub has a beautiful silvery appearance resulting from the white stems and leaf undersides. The top surfaces of the leaves are green but they are so tiny that one hardly notices. Although we think of this mostly as a foliage plant its attractive clusters of pink buds are also cool, though they open to not-that-exciting little white flowers. Vaguely resembling a desert shrub from the interior West, it incorporates equally well with either a desert-themed garden or with other Southern Hemisphere plants, and it does great in containers as well. We thank Tory Galloway for sharing this with us from her garden full of water-wise plants in Indianola. Hardy to at least 10°F.
Perfect fine texture with a silver sheen all year long. This is a gorgeous evergreen that further delights in the summer with small white flowers is also a christmas decoration.