Pink and Silver Flower Planting Scheme

This is one of the favourite combinations – pink flowers and silver or grey foliage plants. It creates a delightful warm atmosphere in a garden but is more restful than a red bed or border. There are many pink-flowered plants to choose from and, again, unless otherwise stated, they like plenty of sun and well-drained soil.


Spring: Bergenia ‘Pugsley’s Pink’ in front of the grey-leaved low-growing shrub Senecio ‘Sunshine’.

Summer: border carnations or pinks with mats of silver-leaved Stachys lanata ‘Silver Carpet’. Perhaps some groups, too, of the greyish dwarf grasses Festuca glauca and Avena Candida.

Autumn: Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’ with Stachys lanata ‘Silver Carpet’.


Among those I can recommend for spring flowering are Arabis caucasica ‘Rosabella’ and, ideal for shade and moist soil, Bergenia ‘Pugsley’s Pink’.

There is no shortage of summer perennials and I would particularly recommend Astilbe ‘Bressingham Beauty’ (needs moist soil), dianthus or varieties of border carnations and pinks, Geranium endressii ‘Wargrave Pink’, Hemerocallis ‘Pink Damask’, Paeonia lactiflora ‘Bowl of Beauty’, Phlox paniculata ‘Balmoral’ (best in moist soil), and Sidalcea ‘Loveliness’. For autumn try Anemone x hybrida ‘September’Charm’, Aster novi-belgii ‘Patricia Ballard’ and the aptly-named Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’.


For spring these must include Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’ and Kolkwitzia amabilis, while for summer no pink garden should be without Cistus ‘Silver Pink’, Escallonia ‘Slieve Donard’ and Hebe ‘Carnea’.


I suggest for spring colour hyacinth ‘Pink Pearl’ and the pink Triumph Strain of polyanthus (ideal for moist shady conditions). For summer try Allium cernuum, Antirrhinum ‘Leonard Sutton’, Aster ‘Milady Rose’, Begonia semperflorens ‘Frilly Pink’ (suited to moist shade), Cleome spinosa ‘Pink Queen’, godetia, Lauatera trimestris ‘Silver Cup’ and Petunia ‘Pink Joy’. Autumn bulbs must include Colchicum speciosum and Nerine bowdenii.

09. September 2013 by admin
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