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"Fifty Shades of Gray" in the Cottage Garden

The ethereal and striking shades of grey is a rare and sought-after flower. There is a human tendency to desire things that are hard if not impossible to have. Years ago, the illusive white marigold was so sought-after Burpee offered a $10,000 prize to the first american gardener to first grow it. Mrs. Vonk produce a snow-white marigold in 1975 and won the $10,000 prize. 

Grey can be an elusive color in floral terms… not many (if any) flowers are grey but there are ways to achieve that hue with some clever use of foliage, flowers and plants. 
Luckily for us gardeners living at the desert Southwest with copious hours of solar radiation and minimal cloud cover, gray and silver leaved plants thrive well in our compost-poor, yet mineral sufficient soils. Low water and low maintenance will keep these lighter colored plants not just surviving, but thriving. And so, it goes with using plants with white, gray, or silvery foliage in shrub beds, flower borders, and any fashion of container. They c…