The Q&A Archives: Looking For A Dramatic, Grey Foliaged Shrub

Question: I am looking for a dramatic grey (or other unusual variegation) shrub for a curbside planting at a house in Eagle Rock, California (near Pasadena). Thanks.

Answer: Here are a few suggestions:
Abutilon palmeri, "INDIAN MALLOW" - Small shrub native to southwest deserts & Baja Calif. with silvery stems & leaves & satiny, golden yellow, cup-shaped flowers in the spring and summer. Adenanthos sericea, "WOOLLYBUSH" - An unusual shrub related to proteas, with very silky leaves & odd, tubular, red flowers. Aethionema cordifolium `Warley Rose', "STONECRESS" - Choice, evergreen, mounding shrublet with wiry stems close set with narrow, blue-green leaves & 1 inch. clusters of starry, bright pink flowers in spring. Arctostaphylos `John Dourley', "MANZANITA" - a mounding shrub to 3' tall and 6' wide with small, blue green leaves, bronzy new growth and& clusters of tiny, light pink, urn-shaped flowers in spring. Calliandra eriophylla, "FAIRY DUSTER" - a medium sized shrub with lacy, dark gray green foliage; flowers are fluffy brushes of rosy-pink stamens in spring. Cassia artemisioides, "FEATHERY CASSIA" - a water efficient evergreen shrub with/ feathery, silver foliage & clusters of yellow flowers over long winter/spring season.
Hope these suggestions help you choose just the right plant!

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