Gray (grey) leaf plants

Plants with grey and silver leaves create both highlights and a cooling effect in a planting design. Here's some to choose
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Clipped Helichrysum petiolare. Design Robert Boyle. Photo Christopher Owen

After agreeing to my last minute suggestion of shooting down to Melbourne for Garden DesignFest, we managed to see three gardens, including two by Robert Boyle.

Ctenanthe setosa 'Grey Star' with platinum grey leaves

Ctenanthe, or never-never plant, is a tough performer in a dry shady garden in warm climates, with several cultivars having beautifully patterned leaves

Clipped Helichrysum petiolare and Teucrium fruticans. Design Robert Boyle. Photo Christopher Owen

Clipped Helichrysum petiolare and Teucrium fruticans.

Gray Agave attenuata in Roberto Burle Marx's Sitio

Roberto Burle Marx single-handedly changed the face of tropical garden design while introducing to the world a host of amazing indigenous Brazilian plants.

Podocarpus totara 'Matapouri Blue'

More native New Zealand plants for hedges (Part - GardenDrum

Ozbreed’s Westringia fruticosa Grey Box

Ozbreed’s Westringia fruticosa Grey Box™ has won the Nursery and Garden Industry of Australia’s 2015 top award of ‘Plant of the Year’.

Conostylis candicans. Photo by Brian Roach

Photo by Brian Roach

Kalanchoe beharensis

I love a good sensory garden and how they can delight and heighten our senses, how they can evoke fond memories and how they can draw us in to be immersed within the garden.

Olearia languinosa ‘Ghost Town’, an unkillable shrub which thrives in a hot dry…

Olearia languinosa ‘Ghost Town’, an unkillable shrub which thrives in a hot dry spot. Photo by Brian Roach

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