Room for a White Garden?

While writing a previous post I stumbled on this blog created by eight employees of the Sissinghurst Castle Gardens in Kent England, part of the UK National Trust, which has been protecting historic green spaces since 1864.

Yucca Bloom

Yucca bloom in my garden

The gardens contain Vita Sackville-West’s famous white garden.

The Sissinghurst gardners wrote that  “…the concept of an actual white garden, or Vita’s ‘Grey garden’ was not properly conceived until 1939. This is when Vita imagines a garden full of white, silver and green plants…”

Their post got me thinking about what was blooming white in my own garden.




White hydrangea

Hydrangea serrata 'Shiro Fuji'

Hydrangea serrata ‘Shiro Fuji’

Primula seiboldii

Primula seiboldii

Clematis 'Huldine'

Clematis ‘Huldine’

2 thoughts on “Room for a White Garden?

  1. I agree. Woodland and shade gardens are the perfect place for the serenity of white and green. I’ve been looking at Ken Druse’s book the Natural Shade Garden, it’s old, from 1992, but really is an inspiration. At the back of the book he organizes herbaceous perennials by color and the White section has about 50.

    Somehow I inherited a second copy of the hardback of Ken’s book and would like to give it away to an appreciative gardener too. Your Review and Giveaway post on David Culp’s book The Layered Garden was such a great idea.

    Hope you enjoyed all the gardens in Portland. I’m looking forward to seeing pix of some of the private gardens. Portland’s public gardens are all wonderful. Sadly, The Berry Botanic Garden, which had a ton of alpine plants closed a few years ago. The foundation that sponsored the garden threw in the towel for financial reasons.

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