Artemisia ‘Sea Foam’
Artemisia ‘Sea Foam’ is well named. As the froth of curly, crinkly, silver-white foliage does indeed remind of the foam on the top of a wave.
So it forms a groundcover of lustrous silver-white lace.
Perfect polite little contrast plant
And it is an invaluable little plant for adding notes of colour and textural contrast at the front of the bed, or amongst and under other brightly coloured flowers.
So it is the perfect contrast plant.
Black tulips look sensational growing through it.
(See “Growing” section below for plant and cultivation details)
Drought hardy & water-wise groundcover
It would be hard to beat Artemisia ‘Sea Foam’ for drought resistance.
Because it relishes hot and dry conditions, shrugs off windy and exposed sites, and is partial to poorer, rocky and sandy soils.
So it is highly recommended for water-conscious gardeners and those in hot and arid areas, or seaside gardens, who need a hardy little groundcover.
Handy companion plant
The foliage of Artemisia ‘Sea Foam’ is aromatic.
And the aroma is reputed to keep flies and other pesky bugs away.
So little ‘Sea Foam’ can be seen used as a companion plant in veggie and fruit gardens, or in pots around the BBQ and back door.
It certainly does make a tough and decorative pot specimen.
Growing: Artemisia ‘Sea Foam’
– Height with flowers: Frothy little groundcover to a height of 20cm approx.
But dont worry about the flowers – because they are insignificant.
So it is all about the wonderful foliage with Artemisia ‘Sea Foam’
– Width: Neat groundcover of ever-silver foliage to a diameter of 60cm. approx.
– Position: Full Sun. And it relishes any spot that is hot, dry, exposed or windy, once it is established.
– Soil: Will tolerate a range of soil conditions. But good drainage is essential.
Artemisia ‘Sea Foam’ is much better (and even more silver-white) when it is grown in poor, rocky, or sandy soil. It does not respond well to rich or heavy soil.
– Fragrance: The foliage is aromatic. And the aroma is reputed to keep flies and other pesky bugs away. So little ‘Sea Foam’ can be seen used as a companion plant in veggie and fruit gardens, or in pots around the BBQ and back door.
– Frost: Very frost hardy, as it can tolerate hard frosts down to -20C approx.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial. So it glows all year round with that lustrous pearly silver-white foliage.
– Beneficial: A favourite bug repelling companion plant.
– Care: Easy and low maintenance. The only possible work would be a shear back to promote fresh, even whiter new growth in early spring, or to prevent it flowering (who cares about the insignificant flowers when you can have a cushion of white foam instead).
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Happy gardeners. Deer and rabbits detest the taste of it.