If you’ve taken a moonlight stroll in your garden, you may have noticed how boldly the color white stands out. It captures the light beautifully, and provide a loving air to the garden. Shady areas which feel dull or dark can be cheered considerably with a few white furnishings.
The color white can also help pull together disparate elements of the garden الی ماما. Do you have a bed with many colors and themes, that feels dotted or disorganized? Adding a few bold white bloomers can give your eyes something to rest on, and bring harmony to your plantings.
Here are a few of definitely the whites:
Stewartia rostrata is a gorgeous Camellia relative to 20′ in time, growing as a wide, multi-stemmed tree. Their crisp white flower arrangements with yellow centers express prettily against the rich green leaves in June-July, then in fall they turn a brilliant series of reds, yellows, and purple as they go dormant.
Plant it in full sun or part shade, with soaked, slightly acidic soil. Stewartia makes a great companion to Rhododendrons!
Styrax japonica or Japanese people Snowbell is another of definitely the woods. Walking under a Snowbell Tree in prosper is a magical experience. The white bell-shaped flowers cover the organizations, and you can look up and see the limited yellow centers on each of the hanging flower arrangements. It can get to 30′ in time, and is a well-behaved garden plant, needing little pruning to develop an excellent form.
Rhododendron ‘Mi Amor’ is one of the finest moon gardening plants out there. Not only does it have gorgeously large white trusses of flower arrangements, but the scented is magnificent! It’s not just a one-season wonder either; the rich green plant life has great texture, and the swelling flowerbuds, which look like slender artichokes, provide months of interest before the flower arrangements happen!
‘Dora Amateus’ is another favorite, with masses of white blossoms covering the plant in April and may. This is one of the toughest Rhodies out there, taking seacoast wind and other adverse conditions without a hint of stress. It’s small enough to tuck in anywhere, reaching only 2-3′, and the deep green plant life looks great with other plants.
Hydrangea petiolaris, the Climbing Hydrangea, is one of the few vines you can grow without a trellis — it will cling on its own to your wall or containment system. The heart-shaped leaves alone would make it worth growing, but it flower arrangements profusely through the summer and early fall — flashy white lacecap flowers which are held above the plant life.
Or, if you prefer a shrub, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Madame Emile Mouilliere’ is a real show-stopper. This old-fashioned variety has been in for a little bit, and it’s easy to see why — the flower arrangements are ginormous, and they cover the plant from August to December, with little blue or pink speckles appearing on the blossoms as they age.
Hydrangeas, both shrubs and climbing, do best with regular water and a good layer of mulch over the soil, and will take sun or bright shade with equal happiness.
White plant life can be every bit as striking as white flowers, and often provides for a longer season of interest.
Tsuga canadensis ‘Gentsch White’ or Gentsch White Canadian Hemlock is a feathery weeper with white new growth. This is a fantastic shrub for year-round interest, and looks great partially shade. Settle it in next to a craggy rock to bring a timeless look to your garden.
Acorus gramineus ‘Variegatus’ or Variegated Sweet Flag Yard makes a cheery evergreen accent in sun or shade. This yard is a piece of cake to grow, requiring no maintenance beyond a bit of summer water, and it’s one of the few plants that truly thrives in boggy or heavy soils.
Now that you’ve seen some of my favorites, why not perk up a shady corner of your garden with a splash of water of white variegation, or bring the easy elegance of white blossoms to your beds? As you check on your moonlit garden, you’ll see them great brightly in the night.