• Silene Fimbriata in flower at Chelsea

    Pick of the Plants

    23rd May 2012GeneralStephanie Donaldson

    Two of my favourite plants were definitely in the subtle palette. Andy Sturgeon’s M&G Garden had a gorgeous aquilegia tucked into the front of the planting. It’s called Aquilegia viridis ‘Chocolate Soldier’ and is a compact plant in soft brown/purple/green shades. Another plant that has been on my ‘must have’ list for some time is Silene fimbriata, it is a member of the campion family with small white flowers with frilled edges. The quality that appeals to me is that it does well in dry shade where it provides a nice shape contrast to white foxgloves. I’ve finally found a gardening friend who has a plant to spare – but if you are at Chelsea on Saturday when they sell off the plants, both Joe Swift and the World Vision garden have this Silene, so you may be able to buy one or two for your own dark corner.