When you think of the different textures the leaves of plants have descriptions such as smooth, waxy, and spiky come to mind, but there are several plants that are fuzzy. New and seasoned gardeners are not always familiar with several of the different types of fuzzy plants that are available for planting in a garden, but it is important to remember that every garden needs not only visual and olfactory additions but also tangible additions.
Adding the following five varieties of fuzzy textured plants to your garden adds unique foliage and color, as a result of the whitish silver color the fuzzy plants get from the tiny hairs that cover the leaves. Most of these plants are a welcome addition to many gardeners because they are capable of surviving in areas that many other plants are not. Shady locations, areas dealing with drought, west facing gardens with long hours of sunlight, and poor soil.
Here are five fuzzy plants for your garden that are each good for a different area and use in your gardening.
This is the very first fuzzy plants I was introduced to, so it has remained a favorite of mine. In full bloom Lamb’s Ear is a very tightly packed perennial that produces tall spikes with purple flowers. The leaves are long and rounded, the fuzzy texture comes from thousands of tiny, white hairs that are piled on both the top and undersides of each leaf. Lamb’s Ear is great for inclusion in a garden that is prone to drought, receives long hours of sunlight, and for the border of a flower bed. After the second year divide this perennial and include your new plants into other parts of your garden.
Silver sage is a great fuzzy plant to add to a garden full of color that needs a large ornamental plant to fill in any gaps. The leaves are very broad and resemble those on a head of cabbage. Like Lamb’s Ear, Silver Sage also blooms, but the flowers are pink or white on tall stems. I like to think of Silver Sage as fuzzy Hostas. The fuzzy leaves are due to thousands of white hairs, but in this case the hairs tend to clump together instead of being a soft lawn because of a sticky substance that the leaves produce. This plant will require a little more care in its planting than other fuzzy plants, you need to make sure the soil has very good drainage, in fact it is better to let the soil dry out occasionally. Also, in zones that go through very cold and long summers Silver Sage should be wintered inside and then returned to the garden in the summer.
This plant has probably the finest texture of all the fuzzy plants I have encountered, and actually feels like velvet fabric. It is also one of the harder to find fuzzy plants to be included in your garden because of its status as a wildflower, unlike some wildflowers it has not become very popular in fine gardening. Plant Velvetleaf Mallow in shady areas where it will have enough room to spread and establish itself year after year. The small heart shaped leaves of the plant have a mat of barely visible hairs and a dainty yellow floral blooms. I have found that this plant is the easiest to maintain and naturally thrives in shady, wooded areas as well as sunny corners.
Dichondra Silver Falls
Dichondra Silver Falls is great to add to a hanging basket, pots, or as a ground cover or climbing element in your garden. Silver Falls is a vine that will creep or cascade, depending on where it is planted, and is very heat and drought resistant. The tiny leaves are in the shape of a fan and take on a shiny, silver appearance. Very little to no care is needed to maintain this plant, just make sure you leave it enough room to grow and spread.