A Silver and Blue Garden

If you yearn for a special place of relaxation and contemplation, consider planting this garden of silver foliage and calming shades of lavender and blue. This serene, cool palette garden includes touches of white and soft yellow for accent.  Many of these perennials are wonderfully fragrant - the scented blossoms of Lavender, Dianthus, and Butterfly Bush partner with the aromatic foliage of the Caryopteris, Artemisia, and Perovskia. As daylight starts to dim, silver, blue, and other pale shades begin to glow and continue to do so well after twilight. All these features make this a perfect garden to plant near your patio or deck. And when summer is over, the delicate, silvery branches of the Butterfly Bush, Caryopteris, Perovskia, and Artemisia and the graceful fountain of Japanese silver grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Sarabande') will provide winter interest. Except for the Delphiniums and Aneomenes which enjoy a little more moisture and fertility, these perennials do just fine in average, well-drained soil with moderate moisture and at least six hours of sun. The only difficulty in creating your silver and blue retreat is choosing among dozens of beautiful perennial candidates. Let this plan be your starting point. Plant in groups of three except where indicated.

A Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'
Graceful plants with white flowers borne on wiry stems that move in the wind. Height 36" Durable to -20° F
I Delphinium 'Bellamosa'
Produces dark violet flowers in a delicate, open habit. Luxuriant display along fences, walls,and back of border. Height 36-48" Durable to -40° F
B Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
Feathery, finely cut foliage that serves beautifully in cut-flower arrangements as well as in the mixed border. Height 24-36" Durable to -20° F
J Delphinium 'Sky Blue'
Handsome light blue florets with a white bee - the center cluster of sepals. Does not require staking. Height 36" Durable to -40° F
C Artemisia 'Silver Brocade'
Splendid silvery-white stems and foliage that grow in a fairly dense and rounded form. Height 24" Durable to -40° F


Dianthus 'Aqua'
Bred specifically for its compact form and sweet, frilly white flowers. Blue-grey stems and foliage provide a charming backdrop. Height 12" Durable to -20° F
D Aster 'Professor Kippenburg'
Produces an abundant display of blue-violet, daisy-like flowers with yellow centers. Height 18" Durable to -30° F


Lavandula 'Hidcote'
Richly aromatic with dusky blue-grey leaves and purple flowers. Fine choice for rock and fragrance gardens. Height 12" Durable to -20° F
E Buddleia 'White Profusion'
Large shrubs yielding pristine white flowers in dense clusters. Can be cut for indoor arrangements. Height 6-7' Durable to -20° F


Clump-forming grasses with exceptional silvery-green leaves which turn to a soft carmel color in winter. Height 5-7' Durable to -20° F
F Campanula 'Blue Clips'
A mound of bright green foliage producing an early-summer profusion of upward-facing blue "bells." Height 6-8" Durable to -40° F
N  Perovskia 'Filigran'
Graceful, pleasing shrubs with delicate greyish-green foliage and stems, and an upright habit. Height 36-48" Durable to -20° F

Caryopteris 'Longwood Blue'
Silvery-green foliage provides a handsome contrast to its stunning blue fiowers. Height 24-36"
Durable to -20° F

O Physostegia 'Crown of Snow'
A pristine show of white flowers, whether in the garden or cut for fresh indoor arrangements. Height 24-36" Durable to -40° F

Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'
Lacy foliage and soft yellow, star-shaped flowers. Blooms all summer long. Height 18-24" Durable to-40° F

P Platycodon 'Mariesii'
Rich, long-lasting, bright blue flowers. Foliage is blue-green and neatly toothed along the edges. Height 18" Durable to -40° F