Stachys byzantina, commonly known as Lambs Ears, is the ultimate edging foliage plant at Mooseys, and I grow two different types. My favourite is the lime green variety, which I know as Stachys limelight.
Stachys in the Perennial Border
Stachys can look dreadful at certain times of the year, but it's easy to clean out the old leaves and cut off the straggling flowering stalks. Whenever I want to make more plants I just dig out an existing piece and divide it up - no matter what season.
A Great Plant for the Bees
The flowering stalks do flop over, but they are a delicate pale grey and pink - quite a subtle colour mixture - and the bees love them. Be careful, though, if you decide to trim off the flowers - watch out for the bees!
Stachys Foliage - Lambs Ears
I happily over-use this perennial, particularly for edges of garden borders. But sometimes in the depths of winter rain I regret my Stachys obsession. However all is forgiven when the new foliage appears in spring. It's beautiful!