Whiter than white

A sea of white flowers is a beautiful sight, peaceful somehow. Keeping one colour – even though you will always have the green foliage to compliment it – is easy on the eye and white gives a particularly romantic touch to a garden, especially when in abundance. You can add some plants with silvery grey foliage or perhaps some ice blue tones without taking away from your theme. In larger gardens you will often find garden rooms entirely in white but you can achieve the same effect with a group of pots on a terrace or using just one flowerbed.

Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' next to wall in spring - © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos

Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’ next to wall in spring – © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos

Using white flowering shrubs or climbers around the boundaries you can create a wall of white to surround a lawn, terrace or decorate a walled garden. Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’ is a lovely choice, with big blousy flowers.

Betula utilis var. 'jacquemontii', Astrantia major 'White Giant', Tiarella cordifolia, Geranium phaeum 'Album', Dicentra spectabilis and Saxifraga umbrosa. The Cancer Research UK Garden, Gold Medal Winner RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010 - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Betula utilis var. ‘jacquemontii’, Astrantia major ‘White Giant’, Tiarella cordifolia, Geranium phaeum ‘Album’, Dicentra spectabilis and Saxifraga umbrosa. The Cancer Research UK Garden, Gold Medal Winner RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010 – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

If you already have a silver birch in your garden, consider underplanting it with white. This has a lovely ethereal woodland feel to it and perhaps choose shade loving plants right through from spring to autumn.

White garden with Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum', Hesperis matronalis alba, Allium multibulbosum syn. Allium nigrum, Lupinus, Philadelphus coronarius 'Variegatus', Olearia, Iberis - White Candytuft. Mathern House, Mathern, Monmouthshire, Wales. Early June. Garden opens for National Gardens Scheme - © Charles Hawes/GAP Photos

White garden with Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Brilliantissimum’, Hesperis matronalis alba, Allium multibulbosum syn. Allium nigrum, Lupinus, Philadelphus coronarius ‘Variegatus’, Olearia, Iberis – White Candytuft. Mathern House, Mathern, Monmouthshire, Wales. Early June. Garden opens for National Gardens Scheme – © Charles Hawes/GAP Photos

Consider painting a piece of furniture white too. It will continue the theme, give it an even more fresh, modern or romantic feel and give you somewhere to sit and enjoy all your hard work.

Buxus - Box parterre - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Buxus – Box parterre – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

White planting is a stalwart of the box parterre and for good reason. Fresh and stylish combinations look fantastic against the deep green of buxus or other evergreens and give a cloudy romance to the formal shapes.

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