Dwarf Schmidt wormwood
This low-growing perennial is cultivated mainly for its fine silver foliage, which is a useful companion for the darker leaves and flowers of other plants at the edge of a border or within a container. Is it very attractive as a tight mound, which can be perpetuated by trimming it each year as the insignificant flowers appear in June. This will prevent the plant from opening out in the middle. The genus is named in honour of Artemis, the Greek goddess of chastity and 'Nana' is the Latin for dwarf. The late English garden writer Christopher Lloyd thought this species was enchanting for the way the foliage traps a sprinkling of raindrops. He is also warned that as the young shoots extend in spring, they are often taken by Sparrows, who have a special fancy for grey foliage during the nesting season.