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Green Garden

June 19, 2011

Green Garden

Yesterday I took this picture as I came through the garden gate just before heavy rain with the sky overcast. The rambling roses that line the walls and the shrub roses along the side beds have all finished flowering, as has much of the herbaceous, yet the garden in its greenness looks rather romantic. I have often thought that a solely green hued garden, with a limited palette of cream or green or white flowers emerging through green foliage, would be a lovely project. The limited colour range would work best in a city garden and in a relatively small and enclosed space where the different leaf shapes and textures could be better appreciated.  The subdued tones would be provided by flowering herbaceous plants,  shrubs, bulbs and climbers and below is a list of  just a handful of my favourite plants in this colour range.

Herbaceous perennials

Agapanthus ‘White Heaven’, Valerian alba, Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Nivea’, Geranium clarkei ‘Kashmir White’, Helleborus argutifolius, Epilobium angustifolium var. album, Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’, Stachys byzantina, Alchemilla mollis.

Shrubs

Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’, Choisya ternata,  Euphorbia characias subs. wulfennii, Pittosporum tobira, Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’.

Climbers

Solanum crispum ‘Alba’, Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’,  Clematis  armandii, Clematis montana f. grandiflora, Hydrangea anomal subsp. petiolaris. Rosa ‘Wedding Day’, Rosa Sander’s white’, Rosa Iceberg.

Bulbs

Lilium longiflorumIris ‘Florentina’, Tulipa ‘Spring Green’, Tulipa ‘White Parrot’ ,Tulipa ‘Purissima’, Narcissus ‘Actaea’, Narcissus ‘Thalia’, Allium ‘Ivory Cream’.

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