Lamium or Dead Nettle is a well behaved ground cover and is not considered a serious garden thug. It is easily edged in the spring and is not likely to become a weed.
The flowers are carried well above the foliage and the different varieties make this a delight to grow.
It flowers in late spring or early summer – see the flower color on the varieties below.
This is one hardy plant, surviving nicely down into USDA zone 2.
Grow in sun or shade. For best results do not allow it to dry right out. In very dry conditions, the leaves will deteriorate and develop brown edges.
Very hot conditions can lighten up the colouring so this plant is best considered a part-shade or shade groundcover in a decent soil.
Try planting under shrubs to brighten up unused garden spaces. Control the spread in the spring with a sharp shovel to edge it.
Lamium ‘White Nancy’
Easily propagated by division in the spring or by tip cuttings. Purchase a few and you’ll never want for more.
It is an excellent plant for container use or on the edges of stone walls because of its trailing nature.
- ‘Anne Greenaway’ green, chartreuse and silver leaf, mauve flowers
- ‘Beedham’s White’ charteuse yellow leaves, white flowers best golden
- ‘Brocade’ silver leaves with green edge, rose-pink flowers
- ‘Chequers’ green leaves with silver stripe, rosy-purple flowers
- ‘Purple Dragon’ silver leaves edged green, purple flowers
- ‘Shell Pink’ green foliage with silver stripe, soft pink flowers
- ‘White Nancy’ green/silver foliage with white flowers -older, but good variety (pictured)