Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina) 'Silver Carpet' | Rapidly spreading mat of soft, velvety silvery leaves, 3-6"H x 9-12"W, dry-medium, well drained soil, light afternoon shade in hot climates, drought tolerant, this cultivar rarely produces flower spikes, tends to rot in humid summers, z.4-8, may need to contain.
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' - This small, easy to grow, clump-forming evergreen perennial has strappy, inky purple, grass-like leaves. In summer, small spikes of bell-shaped, pale mauve flowers appear, followed by spherical, dark blue fruit. This unusual plant looks fantastic with other grasses, especially if grouped in tubs or planted into gravel, and it provides a brilliant contrast with silvery plants in sun, or bright green ferns in shade.
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