Several years ago, inspired both by Martha as well as Vita Sackville-West, I embarked on creating a White Garden. To my surprise it's been easier than I expected to focus on one color and fill this small garden (probably the smallest of the gardens) with a variety of plants. Foliage is just as important as the flowers, maybe more so when dealing only in white, but it does create a rather magical place. The flowers are visible later in the day, and it makes a nice place to gaze upon in the twilight.
These were taken over a few weeks. The azalea is just now beginning to open, and the white allium are growing taller and taller stalks. The delphinium has been lost, but a peony planted last year is promising a nice showing. Of course I would like more ferns and hosta, and astilboids would do great here. Maybe a white clematis...
|Approaching from the North entrance to the garden. The grass path separates the White Garden from the larger Shade Garden. The anemones have spread nicely.|
|A tiny white columbine. I'll scrape away the mulch to make sure the seeds reach the soil.|
|Even past their prime, the 'Snowdrop' anemones are cheerful little flowers.|
|'Mount Hood' and 'Thalia' daffodils lead the springtime charge (after the snowdrops), but are followed closely by tulip 'Purissima'. I plant more and more white tulips every fall as they aren't reliable perennials.|
|One of my favorite flowers. The scent of lily-of-the-valley in the rain is even more heady than their already intoxicating scent.|
|A snowball of blooms on the viburnum.|
|The lilac didn't make a great showing this year. Only a few blooms. I think I should have done some pruning.|
|This!!! A mislabeled white rhododendron. Unless it fades to white he is getting moved. The tag is still on him! "Pure white blooms" ay, yi, yi.|
|I just can't resist them! They will soon go to seed, get cut back, and bloom again, with a little less vigor, in the Fall.|