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 soil.
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 dwarfFestuca 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 summerand 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’, 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’.
BULBS AND BEDDING PLANTS
I suggest for spring colour‘Pink Pearl’ and the pink Triumph Strain of polyanthus (ideal for moist shady conditions). For summer try cernuum, ‘Leonard Sutton’, Aster ‘Milady Rose’, ‘Frilly Pink’ (suited to moist shade), Cleome spinosa ‘Pink Queen’, godetia, Lauatera trimestris ‘Silver Cup’ and ‘Pink Joy’. Autumn must include speciosum and Nerine bowdenii.