We use soft, lovely lamb’s ear in the potager to border the front so no one will dig in the area of underground wires and pipes.
It is very hardy, comes back every year, and makes a nice edging.
Our is the variety “Stachys Byzantium” which does not flower and so is great for edging because it stays neat. Plant lamb’s ears carefully because they are considered invasive plants and easily fill in the areas where they are planted.
In the perennial garden around the pool near my office the variety is an old type that gets long stalks.
Lamb’s ear is grown more for the texture and color of its foliage than for its bloom, lamb’s ears does produce light purple flowers on tall spikes. Its texture can be described as “fuzzy” or “velvety” and the foliage has a silvery color. Flower spikes reach 12″-18″ in height, but the rest of the plant stays much closer to the ground. Certain varieties (like the one we grow at The Glade) don’t get flower spikes.
Sidebar: Stachys the Apostle was the first bishop of Byzantium.