Garden Whites Inspiration

I am having a little obsession with garden whites right now. I have recently discovered a ocupel of plants as well as some bird lovers accessories that I am eager to find a place for – either in my own garden or someone elses.

I am a sucker for a beautiful leaf, and Allium karataviense ‘Ivory Queen’ aims to please don’t you think.
allium karataviense ivory queen
image from plantsgallery.

Nancy at Gardening Gone Wild has this allium planted in her garden and shares a great picture on her site where she has it paired with white-flowered dwarf fan columbine (Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila f. alba) , ‘Spotty’ dianthus, ‘Brookside’ geranium, ‘Marcus’ salvia, ‘Cramer’s Plum’ love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena), ‘Walker’s Low’ catmint (Nepeta), ‘Caradonna’ salvia, and Rozanne geranium.  I love it,  but am thinking of a display that is more modern and probably contrived to really highlight these plants.

I am similarly obsessed with the ghostly qualities of Hosta ‘White Feathers’. White foliage is just so unnatural but eye catching, I can’t help but obsess.   I think the only place I could do this is in the some good shade and paired with something to really make it stand out, like maybe Ophiopogon planiscapus (Black Mondo Grass) and something silver like Dusty miller or perhaps more appropriately for the shade Japanese painted fern.


Image from J. Parker.

I am not interested in creating a white garden in the spirit of sissinghurst, but rather something completely modern that uses white for drama in a clean green space. This bird bath, bird house, and bird feeder would fit perfectly. I am not sure that the bath is substantial enough on its own but, I think maybe by doing 3 at different heights it could really be a stunning focal point.

modern white garden inspiration

Images from (from top right)

Allium  image from plantsgallery. Bird Bath and Birdhouse both from Bobby Berk Home. Bird feeder from binome jardin. Dusty Miller Image by LelisA. Hosta White Feather from Dutch Bulbs. Japanese Fern image by mistymisschristie. Ophiopogon image by Ge®t®ude

r-greayer_55a-short-253x253Rochelle Greayer is a writer, landscape designer, farmers market manageress, former physicist rocket scientist & founder and editor of PITH +VIGOR. Author of Cultivating Garden Style : Inspired Ideas and Practical Advice to Unleash Your Garden Personality (her first solo book) she also writes for Apartment Therapy and hosts garden related and floral workshops in her barn in Harvard, MA.  Want to know more?
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4 Responses to Garden Whites Inspiration

  1. I first saw “White Queen” Allium karataviense in Kim from A Study In Contrasts’ garden. She paired it with wooly thyme and “Firecracker” penstemon, and I fell in love with it then. However, we have such wet freeze-thaw winters in clay soil, that the only alliums I still take a chance on are drumstick alliums. Maybe I should aim for a white-themed gravel garden some day!

  2. I was also captivated by “White Feathers”, until I read that it only stays white briefly and with adequate shade when it first leafs out, then reverts to green. I haven’t tried it myself.

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