Barbie's garden Gardening Perenniels

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!







By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

8 replies on “Powis Castle Art”

Love the rain droplets shots. They look like crystals and diamonds on the green leaves. If they are for real, you’d be extremely rich. Anyhow, you’d be extremely rich in happiness too.

I love this plant too, but it doesn’t overwinter reliably here. Possibly too much moisture over winter, or a little too cold, or a combination of both. I still have one smallish plant left, and one tiny sprig left in an area that now gets too much shade.

They’re easy to grow from cuttings from what I remember. I know I only ever bought this once and had three plantings at the end of last year.

It’s definitely fragrant, although I’m not sure if I like its particular scent or not. Quite strong. I guess I’d learn to like it if it reached 3m across!

Oh wow, so you can make cuttings. Thanks for this, I’ll try it. I use this plant mainly to keep pests away, and I make my bug spray with this. The scent is strong, but not unbearable.

Oh my! What a spectacular plant – I had no idea! I love the colouring and the foliage. I think I need to get me one of these 🙂

PS: LOVE the photos! Stunning stuff!

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