Pink and Silver Flower Planting Scheme
This is one of the favourite combinations – pink flowers and silver or grey. 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 .
PINK AND SILVER GROUPS
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:spectabile ‘Autumn Joy’ with Stachys lanata ‘Silver Carpet’.
Among those I can recommend for spring flowering are‘Rosabella’ and, ideal for shade and moist soil, Bergenia ‘Pugsley’s Pink’.
There is no shortage of summer perennials and I would particularly recommend‘Bressingham Beauty’ (needs moist soil), dianthus or varieties of border carnations and pinks, Geranium endressii ‘Wargrave Pink’, Hemerocallis ‘Pink Damask’, ‘Bowl of Beauty’, 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’,‘Slieve Donard’ and ‘Carnea’.
BULBS AND BEDDING PLANTS
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’,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.