This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
The following are excellent fine-foliaged plants for the ordinary system of bedding: -
Centaurea Rigusina, silvery, will stand 10° frost, 1 to 1½ foot.
,, gymnocarpa, silvery, ,, 1 to 2 feet, according to age.
Cinerarea maritima, silvery, ,, 1 to 2 feet.
,, acanthafolia, silvery, ,, ,,
Achyrocline Sauudersoni, silvery, ,, ,,
Santolina chamaecyparissus, silvery, hardy, ,,
,, incana, silvery, hardy, 6 to 9 inches.
Dactylis glomerata variegata, variegated, hardy, 1 foot.
Chrysanthemum Sensation, variegated, hardy, 2 feet.
Polemonium caeruleum variegaturn, variegated, hardy, 9 inches to 1 foot.
Pyrethrum Golden Feather, golden, hardy, 6 to 8 inches.
Stachys lanata, silvery, hardy foliage, 4 inches.
Euonymus radicans variegatus, variegated, hardy, height according to age.
Cerastium tomentosum, silvery, hardy, 3 to 4 inches.
Arabia alpina variegata, variegated, hardy, 3 to 4 inches. ,, lucida variegata, golden variegated, 3 inches.
Artemisia argentea, silvery, hardy, 6 to 8 inches.
Ajuga reptaus rubra, dark purple, hardy, very dwarf.
Oxalis corniculata rubra, dark chocolate, hardy, 4 inches.
Alternathera, various, very dwarf, but tender.
Amaranthus melancholicus ruber, dark red, 1 to 2 feet, tender.
Coleus Verschaffeltii, dark crimson, 2 to 3 feet, tender.
,, various sorts, which thrive outdoors for two or three of the warmest months.
Dell's Beet, dark crimson, 9 inches to 1 foot, very effective and hardy.
These are the cream of the more dwarf-foliaged plants for bedding. Of subtropical plants likely to suit your locality, the following are good:-
Aralia papyrif'era, height according to age.
Canrias in variety. *Nicotiana Wiganclioides. *Polymnia grandis. *Salauum robustum. *\Vigandia Caracasana.
Caladium esculentum. Acacia lopbantha. Agave Americana. Chamaerops Fortunii. Cordyline indivisa. Cycas revoluta. Dracaena Australis.
Dracaena Draco. Ficus elastica. Ferdinandia eminens. Phormium tenax. *Rieinus in variety. Seafortbia elegans. Corypha Australis.
These are all hardy enough to be outdoors for four or five months in summer, and can be wintered in a greenhouse. Their height is according to age. Those marked * can be easily raised from seed, and the Cannas can be lifted and kept under the greenhouse stage.