The Silver King is a lovely summer plant.

Looking for a new plant this summer? I recommend considering the box-leaf family of euonymus—and this month, specifically, the Silver King.

The Silver King has eye-catching, silvery white edges with glossy green leaves that add unique color and texture to your landscape.

I tend to harp about the size of our desert garden pots, because larger pots work best for plants to survive the summer furnace in your Palm Springs container garden—and to support our illustrious plant of the month, the pot should be at least 24 inches wide. This width and similar depth will provide structural support as well as insulation of the soil—and, subsequently, the root system of the plant.

Variegated forms of the box leaf family are most popular, and are among the few shrubs to maintain their variegated leaf color in the full sun during our hot summer climates. The silver tones mix easily with other desert-landscape plant materials and add a unique color and texture to your garden. The plant can serve as a stand-alone focal point, or be surrounded by almost any contrasting color for instant beauty. With the plant’s upright growth habit, several pots can be grouped to form a low screen.

As mentioned last week, the theme for this month is working your designs in odd numbers. Three pots may work best, or you can still maintain the odd number by having a single pot. They do not all have to be planted the same, and probably should not be. We would not want our “King” to get bored with his royal court, now, would we?

More on the Silver King next week.

Marylee Pangman is the founder and former owner of The Contained Gardener in Tucson, Ariz. She has become known as the Desert’s Potted Garden Expert. Marylee is available for digital consultations, and you can email her with comments and questions at; follow the Potted Desert on Facebook.