If “Mary, Mary” was quite contrary, then her garden must have been full of contrast: blue paired with orange, red with green, yellow with purple. And perhaps that other Mary liked her blooms the way she liked her lambs: as white as snow. Poppins probably planted browns and yellows, colours symbolizing stability and cheer. And Bloody Mary? Well, she must have just loved red. But how does your garden grow?
We’re putting our shoulder to the proverbial colour wheel to understand each shade’s meaning and discover tales we can spin about ourselves from the hues we choose.
Whiter shade of pale
And so it was. A clean slate, a fresh start, a new beginning, white always
seems to wash it all away. The absolute absence of colour, white paints a serene, peaceful picture—it’s a symbol of surrender, after all. Bring that harmony home (through horticulture) with a full spectrum of white-flowering plants. Use them to brighten shady areas of the landscape, to provide a neutral backdrop for a colourful display, or group all your white flowers en masse to create an evening garden—a luminescent moonlit white garden that really shines at night.
Whites to want
* White-flowered favourites
* The five best fragrant, white-blooming shrubs
* ‘Black Negligee’ cimicifuga (Actaea simplex [Atropurpurea Group] ‘Black Negligee’)
* Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)
* Madonna lily (Lilium candidum)
* ‘David’ garden phlox (Phlox paniculata ‘David’)
* ‘Honorine Jobert’ Japanese anemone (Anemone ×hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’)