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Artemisia schmidtiana 'Silver Mound'

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Product Description
Sun Exposure Sun
Soil Conditions Normal, Sandy, Clay/Heavy, Dry
Mature Plant Size (H x W) 8-12" x 12-18"
Artemisia Silver Mound is a very popular silver foliage plant that will quickly become a new favorite in your garden. In addition to its silver coat and cute pockets of yellow from its blooms, this framing plant has a unique and distinctive fragrance. This evergreen ground cover will create a thick matting in the landscape, giving it a silky, soft coating with its eye-catching silver-gray color. This perennial shrub works best when planted in rock gardens or any small space. Great for planting borders where its texture can be fully enjoyed.

Enhance Your Landscape With Silver Mound Artemisia from McKay Nursery

At McKay Nursery, we offer a meticulously curated selection of plants, including the striking Silver Mound Artemisia. Situated in the picturesque area of Waterloo, Wisconsin, our nursery is committed to cultivating hardy and vibrant plants for your landscape design. By choosing us for your gardening needs, you are assured of receiving top-quality plants, all backed by our one-year warranty. Order your own Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’ today! For more details, contact us at [email protected] or call 920-478-2121.
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  • Mature Plant Size (H x W) Mature Plant Size (H x W): 8-12" x 12-18"
Key features
  • Deer Resistant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Fragrant Leaves
Planting Care

Planting & Care for Silver Mound Artemisia

  • Silver Mound prefers full to partial sun locations in average soil.
  • Prefers very well-drained soil conditions, particularly chalk, clay, loam, sand, and alkaline soil.
  • This plant thrives in non-fertile ground.
  • Water moderately when young, but should need less water than the average plant once established.
  • Should be planted 16” apart.
Opening Plant Material
  • Containers: Completely saturate all container plants by putting them in a larger water container until bubbling stops. Remove the plant, then dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container, ensuring it’s wider on the sides by an additional 6” or more.
Planting Containers
  • Plant in March - October.
  • Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or wider on the sides.
  • Slide the plant from the pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With a shovel or knife, trim the bottom 2" off the bare root plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
    Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Adjust the plant height so the root crown is slightly higher than the ground.
  • Notice where the base of the trunk flares out from the tree. This is called the root flare. This root flare should show when the tree is planted. Add soil under the ball so the root flare is exposed if necessary.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Backfill the hole with soil, ensuring the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
    Water frequently when newly planted.
  • See our link for Planting & Handling Help for a downloadable planting guide with illustrations.
Pruning - Through-out the Season
  • Prune the plants back to 5 to 6 inches in early spring or late fall.
Watering - After Planting
  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the six-week establishment period, water once per week unless rain occurs.
  • Remember to check soil moisture by sticking your finger into the soil around 3”.
Watering - Through-out the Season
  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it’s dry, give it a good soak with the hose end (no nozzle), watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Same as after planting, stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Frequently Asked Questions

How fast does a Silver Artemisia grow?

Silver Artemisia doesn’t take up too much space, even at full growth. However, it does grow very quickly, reaching full size within a few months of spring.

What are the common problems of growing Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’?

Silver Artemisia is mostly a low-maintenance evergreen plant with few insects that bother it. It's also disease-resistant, so it doesn’t require strict observation. Its most common issue is overwatering, so watch your watering sessions. Signs of overwatering can include floppiness or yellowing of its silver foliage. In order to avoid "melting out", it can be grown in average soil—or even poor soil—and trimmed back in late spring to rejuvenate the foliage.

What happens when you overwater a Silver Artemisia?

Since a Silver Artemisa is already drought tolerant, it can be susceptible to overwatering. Symptoms of overwatering can manifest through floppiness, leaving a hole in the center of its mound. Floppiness can also be caused by too much fertilizer or not enough exposure to full sun. To fix the floppiness, prune away several inches from the plant's stems. Afterward, remember to cut back on water to let the soil dry out or reduce instances of fertilizing.

Is Silver Artemisia an invasive plant species?

Many members of the Artemisia genus are invasive plants, but Silver Artemisia isn’t aggressive like them. This plant stays well-behaved and does not spread much beyond its mounded growth pattern.

Does Silver Mound Artemisia require mulching?

It’s best to mulch your Silver Mound Artemisia with either ground hardwood or ground cypress mulch. Although any type of mulch will do, cypress or hardwood mulch offers a higher quality of nutrition overall as it breaks down.

Planting & Handling Help

Download our Planting and Handling Guide below to plan for a successful arrival and install of your plants. Be sure to water all plants as soon as they arrive and every day until you’re ready to plant. Keep any bare root bundles in a shady, cool spot with the roots covered at all times.

Learn More

Watch our videos on handling bare root plants, how your order is prepared for shipment and more.

Plant Sizing

What is the difference between Containers, Grow Bags, Bare Root, and Balled & Burlap (B&B)?

Shipping Times

Our FedEx and local shipping times depend on two factors, one is by the region and the second is the type of product being shipped. For example, small fruits are only shipped in spring, but majority of our perennials are shipped from spring until fall. Keep in mind the dates below act as a general guide. Due to unpredictable weather, staffing, inventory and industry demands these timelines can change. Therefore, we cannot guarantee any of these times.


Shipping Dates by Region*


Northern Cold Region: April 22nd - November 7th

Northern Region: April 15th - November 7th

Middle Region: April 1st - November 7th

Southern Region: March 15th - November 7th

Local Delivery (small radius from Waterloo, WI): April 22nd - November 7th


Shipping Dates by Season*


Spring Shipping: Region Start Date (above) - May

Fall Shipping: September - November


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