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"Midsummer" in the White Garden

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A couple of my friends asked to see this area as it progresses. It’s a difficult thing to photograph as white flowers are always so ‘glary’ on the camera. But today we had a good dark cloudy sky and a little sunshine and it looked like a good opportunity to have a go. So….welcome to the White Garden.

As you know if you follow me on here, I can’t stand a garden that disappears in winter (we have 8 months of it!), so my garden always features lots of mixed borders with evergreens, shrubs, perennials and a few annuals.

This means that the effect is quite often ‘messy’, especially just now, as the shrubs are all small and have not yet developed the structure that they will eventually provide for this area. The ‘levels’ will sort themselves out as time goes on and the look will be less messy.

I grew these lovely scented snapdragons from seed and they are magnificent! I’m ever so pleased with these. They have only really just started, so lots to look forward to.

This is Hedera helix ‘Erecta’ with Hosta ‘Praying Hands’. The Ivy needs no support and is great during the winter when it really makes a feature. Max. 1m. The Hosta is unusual don’t you think. The leaves stay ‘closed’ like this all season.

And this is another evergreen hero. A little Euonymus fortunei ‘Harlequin’ which keeps it’s white variegation all year around.

I have three good clumps of Shasta Daisies in this garden and the very fist of them are just coming out now. Here’s one with another annual that I grew from seed…Ammi Majus.

I have two pots with white Pelargonium on the deck and to the right of it you can just see the beginnings of my ‘Night Phlox’ Zaluzianskya I think it’s name is. It only opens its powerfully scented flowers at night. I was a bit late setting the seeds of this, but it’s coming out. I’ve also planted it along the driveway for the scent as we arrive home in the evenings later on in the season. It will be at its best in August and September. One of my favourite bedding plants.

For almost evergreen interest you can’t beat Heuchera. This one is ‘Malachite’ a huge deep green plant with very tall creamy white flower spikes. A real stunner. The first flush of flowers have been removed already.

Lamium maculatum ‘White Nancy’ is another evergreen and it’s a cracking edging plant. It has white flowers, the most in early summer and sporadically until the frosts.

Campanula cochlearfolia ‘White Baby’ with Heuchera ‘Thomas’. I have never seen a campanula so covered with flower. I have three of this one in there.

Thi is one of those shrubs I mentioned that needs some time to grow in stature. But the flowers…wow, pure white lace caps. Stunning!

I have also included a few ferns for winter interest. This one is Asplenium scolopendrium, the Hart’s Tongue Fern. Behind it is the fresh green foliage of hardy Fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’ which is just super during late summer and autumn with it’s elegant white flowers.

Well, that’s a bit more about the white garden. Hope you enjoyed your little mini tour! Thanks for coming along. There will be lots more to show you in a few weeks time.

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that tour was lovely, thank you. It will be great as it grows into itself, its great now but will be amazing when it grows up. Hope you are getting a bit better weather today, saw the floods on bbc. news it must have been awful.

17 Jul, 2015

 

Hi Steve. They were already laid when we came except for the ones i laid around the white garden, which was turf when we came. They are just sunk down into the soil and gravel. Easy peasy and very cottagey! I used some of the branches which I removed from the apple trees.

Thanks Mum. Yes, once the lilac tree and the Elders have grown it will be lovely and not so overcrowded. :)

17 Jul, 2015

 

Its coming down in bucketfuls again.....aaaaaargh!! Those poor golfers!

17 Jul, 2015

 

I just love white plants. You have some real beauties there Karen. I have just put in some white Snapgragons and Campanula. I like the Shasta Daisy.

17 Jul, 2015

 

Fabulous collection of white plants Karen. Thanks for showing us around and especially for naming the plants.

17 Jul, 2015

 

Thank you both!

17 Jul, 2015

 

Looks fabulous,Karen,and I love your layout and choice of plants..You have a great eye for design,and they all flows so well together..you should be proud,and I think you are :o) x

17 Jul, 2015

 

Thanks Bloomer. I might be proud in a couple of years! :)

17 Jul, 2015

 

I like the white garden.....have you ever seen the one at Sissinghurst Karen(I'm guessing not as a long way from you) it's spectacular.I'm glad you have Ammi Majus......a beautiful plant .

17 Jul, 2015

 

Yes Paul, too far. But have always admired that garden. The Ammi will be frothing through the whole white garden in a couple of weeks....unless the wind rips it out of the ground!

18 Jul, 2015

 

It looks lovely, Karen - very classy!

18 Jul, 2015

 

Thanks Melchi. :)

18 Jul, 2015

 

I did enjoy the tour and the view as well, thankyou Karen..

18 Jul, 2015

 

You are most welcome LL!

18 Jul, 2015

 

I was going to say Sissinghurst eat your heart out, but Paul got it in first! That little harts tongue with the frilly edges is gorgeous - never seen that variety before.

18 Jul, 2015

 

Stera...that is Asplenia scolopendrium Angustifolia to be precise. I hope you can find one, it's terrific isn't it. Thank you for your lovely comment. :)

18 Jul, 2015

 

That's a long name to be lumbered with! Harts tongues grow wild very prolifically round here so that one should do well.If you like cristate ones have a look at Drypoteris time king - I got it this summer.

19 Jul, 2015

 

Think i have that one already Stera....not sure. I'm not good at remembering fern names.

19 Jul, 2015

 

Hi Karen, Have been so busy....I thought my garden was a sensation, but when I saw this, I collapsed in utter despair... It's sooooo beautiful, I don't ever remember seeing such a feat. You just moved there. I love the globe conservatory. and of course the view. But you have managed to integrate your plants so the whole garden looks one piece, instead of, " think i will have this and that etc. It's just wonderful!

21 Jul, 2015

 

Oh dear....I never meant to have anyone despairing, my intention was only ever to share ideas and possible inspire! lol! Thank you so much Wells. I feel the same when I see the paintings of some of our members, including yours. The other day I picked up an old unused canvas and started doodling and pretty soon I was despairing! I've now reverted to painting the house name sign that lives on our gate posts! lol! But seriously, thank you so much for your generous comments! :) I had a good ten minutes with my coffee in the 'Pod' this morning. I love being out there, but the weather this year has been just dire. We had spring until the start of July, and since then we've had autumn. It's enough to make me weep. However, as a couple of my friends on here have reminded me...it will be such a blessing as all the new young plants are getting watered in by the rain and not being exhausted by any heat. So next year......:))

21 Jul, 2015

 

Ah yes - isn't it the promise of "next year" that keeps us going?

21 Jul, 2015

 

We have the summer for such a short time, there must be rewards for the fall besides cleaning up. Our summer has been very cool. That is nice for the plants and the watering, but some of our grandiose schemes have not worked. Next year...

22 Jul, 2015

 

Scott said yesterday thet the cooler summers are resulting in re-freezing of the Arctic ice...so there's our silver lining right there!

22 Jul, 2015

 

Well I hope Scotts right that would make the miserable weather worth it!
Your white garden is really filling out & looking a treat, do you allow spacings or move things as they grow?
Is that a brunnera I spotted in 10th pic.

23 Jul, 2015

 

I dont have Brunnera in there GF...cant think what you're seeing, sorry. I do move things around quite a bit, but i try to leave room and fill gaps with annuals wherever I can. I recently removed all the stocks, which have been ruined by the rain. I love it when you take annuals out and suddenly the whole thing looks brighter again.

23 Jul, 2015

 

Had another look & can see now it's the lamium White Nancy - didn't know it was evergreen tho. Very pretty in front of the snapdragons.

24 Jul, 2015

 

Thanks GF!

24 Jul, 2015

 

P.s. i would say semi-evergreen to be honest.

24 Jul, 2015

 

Hi Karen... this white garden is very pretty :o)

25 Jul, 2015

 

Thanks Terra. I must say, it is now the last week of July coming up, and the garden is finally....eventually....performing. Things like Daylilies have only just...literally...started to flower. It's been a horrible cold year. I hope we get a late summer now so I can enjoy it for a couple of months. I was out there this morning with my cuppa enjoying the colours and the buzzing...bliss! Then I did some weeding and dead-heading and now it's pouring with rain again. But at least there is no wind! That's been the worst of it. Gusty days that make it unpleasant to be outside. I'm off to Lincs. next week, and I hope I shall bring back some lovely warm sunshine when I come home! :) Thanks for looking in.

25 Jul, 2015

 

Karen... I hope you have the weather you need for your gardening... I've found the weather is so important with my recent filming ... doesn't work well on bright sunny days with deep shadows ... or on windy days ... or cold days ... or wet days ! That doesn't leave very many days which just nicely warm with not much breeze and light cloud ! ha ha

25 Jul, 2015

 

So true Terra...as I've learned with my camera! :)

25 Jul, 2015

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