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Member Name: Lady Muck
Date: 28/03/02, updated on 28/03/02 (151 review reads)
Advantages: Good for carpeting shady areas
Disadvantages: not particularly showy, more a garden workhorse
Lamiums are spring or summer flowering perennials which provide elegant groundcover in shady areas of your garden. They are fully hardy and though they like moist shade a well-drained soil is required as they don't like excessive 'winter wet'. Their common name is 'Dead Nettle', but the garden plants are not quite as humble as the common weed.
Whilst not being the showiest of plants, their value in the garden cannot be praised enough. They will carpet a shady area with oval, mid-green silver-tinged leaves with mauve-pink or yellow flowers in spring/summer. They can be easily propagated by taking stem cuttings or can be divided in autumn or early spring. A very handy plant for those awkward shady corners you may have.