Lamium is one of the best choices for a tough yet showy perennial groundcover. This classic selection forms a spreading patch of small silver leaves with a narrow green edge. Clusters of bright-pink flowers appear in spring, then continue off and on until fall. Fairly tolerant of dry shade, once established. Trim back in late winter. Stems will root into the ground where they touch, and any new plants that form can be easily moved in spring or fall. Also easily divided. Evergreen.
Lamium 'Purple Dragon'. Purple Dragon has stunning silver leaves with dark green edging and large, deep purple flowers. This Lamium is perfect for any shady area of the garden.
Most of the 40-odd species of Lamium are rampant-growing plants from Asia and Europe. All tolerate poor soils and a range of light conditions. The few ornamental varieties have the great value of being lovely ground covers that prosper in dry shade.
Hardy Zones: 3-9.