01
June
2011

White Gardens

whiteflowersGertrude Jekyll brought monochrome gardens to the forefront of garden design back in the beginning of the 1900s. Her painter’s approach to garden design issued a challenge to modern landscape designers, who relish the opportunity to live up to it. Can you build a satisfying full-season garden and stay within a limited color palette? Doing so tests a designer’s aesthetic and herbaceous skills simultaneously.

Although a Blue Garden might be the most challenging technically, White Gardens bend a designer's mind and bring out their best work. The nuances of white set against the vibrance of green can leave the most skilled designers scratching their heads.

Culturally, white brings social meaning to the table. Sometimes a white garden is referred to as a Wedding Garden; Moon Garden is another alias, when it’s paired with a Sun Garden in yellow on the opposite side of the property. A couple can take a nice, winding walk from day to night that symbolizes their journey through life together—with their home in the middle for the finishing touch.

We have a soft spot for this type of project. Do you have a visual theme you’d like to bring to your landscape or containers? We have a broad range of materials we can pull from to implement your design vision. If you let us know early enough, we can contract grow specific material; or, we can take a tour of our existing crops and pull together some unique elements as a Found Art exercise.

For example, we can supply a White Garden or Bridal Container project with any of the following materials this week:

  • Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’
  • Angelonia ‘Serena White’
  • Angelonia ‘Applique White’
  • Angelonia ‘Mist White Cloud’
  • Argyranthemum ‘Molimba Helio White’
  • Artemisia ‘Silver Cascade’
  • Artemisia ‘Silver Mound’
  • Athyrium ‘Pictum’
  • Astilbe ‘Snowdrift’
  • Bacopa ‘Abunda Giant White’
  • Basil ‘Pesto Perpetuo’
  • Begonia ‘Bada Bing White’
  • Begonia ‘Bada Boom White’
  • Begonia ‘Whisky’
  • Begonia ‘Olympia White’
  • Begonia ‘Cocktail Whiskey’
  • Begonia ‘Babywing White’
  • Caladium ‘White Christmas’
  • Calibrachoa ‘Cabaret White’
  • Calibrachoa ‘Catwalk Pure Cotton’
  • Carex siderosticha ‘Variegata’
  • Caryopteris ‘Snow Fairy’
  • Caryopteris ‘First Choice’
  • Chysocephalum ‘Sterling Silver’
  • Diascia ‘Juliet White’
  • Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’
  • Dusty Miller
  • Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’
  • Euphorbia ‘Hip Hop’
  • Euphorbia ‘Stardust White Sparkle’
  • Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’
  • Geranium ’White‘
  • Geranium ‘Ivy Contessa White’
  • Geranium ‘Regal Royal White’
  • Geranium ‘Zonal Rocky Mountain White’
  • Geranium ‘Zonal Wilhelm Langguth’ (red flowers, but extreme white variegations)
  • Geranium ‘Zonal Americana White’
  • Hedera ‘Glacier’
  • Helichrysum ‘Icicles’
  • Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’
  • Heuchera ‘Silver Scrolls’
  • Heuchera ‘Snow Angel’
  • Hosta ‘First Frost’
  • Hosta ‘Patriot’
  • Hosta ‘Regal Splendor’
  • Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’
  • Hypoestes ‘White Splash’
  • Impatiens ‘Xtreme White’
  • Impatiens ‘Accent White’
  • Impatiens ‘Double Fiesta White’
  • Impatiens ‘Ole Frost’
  • Impatien ‘Sunpatien White’
  • Lobelia ‘Languna White’
  • Nemesia ‘Aromatica White’
  • New Guinea Impatiens ‘Posh White’
  • New Guinea Impatiens ‘Harmony Pure White’
  • New Guinea Impatiens ‘Celebration White’
  • Nicotiana ‘Saratoga White’
  • Nierembergia ‘Mont Blanc’
  • Pepper ‘White Habenero’
  • Petunia ‘Bravo White‘
  • Petunia ‘Easy Wave White’
  • Petunia ‘Ramblin White’
  • Petunia ‘Shock Wave Coconut’
  • Phlox ‘David’
  • Plectranthus variegata
  • Plectranthus ‘Silver Shield’
  • Polemonium ‘Touch of Class’
  • Polygonatum variegatum
  • Sage ‘La Crema’
  • Salvia argentea
  • Scaevola ‘Whirlwind White’
  • Sedum ‘Cape Blanco’
  • Sedum kamtschaticum ‘Variegatum’
  • Sedum lineare ‘Variegatum’
  • Variegated St. Augustine's Grass
  • Thymus ‘Silver Edge’
  • Tiarella ‘Brandywine’
  • Tiarella ‘Running Tapestry’
  • Verbena ‘Tuscany White’
  • Verbena ‘Silver’
  • Verbena ‘White’
  • Verbena ‘Espadrille White Russian’
  • Vinca ‘Polka Dot’
  • Vinca ‘White’
  • Vinca ‘White with Eye’
  • Vinca ‘Mediterranean White XP’
  • Vinca ‘Vine Wojo Gem’
  • Zinnia ‘Profusion White’ 

We also offer a number of plants with very pale blushes of yellow, pink, orange and blue, if you prefer just a hint of color in the petals or the foliage.

For plant material along specific theme or design visions, please give us a call. We would love to talk with you.

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