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Silver and Gray Garden Plants

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Silver and Gray foliage makes a striking display. I love the look of silver and gray plants with the early morning dew adding a little extra sparkle. There are a lot of plants to choose from trees to shrubs and perennials. Many of these silver and gray plants are drought tolerant as all of that fuzz on the leaves reduces the pace that water escapes the leaves. Quite a few of the silver and gray plants have fragrant foliage. Many of the silver and gray plants are great for theme gardens, including many California native plants, herb gardens, or Mediterranean Gardens. I often use red plants or other plants with brightly colored foliage to provide contrast in a silver and gray garden. There are enough silver and gray salvias that you could almost make an entire sage garden.

Silver and Gray Garden, Tanacetum haradjanii

Silver and Gray Garden, Euphorbia characias

Plants for your Silver and Gray Garden

Abutilon palmeri * Indian Mallow
Acacia glaucoptera * Flat Wattle
Acacia podalyriifolia * Pearl Acacia
Acacia pravissima * Oven's Wattle
Acacia spectabilis * Mudgee Wattle
Achillea clavennae
Achillea Hoffnung
Achillea kellereri
Achillea Moonshine
Antirrhinum hispanicum * Spanish Snapdragon
Arctostaphylos Pacific Mist * Pacific Mist Manzanita
Arctotis acaulis * Purple African Daisy
Arctotis gumbletonii * Gumbleton African Daisy
Arctotis Sun Spot Orange * Orange African Daisy
Argemone munita * Prickly Poppy
Argyranthemum Chelsea Girl * Silver Marguerite
Arrhenatherum elatius bulbosum variegatum
Artemisia arborescens Huntington
Artemisia californica * California Sagebrush
Artemisia Davids Choice * Sandhill Sage
Artemisia douglasiana * Mugwort
Artemisia frigida * Fringed Sage, Prarie Sage
Artemisia ludoviciana Silver King * Mugwort
Artemisia ludoviciana Valerie Finnis * Mugwort
Artemisia Powis Castle * Wormwood
Artemisia vulgaris * Mugwort
Asclepias californica * California Milkweed
Asclepias eriocarpa * Woolypod Milkweed
Asclepias erosa * Desert Milkweed
Asclepias speciosa * Showy Milkweed
Astelia chathamica Silver Spear
Atriplex hymenelytra * Desert Holly
Banksia seminuda * River Banksia
Beloperone californica * Chuparosa
Brahea armata * Mexican Blue Palm
Buddleia asiatica * White Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Black Knight * Dark Purple Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Harlequin * Variegated Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Lochinch * Lavender Butterfly Bush
Buddleia marrubifolia * Woolly Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Miss Molly * Dwarf Red Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Nanho Purple * Nanho Purple Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Pink Delight * Pink Butterfly Bush
Buddleia Honeycomb * Gold Butterfly Bush
Butia capitata * Jelly Palm
Caesalpinia californica
Calandrinia grandiflora * Rock Purslane
Calibanus hookeri * Mexican Boulder
Calocephalus brownii * Cushion Bush
Calothamnus quadrifidus * One Sided Bottle Brush
Carex glauca * Blue Sedge
Caryopteris incana * Bluebeard
Caryopteris Longwood Blue
Cassia artemesioides * Silver Senna
Catananche caerulea * Cupid's Dart
Centaurea gymnocarpa * Pink Dusty Miller
Centaurea montana * Perennial Bachelor's Button, Mountain Bluet
Centranthus ruber * Red Valerian
Cerastium tomentosum * Snow in Summer
Chilopsis linearis * Desert Willow
Chrysocephalum apiculatum * Common Everlasting
Chrysothamnus nauseosus * Rabbit Brush
Cirsium occidentale * Cobwebby Thistle
Cistanthe grandiflora * Rock Purslane
Cistus skanbergii * Pink Rockrose
Cistus Sunset * Magenta Rockrose
Cleome arborea * Bladderpod
Correa Ivory Bells
Cotula lineariloba * Brass Buttons
Cotula silver mound * Brass Buttons
Craspedia globosa * Billy Buttons
Crassula falcata * Airplane Plant
Dasylirion wheeleri * Desert Spoon, Blue Sotol
Dendromecon harfordii * Island Bush Poppy
Dendromecon rigida * Bush Poppy
Dianthus Moonglow * Carnation
Dianthus spotti * Carnation
Dicentra chrysantha * Golden Eardrops
Dichondra argentea * Silver Dichondra
Dicliptera suberecta
Digitalis purpurea heywoodii Silver Fox * Silver Fox Foxglove
Dorycnium hirstum
Dudleya hassei * Catalina Liveforever
Dudleya pulverulenta * Chalk Liveforever
Dudleya traskiae * Santa Barbara Island Liveforever
Dymondia margaretae * Silver Carpet
Echeveria secunda * Hens and Chicks
Echium candicans * Pride of Madiera
Echium gentianoides Tajinaste
Echium wildpretii * Tower of Jewels
Encelia farinosa * Brittlebush, Incienso
Encephalartos horridus * Blue Cycad
Ephedra californica * Desert Tea
Eremophila glabra Kalgoorlie * Fuchsia Emu Bush
Ericameria nauseosa * Rabbit Brush
Erigeron argentatus * Silver Fleabane
Eriogonum arborescens * Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat
Eriogonum cinereum * Ashyleaf Buckwheat, Coastal Buckwheat
Eriogonum crocatum * Saffron Buckwheat
Eriogonum giganteum * St. Catherine's Lace
Eriogonum grande rubescens * Red Buckwheat
Eriogonum incanum * Frosted Buckwheat
Eriogonum umbellatum * Sulphur Buckwheat
Eriophyllum confertiflorum * Golden Yarrow
Eriophyllum staechadifolium * Seaside Golden Yarrow, Lizard Tail
Erodium chrysanthum * Yellow Storksbill
Erodium glandulosum roseum
Eryngium yuccifolium * Button Eryngo, Rattlesnake Master
Erysimum Bowles Mauve * Purple Wallflower
Eschscholzia caespitosa * Tufted Eschscholzia
Eschscholzia californica * California Poppy
Eschscholzia californica White Linen * White Linen California Poppy
Eucalyptus torquata * Coral Gum
Euphorbia characias wulfenii
Euphorbia myrsinites
Euphorbia Royal Velvet
Feijoa sellowiana * Pineapple Guava
Festuca californica * California Fescue
Fuchsia thymifolia variegata
Geranium harveyi * Silver Geranium
Geranium Stanhoe
Glaucium flavum * Yellow Horned Poppy, Hornpoppy
Graptopetalum amethystinum * Jewel Leaf Plant
Graptopetalum paraguayense * Ghost Plant
Hakea laurina * Pin Cushion Bush
Hebe Silver Beads
Helianthemum Belgravia Rose * Pink Sunrose
Helianthemum Rose Glory * Dark Pink Sunrose
Helianthemum Wisley Pink * Pink Sunrose
Helianthemum Wisley Primrose * Yellow Sunrose
Helichrysum petiolare * Licorice Plant
Helictotrichon sempervirens * Blue Oat Grass
Heliotropium curassavicum * Salt Heliotrope
Hesperocallis undulata * Desert Lily, Ajo Lily
Hibiscus lasiocarpos (H. californicus) * Wooly Rose Mallow
Hunnemannia fumariifolia * Mexican Tulip Poppy
Hyptis emoryi Silver Lining * Desert Lavender
Iochroma cyaneum violaceae
Ipheion uniflorum * Spring Star Flower
Iris Black Gamecock * Lousiana Iris Black Gamecock
Iris Nada * (Iris japonica)Butterfly Iris
Isomeris arborea * Bladderpod
Juniperus conferta * Shore Juniper
Justicia leonardii * Orange Justicia
Kalanchoe beharensis * Velvet Elephant Ear
Kalanchoe pumila
Kniphofia shining sceptre * Red Hot Poker

Lavandula dentata candicans * Gray Leaved French Lavender
Lavandula Goodwin Creek Grey * Goodwin Creek Lavender
Lavandula Grosso * Lavandin Grosso
Lavandula heterophylla * Sweet Lavender
Lavandula multifida * Fern Leaf Lavender
Lavandula pinnata buchii * Jagged Lavender
Lavandula provence * Blue Lavandin
Lavandula stoechas Atlas * Spanish Lavender
Lavandula stoechas Coco Blue White * Spanish Lavender
Lavandula stoechas Otto Quast * Spanish Lavender
Lavandula stoechas Silver Anouk * Spanish Lavender
Lavatera bicolor * Bush Mallow
Lepechinia hastata * Pitcher Sage
Leucadendron discolor * Flame Tips
Leucophyllum candidum * Violet Silver Leaf Sage
Leucophyllum frutescens * Texas Ranger
Leymus condensatus Canyon Prince * Giant Wild Rye
Linum lewisii * Western Flax
Lotus maculatus * Parrot's Beak
Lupinus albifrons * Silver Bush Lupine
Lupinus chamissonis * Dune Bush Lupine, Chamisso Bush Lupine
Lychnis coronaria * Rose Campion
Mahonia nevinii * Nevin's Barberry
Maireana sedifolia * Pearl Bluebush
Malacothamnus fasciculatus * Bush Mallow
Melaleuca elliptica * Granite Honey Myrtle
Melaleuca incana * Gray Honey Myrtle
Melianthus major * Honey Bush
Mentzelia laevicaulis * Blazing Star
Mirabilis multiflora * Colorado Four O'Clock, Showy Four O'Clock
Montanoa grandiflora * Daisy Tree
Neomarica caerulea * Walking Iris
Nepeta faassenii * Faassen's Catmint
Oenothera missouriensis * Evening Primrose
Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris * Beavertail Pricklypear Cactus
Origanum dictamnus * Crete Dittany
Origanum Hopleys Purple
Origanum Kaliteri * Greek Oregano
Origanum Kent Beauty
Oscularia deltoides * Pink Iceplant
Pelargonium fragrans * Nutmeg Geranium
Pelargonium sidoides
Pelargonium sidoides gloriana
Penstemon centranthifolius * Scarlet Bugler
Penstemon grinnellii * Grinnell's Penstemon
Penstemon parryi * Parry's Penstemon, Desert Penstemon
Perovskia atriplicifolia * Russian Sage
Phlomis fruticosa * Jerusalem Sage
Phlomis purpurea * Purple Jerusalem Sage
Pinus coulteri * Coulter Pine, Big Cone Pine
Pinus monophylla * Single Leaf Pinyon Pine
Plectranthus argentatus * Silver Spur Flower
Prunus andersonii * Desert Peach, Desert Almond
Psorothamnus schottii * Schott's Indigo Bush
Puya alpestris * Saphire Tower
Puya venusta
Quercus douglasii * Blue Oak
Rhynchelytrum nerviglume * Ruby Grass
Ribes aureum * Golden Currant
Romneya coulteri * Matilija Poppy
Ruscus hypoglossum * Horse Tongue Lily
Stachys albotomentosa Hidalgo * Hidalgo Stachys, Seven-up Plant
Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet * Lambs Ears
Sabal palmetto * Saw Palmetto
Salvia Allen Chickering
Salvia apiana * White Sage
Salvia argentea * Silver Sage
Salvia canariensis * Canary Island Sage
Salvia Celestial Blue * Celestial Blue Sage
Salvia chamaedryoides * Germander Sage
Salvia clevelandii * Cleveland Sage
Salvia clevelandii Winnifred Gilman * Blue Sage
Salvia Desperado * Desperado Sage
Salvia discolor * Andean Silver Leaf Sage
Salvia dorrii * Purple Desert Sage
Salvia karwinskii
Salvia lanceolata * Rocky Mountain Sage
Salvia leucantha * Mexican Sage
Saliva leucantha Danielle's Dream * Danielle's Dream Mexican Sage
Salvia leucantha Midnight * Purple Mexican Sage
Salvia leucantha Santa Barbara * Santa Barbara Mexican Sage
Salvia leucophylla Point Sal * Purple Sage
Salvia Pozo Blue * Pozo Blue Sage
Salvia verticillata
Santolina chamaecyparissus * Lavender Cotton
Santolina Lemon Queen * Pinnate Lavender Cotton
Scabiosa cretica * Pincushion Flower
Schizostylus coccinea * Kaffir Lily
Scutellaria mexicana * Paperbag Bush, Mexican Bladder Sage
Scutellaria siphocampyloides * Grayleaf Skullcap
Sedum dasyphyllum * Corsican Stonecrop, Blue Tears Stonecrop
Sempervivum arachnoideum * Cobweb Houseleek
Serenoa repens * Saw palmetto
Sesleria caerulea * Blue Moor Grass
Silene vulgaris maritima * Catchfly
Sisyrinchium bellum * Blue Eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium californicum * Yellow Eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium Rocky Point * Rocky Point Blue Eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium striatum * Satin Flower
Sisyrinchium striatum Aunt May * Variegated Satin Flower
Solidago californica * California Goldenrod
Sphaeralcea ambigua * Desert Mallow
Sphaeralcea ambigua rosacea * Parish Mallow
Sphaeralcea fulva La Luna * La Luna Globe Flower
Sphaeralcea philippiana * Globe Mallow
Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet * Lambs Ears
Stanleya pinnata * Prince's Plume
Tanacetum haradjanii * Silver Tansy
Teucrium ackermannii * Germander
Teucrium cossonii * Fruity Germander
Teucrium fruticans azureum * Bush Germander
Teucrium marum * Cat Thyme
Tradescantia sillamontana * Cobweb Spiderwort
Verbena rigida * Sandpaper Verbena
Yucca whipplei * Our Lord's Candle
Zauschneria californica * California Fuchsia