Lamium Varieties Flower in the Shade with White Nancy Lamium and Beacon Silver Lamium

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
Editor, YouCanLearnSeries.com
Updated:
March 5, 2008

Are you looking for a shade loving plant? Try out the Lamium in your shady or partial shade portion of your yard. The lamium will provide great ground cover throughout the spring, summer and fall.

The lamium comes in a couple of different varieties, the White Nancy and the Beacon Silver. The lamium maculatum is a creeping perennial and has heart shaped leaves. The flowers bloom in little clusters and come in white for the White Nancy and pink (purple?) for the Silver Beacon.

Silver Beacon Lamium

The Silver Beacon leaves are a silver heart ringed with green trim. Plant the lamium in moist garden soil. It is a slow creeper and prefers partial shade. If you plant the Silver Beacon and the White Nancy together, you may find that the Silver Beacon Lamium will take over the White Nancy Lamium.

Do you need a shade perennial less than 6 inches tall? Then the lamium will meet your needs. The plant itself stands at about 4 inches tall with the flowers peaking out at 6 inches. The perennial has a spread of 2 feet. You may want to divide every three years.

Lamium is Easy Care

You can trim the flower stems after the flower blooms. I have found the flowers of the lamium last all summer long with minimal care. Your shady areas of your garden usually require less watering than the hot sunny areas. The lamium will look great next to a garden path or in front of taller shade plants.

All flower gardens have sections that can be in shade or partial shade. The lamium will make a perfect addition to that partial shade area.


Perennial Partial Shade
Plant in moist soil Requires little care
Grows 4 to 6 inches high Spreads to feet wide
Flowers in summer Flowers in clusters
White Nancy has White Flowers Silver Beacon has Purple / Pink Flowers

Click on Silver Beacon Lamium photo to see larger photo.
Beacon Silver Lamium grows in Partial Shade.
Silver Beacon Lamium makes an excellent border plant for partial shade areas.



Click on Silver Beacon Lamium photo to see larger photo.
Beacon Silver Lamium grows in Partial Shade.
Silver Beacon Lamium has heart shaped leaves edged in green.


White Nancy Lamium

The Silver Beacon Lamium grows in partial shade and can produce plants from 4 to 6 inches tall. The Lamium is a creeping plant and can spread to 2 feet or wider. It makes an excellent border plant. The flowers bloom all summer long and the plant requires little care. Keep moist during extreme dry periods.

The Lamium comes in a couple of varieties. The White Nancy Lamium has white flowers with clusters of tiny flowers. The Silver Beacon Lamium has purple - pink flowers. If you are looking for some shade loving perennials then try the lamium, I think you will be happy with it's versatility and easy care.

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