By Steve Pulliam

Foliage often takes a backseat in garden design, yet Artemisia (Artemisia spp.) proves that leaves can be just as captivating as flowers. With its silvery soft texture, Artemisia adds a unique visual interest to the landscape, whether standing alone or complementing other plants. This genus offers a variety of species, each contributing to a garden's aesthetic backdrop.

Once established, these hardy plants require minimal care. Artemisia is notably tolerant of heat, drought, and poor soils, making it an excellent choice for gardening in the Carolinas.

Caring for Artemisia is relatively straightforward. These low-maintenance perennials thrive in well-drained soils and full sun, though they can tolerate partial shade. Once established, Artemisia requires minimal watering, as it is highly drought-tolerant. Overwatering or poor drainage however can lead to root rot, so it's important to ensure the soil does not stay overly moist.

Pruning back in the early spring encourages bushier growth and helps maintain the plant's natural shape. While Artemisia is generally pest-resistant, it's good practice to periodically monitor for any signs of disease or insect infestation. Artemisia is a robust addition to any garden, providing both aesthetic value and ease of care. I am proud to recommend this plant to all our South Carolina customers that your lawn remains vibrant and resilient throughout the seasons

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