Deadnettle can liven up cool season containers

By Norman Winter, Horticulturist, Author, Speaker

If I told you to let deadnettle liven up your mixed containers, you might think that it is an oxymoron or perhaps I was just a moron, as dead and nettle sound none too lovely in the landscape.

As they say in France, au contraire. Deadnettle is the common name for a terrific perennial or annual, if you choose, by the name
of lamium.

Botanically speaking, the plant is known as Lamium maculatum and is native to southern Europe and northern Africa. It is cold hardy from Zones four through eight, meaning a large area of the country can enjoy it in some sort or fashion.

There are now close to 30 varieties being sold in the United States. I regularly see Orchid Frost, Beacon Silver, Pink Chablis, a white flowered version called White Nancy and one with chartreuse margins called Anne Greenaway.

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