The sharply serrated, slender leaves were the main attraction, but here’s more to like from the plant tag: “Architectural, layered shrub, to 4-6′ with golden, flaking bark; dark stems; 3-4″ leaves, narrow, silvered and serrated. White flowers appear in summer, but not in great abundance. Perfect for that powdered silver garden. Sun to part shade. Even moisture especially in hot summer climates. Frost hardy to at least mid USDA zone 7″. My plant is not as silvery as the description or the photo on Plant Lust, where you can read more about it.
I’m thinking (taking that “powdered silver garden” talk seriously) that it might work well in combination with the metallic new growth on Rhododendron sinogrande with the contrast in leaf size and shape but similar coloration. This is a spot where I water regularly. My only concern is that it may not get quite enough sun. Guess I’ll just move the pot over there and see how I (and it) like it.
So here’s a last look at my Olearia x mollis ‘Zennorensis’…
and Rhododendron sinogrande. Your thoughts? While you’re mulling it over, why not pop on over to Danger Garden to see what Loree has on deck for this week’s favorite.