Posted: 21/10/2014 at 23:05
Salvia Amistad here in Dordogne, as I have found, although a lovely plant, grows very tall and leggy, too tall for that bed. Salvia Wendy's wish is a purply pink and much bushier and more compact. I'm pleased with the six I got from the firm I get my plug plants https://www.jardinexpress.fr/ They have a spring and an autumn catalogue.
I'm not keen on white beds that are solely white, I think a touch of another colour, such as purple, stops it looking flat. But I like perennial beds that are a mixture so that you get flowers in 3 seasons, also I like a mix of colours best. You often find that the pastel colours flower together in spring, for example, and reds and yellows are out in autumn so that your bed changes colour.
If you are finding it hard to find the plants you want in French GCs have a look at this mail order firm. My plants all arrived in good condition, they weren't that big but were a lot bigger than Jardiland's usual perennial range. http://www.promessedefleurs.com/vivaces.html you can ask both firms to send a printed colour catalogue too.