Stachys Byzantina Ground Cover
Stachys Byzantina (Lambs Ears)
The perfect drought resistant ground cover plant for a sunny spot. Stachys Byzantina (Lambs Ears) ground cover are hardy, self-seeding perennial plants that form low, compact mounds of rosettes of silvery-greyish white furry leaves that you won’t be able to resist stroking! They provide an attractive, weed suppressing carpet for much of the year. This variety of Stachys Byzantina has delicate pinkish-purple flower spikes up to 50cm that sometimes appear in late Spring or early Summer.
Stachys Byzantina (Lambs Ears) ground cover is ideally suited to the front of the border, in raised beds or rockeries or to soften the edge of a pathway. Often also used for underplanting roses as this can disguise the base of the plant that doesn’t have much foliage. It’s an excellent, drought-tolerant edging plant for a well-drained site in full sun. Good companion plants are Sedum, Alchemilla mollis and perhaps Santolina or in front of groups of Crocosmia as a contrast for their gentle silvery leaves.
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For best results grow Stachys Byzantina ground cover in full sun -though they will tolerate partial shade – in dry to medium, well-drained soil. Deadhead any spent flower spikes to encourage bushier growth. and then cut the plant back as it dies off in Winter. Divide congested clumps every 2-4 years in early Spring.
As a rough guide when planting Stachys Byzantina as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage, and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
How to grow Stachys Byzantina
Position: Full sun / partial shade
Soil and site: Dry to medium well-drained soil
Flowering time: Late Spring / early Summer
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: Height to 50cm (when in flower), spread to 45cm
Hardiness: Fully hardy once established
Aftercare: Ensure good Winter drainage. Divide congested clumps every few years.