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A silver garden like this is easier to achieve in containers than in a garden bed. In addition to orchestrating your own colour scheme, remember to use plants of differing heights. Regard each pot as an individual bouquet in harmony with its neighbours. This grouping thrives in full sun with moderate watering, as the plants used are fairly drought tolerant. Soilless mix with composted duck manure added is used with a generous handful of slow-release fertilizer.
Some succulents, such as feltbush (Kalanchoe beharensis) and mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata—shown below), were used to provide bold foliage and structure.
Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata—patterned leaves)
Trailing plants like creeping berries (Senecio radicans) and the two plants pictured below soften the edges of the taller planters.
Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’ (the long thin plant) and ‘Silver Foil’ silver spurflower (Plectranthus argentatus ‘Silver Foil’)
Purple spiderwort (Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea’)
Bluebird nemesia (Nemesia ‘Hubbird’)
Diamond Frost euphorbia (Euphorbia ‘Inneuphe’)
Deltoid-leaved dew plant (Oscularia deltoides)
×Graptoveria ‘Huth’s Pink’