Lamium maculatum ‘Anne Greenaway’
Lamium maculatum ‘Anne Greenaway’ makes a carpet of colour in the shaded garden.
Sheet of colour in the shaded garden
‘Anne Greenaway’ blooms with spikes of rose hooded flowers, stacked beautifully above the glowing foliage.
So it creates a carpet of bright colour and light in the darker places of the garden.
‘Anne Greenway’ has an exceptionally long blooming period as well.
With the spikes of hooded rose flowers beginning in mid-spring, continuing to pop up through summer, and then usually repeating with more again when the weather cools for autumn.
(Scroll down to “Growing” section for plant details, how / where to grow)
“Shade Expert” ground-cover
The foliage of Lamium maculatum ‘Anne Greenaway’ is a symphony of colour.
Each neat little leaf has a central silver slash, framed by sage-green, emerald-green, and lime.
And it easily forms a dense, weed-proof carpet under trees and shrubs, where it loves to be.
Perfect under trees or shrubs
Growing from the Deep shade amongst the roots of trees, to the Partial Shade at the edge, or in Dappled Woodland conditions. Though Lamium maculatum ‘Anne Greenaway’ prefers the darker and most shaded areas, as that beautiful colourful foliage will scorch and brown in direct hot sunlight.
Lamium does not mind if the shade is evergreen and perrnanant, or if it is deciduous.
Water-wise in shade
Lamiums are water-wise plants once established in their shaded territory. After that, normal, average garden watering is more than enough. They can also stretch out the time between drinks and tolerate periods of dry quite well. But they do not enjoy summer humidity.
Hardy & easy groundcover to beat the weeds
‘Anne Greenaway’ is a very easy grower.
She is excellent for keeping weeds down, as she makes roots as she creeps along, though it is not invasive.
If ‘Anne Greenaway’ ambles beyond the allotted space, she is very easy to weed back and keep in bounds.
Growing: Lamium maculatum ‘Anne Greenaway’
– Height with flowers: Spikes of rose flowers to 15cm. approx. and they sit jauntily above the flat carpet of colourful foliage.
– Width: ‘Anne Greenaway’ will quickly carpet out to a diameter of approx. 75-90cm. But she is not invasive.
– Position: Loves to creep about in the shadows, and will happily carpet in all types of shade – from Deep Shade to Partial Shade, Dappled Shade and Woodland conditions.
However it is also heat hardy. Though the foliage will burn in direct hot sunlight. ‘Anne Greenaway’ does not enjoy summer humidity.
Hardy & easy groundcover
– Soil: Lamiums seem to be completely unfussy about soil type. So they can grow happily in all types from sandy, through loam, to clay. Similarly they will happily take to a range of soil pH, from acid woodlands soils to alkaline (limestone) soils.
– Frost: ‘Anne Greenaway’ is extremely frost hardy, and survives in hard frosts to at least -20C.
– Growth: Evergreen carpeting perennial groundcover.
– Water wise: Lamiums are water-wise plants once established in their shaded territory. After that, normal, average garden watering is more than enough. They can also stretch out the time between drinks and tolerate periods of dry quite well. But they do not enjoy summer humidity.
– Care: ‘Anne Greenaway’ is exceptionally low maintenance with the only possible work being to weed it out if it oversteps the space you allocate. ‘Anne Greenaway’ is virtually pest and disease free.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Lamium maculatum flowers are a feast for bees. And when you peer into the shape of the flower hoods, you can see they are perfectly designed to be bee shaped and bee sized. The bees love burrowing under the hoods, and they cant help but come away loaded with nectar and covered in pollen.
The long blooming season of Lamium also ensures the bees have food on tap for months.
– Fragrance: I am afraid not. In fact the leaves have a rather unpleasant scent when crushed. But at least this prevents the rabbits and deer from eating them.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: With all that lovely foliage, you would expect rabbits and deer to fall upon the smorgasbord. But instead the pests find the plant distasteful. Even slugs and snails are not interested.
– Origin: Lamium maculatum has an incredibly wide native range, from the cool of northern Europe to the heat of Turkey and Portugal, through the Middle East, and even over to western China. No wonder it is such a hardy and adaptable little plant.