I’d see it in the nurseries and fall hard every time for the blue/grey, spoon-shaped, felted foliage with dense, white, powdery undersides. Add the thin white outline around the edge of each leaf and wow, gotta have it! But then I’d remember the flowers. I finally came to my senses last year and realized I cut the flowers I don’t like off other plants, why not this one?
Since one of my favorite things about this plant is the underside of the leaves I got lucky with its placement. Planted next to the front steps I can see the backsides glowing even from inside the house.
Pretty fabulous no?
Pinching the plant to keep it compact and get rid of any flower buds has made for a very full little shrub.
I’ll let it grow over the summer though because last year I saw this image (source). And would really like to recreate something similar next Christmas with cuttings.
- common name Daisy Bush, native to New Zealand
- broadleaf evergreen shrub, to 4-5 ft tall and 6 ft wide, although reportedly easy to keep smaller - an important feature for where I planted it!
- likes sun, does well in coastal environments
- cold hardy to USDA Zone 8
- drought tolerant, deer resistant
So about those flowers...as usual when I decide I must have something I fall for it in a big way, I planted two Brachyglottis greyi last summer, one in a place where I don't see it up close and personal every day. It managed to flower when I wasn't paying attention, I guess they aren't that bad...
So have you ever not bought a plant because of the look of it's flowers? Do you ever cut the flowers off your plants? And of course I want to know what's looking good in your garden this week...
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