Get Bright with White!
Gardens are typically packed with color, but get this, you can fill a garden with a whole lot of drama by using plants of one color. Plant an all white moon garden! White, light grey and light yellows reflect light so well that they illuminate the garden at night. A grey and white garden still has texture because you can get variation from the plant size, foliage and flowers. At night the white flowers and foliage reflect any moonlight.
Hooray for Grey!
Did you know that most grey or grey-green plants are drought tolerant? Most are also unattractive to deer? Grey plants are the ones to look for at the nursery for easy care gardens. Imagine an all grey and white garden in the evening. Grey can add beautiful contrast, also, to green and yellow green pines and oaks so common in our gardens. Try planting a low ground cover like Wooly thyme or Helichrysum at the foot of a white rose or other tall white flowering plants like lilac.
Grey or White as an Accent
Plant color combinations can be jazzed up with a blast of grey like a garden favorite Artemisia ‘Powis Castle.’ Try it with emerald green santolina and dark green rosemary for an area that needs no flowers to get its color. ‘Iceberg’ climbing roses or Potato vine have glowing white flowers in moonlight.
Plant by the moon:
- New Moon – 1st Quarter Plant leafy vegetables
- 2nd Quarter – Full Moon Plant fruits that bear internal seed
- Full Moon – 3rd Quarter Plant root vegetables
- 4th Quarter – New Moon Plants are least active…mow lawns
An all white or grey garden can give you a calm, peaceful feeling and be a relief from a riot of color elsewhere. Some people call a white garden a Moon Garden, but what is fantastic is that at night or in a shady area, the white and grey really comes to life!