The Garden of Grey Plants

The Garden of Grey Plants

We have selected various grey plants for our garden where dryness is not a limit but an extraordinary possibility. The level of rain water is very low and in a Mediterranean garden, the enemy is not the lack of water, but it is summer watering that leads to the death of these plants. When taking care of a dry garden the first thing to do is to look and appreciate the plants that surround us in nature, they are an inexhaustible source for our garden, the Mediterranean flora is quite rich in species and it cannot be compared to other parts of the world!

While having a walk along the small roads in the countryside, along the paths of the southern regions, or along the sea cliffs if we pay attention to the flora around us, we will be overwhelmed by the many shapes, colours and fragrances of the plants. They come from various regions of the world, where the characteristics of the weather can be defined as “Mediterranean”, not only in Italy and in the Mediterranean basin, but in southern Europe, South Africa, Chile, California, Australia and New Zealand.

Achillea filipendulina "Coronation Gold"

  • NAME: Achillea filipendulina “Coronation Gold”
  • COMMON NAME: Achillea
  • FAMILY: Asteraceae/Compositae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: Golden yellow
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: July/September
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Herbaceous perennial
  • EXPOSURE: Full sun
  • HARDINESS: -15°
  • PROPAGATION: Sowing or division
  • ORIGIN: Caucasus and Asia

ACHILLEA Millefolium "Cerise Queen"

  • NAME: ACHILLEA Millefolium “Cerise Queen”
  • COMMON NAME: Achillea
  • FAMILY: Asteraceae/Compositae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: White with red ligule
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: May/September
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Herbaceous perennial
  • EXPOSURE: Full sun
  • HARDINESS: -15°
  • PROPAGATION: Sowing or division
  • ORIGIN: Europe and Asia

Achillea umbellata

  • NAME: Achillea filipendulina “Coronation Gold”
  • COMMON NAME: Achillea
  • FAMILY: Asteraceae/Compositae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: Golden yellow
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: July/September
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Herbaceous perennial
  • EXPOSURE: Full sun
  • HARDINESS: -15°
  • PROPAGATION: Sowing or division
  • ORIGIN: Caucasus and Asia

Achillea x kellereri

  • NAME: Achillea x kellereri
  • COMMON NAME: Achillea
  • FAMILY: Asteraceae/Compositae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: White
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: June/August
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Herbaceous perennial
  • EXPOSURE: Full sun
  • HARDINESS: -15°
  • PROPAGATION: Sowing or division in march
  • ORIGIN: California

Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis

  • NAME: Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis
  • COMMON NAME: Blue amaryllis
  • FAMILY: Alliaceae/Liliaceae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: Blue
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: June/July
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Herbaceous perennial
  • EXPOSURE: Sun/half-shade
  • HARDINESS: -15°
  • PROPAGATION: Tufts division in winter and spring
  • ORIGIN: South Africa

Alchemilla mollis

  • NAME: Alchemilla mollis
  • COMMON NAME: Erba stella – “Star” grass
  • FAMILY: Rosaceae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: Greenish yellow
  • FOLIAGE: Deciduous
  • BLOOMING TIME: June/September
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Herbaceous perennial
  • EXPOSURE: Sun/half-shade
  • HARDINESS: -15°
  • PROPAGATION: Seed
  • ORIGIN: Europe and tropical African mountains

Allium giganteum

  • NAME: Allium giganteum
  • COMMON NAME: Ornamental garlic
  • FAMILY: Alliaceae/Liliaceae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: Pink/Lilac
  • FOLIAGE: Deciduous
  • BLOOMING TIME: July/September
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Herbaceous perennial
  • EXPOSURE: Full sun
  • HARDINESS: -10°
  • PROPAGATION: Seed and division
  • ORIGIN: Central Asia

Arbutus unedo

  • NAME: Arbutus unedo
  • COMMON NAME: Arbutus
  • FAMILY: Ericaceae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: White
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: September/December
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Shrub
  • EXPOSURE: Full sun
  • HARDINESS: -10°
  • PROPAGATION: Basal cutting, grafting and seed
  • ORIGIN: Europe, Asia, North Africa, North and Central America and Canary Islands

Artemisia absinthium

  • NAME: Artemisia absinthium
  • COMMON NAME: Wormwood
  • FAMILY: Asteraceae/Compositae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: Yellow
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: August/November
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Herbaceous perennial
  • EXPOSURE: Full sun
  • HARDINESS: -15°
  • PROPAGATION: Seed
  • ORIGIN: Europe, Asia, North Africa

Artemisia abrotanum

  • NAME: Artemisia abrotanum
  • COMMON NAME: Aromatic absinthe
  • FAMILY: Asteraceae/Compositae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: Yellow
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: August/November
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Herbaceous perennial
  • EXPOSURE: Full sun
  • HARDINESS: -15°
  • PROPAGATION: Herbaceous cutting in autumn or in spring
  • ORIGIN: Mediterranean

Artemisia arborescens

  • NAME: Artemisia arborescens
  • COMMON NAME: Silver sage
  • FAMILY: Asteraceae/Compositae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: Yellow
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: August/November
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Herbaceous perennial
  • EXPOSURE: Full sun
  • HARDINESS: -5°
  • PROPAGATION: Cutting in summer or division in spring
  • ORIGIN: Europe

Artemisia ludoviciana

  • NAME: Artemisia ludoviciana
  • COMMON NAME: Louisiana absinthe
  • FAMILY: Asteraceae/Compositae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: Yellow
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: August/November
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Herbaceous perennial
  • EXPOSURE: Full sun
  • HARDINESS: -15°
  • PROPAGATION: Seed or cutting
  • ORIGIN: North America

Artemisia pontica

  • NAME: Artemisia pontica
  • COMMON NAME: Gentle absinthe
  • FAMILY: Asteraceae/Compositae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: Yellow/Grey
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: August/November
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Herbaceous perennial
  • EXPOSURE: Full sun
  • HARDINESS: -15°
  • PROPAGATION: Seed
  • ORIGIN: Europe and Mid-West

Artemisia schmidtiana

  • NAME: Artemisia schmidtiana
  • COMMON NAME: Silver mound, nana
  • FAMILY: Asteraceae/Compositae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: Yellow
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: August/November
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Herbaceous perennial
  • EXPOSURE: Full sun
  • HARDINESS: -15°
  • PROPAGATION: Herbaceous cutting in spring
  • ORIGIN: Asia and Japan

Artemisia stelleriana

  • NAME: Artemisia Stelleriana
  • COMMON NAME: Jerusalem sage
  • FAMILY: Asteraceae/Compositae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: Yellow
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: August/November
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Herbaceous perennial
  • EXPOSURE: Full sun
  • HARDINESS: -15°
  • PROPAGATION: Herbaceous cutting in spring
  • ORIGIN: Asia

Atriplex halimus

  • NAME: Atriplex halimus
  • COMMON NAME: Alimo, Malocchio
  • FAMILY: Chenopodiaceae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: White
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: July/August
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Shrub
  • EXPOSURE: Full sun
  • HARDINESS: -5°
  • PROPAGATION: Herbaceous perennial in spring or sowing
  • ORIGIN: Europe and Mediterranean

Ballota acetabulosa pseudodictamnus

  • NAME: Ballota acetabulosa pseudodictamnus
  • COMMON NAME: Cimiciotta, Lumino greco
  • FAMILY: Lamiaceae/Labiatae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: White
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: May/July
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Shrub
  • EXPOSURE: Full sun
  • HARDINESS: -10°
  • PROPAGATION: Cutting in summer
  • ORIGIN: Europe

Calamintha nepeta

  • NAME: Calamintha nepeta
  • COMMON NAME: Mentuccia, Nepetella
  • FAMILY: Lamiaceae/Labiatae
  • FLOWER COLOUR: Mauve/Pink
  • FOLIAGE: Evergreen
  • BLOOMING TIME: June/Octover
  • PLANT CATEGORY: Herbaceous perennial
  • EXPOSURE: Sun/half-shade
  • HARDINESS: -15°
  • PROPAGATION: Sowing in spring
  • ORIGIN: Europe and Asia