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Artemesia not powiss castle

I’ve been hunting for Artemesia Powiss Castle for a while. Barbie has one she bought at a specialist nursery (Heaven Scent) in Elgin about a year ago. I’m always admiring it when I visit her. Its grown from a tiny little plant into an impressive shrub she has planted with her roses. I love it as an accent plant for its lovely silver foliage. None of the local nurseries seem to stock Artemesia Powiss Castle. I can’t understand why – its apparently easy to propagate, is a fantastic foliage plant, water-wise, beautiful, thrives in our climate … bla bla bla … but no one stocks it.

This is Barbie’s Artemesia Powiss Castle …

As seen in Barbie’s Garden. Beautiful, right?
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What I was offered, and bought – Artemesia schimidtiana

Living in a pot - for now

[one_half]The lovely Artemesia Silver MoundThe lovely Artemesia Silver Mound[/one_half]

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[one_half_last]Living in a pot – for nowLiving in a pot - for now[/one_half_last]

So Nurseries, why do you stock this and not Powiss Castle? #Just asking!

The label says: “Artemesia schimidtiana “Silver Mound”. Evergreen, hardy perennial. Pungent silver foliage and yellow flowers in summer. Insect repellent“.

For now I’ve stuck it in a pot while I decide where to plant it. I haven’t found the perfect spot yet.

In other news … lovely mild weather so I’m off to the garden to tackle my super long list of “Things to Do”. What are you up to?

Happy gardening

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Powis Castle Art

Hi Chris, we had so much rain yesterday, I could do nothing in the garden, but my new grass patch got a good drenching (and so did my chickens, shame!!) but I did manage to take a photo of my beautiful Artemesia Powis Castle in the front garden. Do you remember the post I did a few months ago on these amazing plants?

Artemesia Powis Castle

Like other Artemisias, Powis Castle is highly fragrant and very drought tolerant, however it  is different from both its parents, Wormwood and Tree Wormwood, because it is a very light bloomer. For the landscape this is a definite advantage, because when Artemisias bloom they are not only on the blah side but they also tend to fall apart. The best way to prune Powis Castle is for looks. In autumn or spring prune for shape. It is not necessary to prune for the health of the plant. If left unpruned, this Powis Castle Artemisia may grow to 3m (10 feet) or more in diameter, but the appearance will be wild and untamed.

These soft ferny leaves make an aromatic bouquet ideally suited for crafting fresh herbal wreaths or drying for potpourri. The blooms that it does make can be used also and are particularly suited for filling the outer edge of a wreath.

Like all Artemisias, Powis Castle can adapt to most soils and sun levels.

I guess this is a favourite of mine!

I just love how the rain drops stick to the leaves……. enjoy the photos!