Grey or Green Santolina, aka "lavender cotton"
This is a delightful topiary plant, non-edible, that you see
featured in the higher end catalogs around Christmas time.
The gray santolina is shown as a small Christmas tree shaped plant
with red ribbons tied on it's branches and the green is usually also
in a pot with white ribbons on it's branches.
This plant is perfect for a topiary as it's somewhat slow growing
but easily shaped to form the tree shape. It is most often used
outside to line walkways or to droop over rocks, or off a ledge.
If you get a chance walk by our downtown herb gardens and you will
see if drooping/hanging over the edge of the wall next to the Town's
Christmas tree, a holly. These are all gray santolinas and if you're
lucky maybe they will be in bloom.
Santolina has a very pretty distinctive yellow blossom that reminds
you of chamomile flower. Nice fragrance also.
If you plant several of them in a bunch they will over time expand
out and create a nice gray mat of color in your landscape.