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How to make a white garden with only white flowers?

A white garden symbolizes purity and romanticism. White color brings brightness to the space and makes it look bigger. However, creating a monochrome garden requires care and is based on a large number of criteria, including the choice of plants and the structure of the garden.

What type of garden to choose?

A white garden is created in several ways, ranging from the simplest to the most sophisticated:

  • Arrange white flower pots at the foot of a wall or pergola covered with a white climbing plant (climbing rose, clematis, jasmine, white wisteria or climbing hydrangea). This type of garden is ideal for a facade located to the north.
  • Embroider a simple square with boxwood or plessis, then embellish it with low, white and silver perennials, like agapanthus.
  • Plant white shrubs (lilac, syringe and white buddleia) in a space, and at their foot, green and silver perennials like sagebrush. Perennials and white annuals complete the package.
  • Blooming large puddles of tulips botanicals or white cyclamen associated with creeping ivy and the background of soft green ferns in a shaded spring garden.
  • Create a white rose garden with silvery plants and some white perennials.
  • Mix the white-green of the hydrangea of ​​Virginia Annabelle, the pure white of the dahlias and the white bark of the birch trees to have radiant beds. A mixture of campanulate agapanthus, sternutating achillea, branched phalanxes and “Jacqueline Maille” phlox is required to create a bushy bed at a height of 90 cm.
  • Increase the density of a flowerbed (flower bed, rockery, border) flowered in poor soil with a few campanulas carpatica alba, silver baskets and crawling baby’s breath. In case the ground is shady and humid, it is ideal to bloom botanical tulips in the heart of fresh ferns (stag’s tongues). It is also smart to sow meadow daisies in the grass to have a white touch even in the lawn.
  • Make a fully floral garden by associating compact and light blooms.
  • Flowering the banks of a pond or a garden pond with white arums with dark green foliage, star grasses (Dichromena colorata) and kaffir lilies (Schizostylis coccinea).

Define the color shades of the white garden

The achievement of a monochrome garden involves following certain rules, including the choice of white. Indeed, this color comes in different shades:

  • pure white;
  • white tending to green or pink;
  • White cream ;
  • ivory white;
  • etc.

These tones do not necessarily blend together. It is therefore important to choose the shade to highlight in the garden. The easiest way to do this is to use the pure white, then add touches of tinted white (roses, sage, etc.). However, you should be careful with some plants whose dominant color changes after the flowering period, such as the burning bush (Pyracantha coccinea).

As in the “White Garden” of Sissinghurst, it is possible to counterbalance white with green. The foliage is indeed the setting of a monochrome garden. It is therefore advisable to choose a plant as much for its decorative foliage as for its flowers. The ideal is to play with shades of green:

  • soft green;
  • anise green;
  • medium green;
  • flashy green ;
  • dark green ;
  • etc.

Minuteman hostas are preferred because of their sumptuous leaves embroidered in white.

Mix shapes and ports

The height of the plants, their shape and their form must be varied in order to compensate for the monochrome of the white garden. These plants make it possible to give relief to the space:

  • The rosebushes white flowering: April snow, Kate and William, iceberg, Winchester Cathedral, rosa multiflora nana, etc.
  • The shrubs white flowering: white lilac, syringe, Annabelle hydrangea, spirea, etc.
  • The tall perennials and the long erect ears : astilbes, foxgloves, Cape hyacinths, veronicastrum, etc.

The dimensions and shapes of these plants also influence the style of the garden.. It is thus essential to mix the erected ports and the round ports. In addition, the flowers in light spikes (baby’s breath, Lindheimer’s gaura) and cloudy blooms (asters, forget-me-nots) give a fairy-like appearance to the beds. Ground covers, for their part, embellish the borders of the white garden: silver cushion, silver basket, perennial geraniums and white ground cover roses.

It should be noted that a monochrome garden requires a regular maintenance (watering, pruning, weeding). Wilted flowers should also be cut before their color changes. Various accessories are also essential to polish this little corner of paradise: white lights, arbor, pergola, sheer curtains, garden furniture, etc.

The essential plants of a white garden

Certain plants are essential to compose a white garden:

  • The rambling roses cover an unsightly wall, an arbor or a pergola.
  • THE’Iberian Sempervirens Snowflake forms pretty borders and decorates the embankments as well as the rockeries. In spring, this perennial turns into a carpet of pristine white snow.
  • The tuberose is recommended for its fragrance, its fragrance and its long summer flowering.
  • The summer flowering bulbs bring a poetic note to the beds: gladioli, lilies, freesias, etc.

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