The small green and white manicured garden is where form and precision is all important to the gardener and only well behaved plants are allowed. Repetition by using bulk plantings of the same plants is key to maintaining a contemporary vibe. The Betula are chosen for their white trunks and are best planted in a close group to take advantage of the multiple stems. The pretty white flowering Cornus are a must in any green and white scheme - planted and repeated at the back of borders where their branching patterns and flowers can be best viewed. Buxus balls, mirroring the potted buxus balls along with the Viburnum Davidii, provide permanent structure to the garden interspersed with bold plantings of reliable perennials. The grassy Lomandra gives a different texture where needed against the rounded form of the evergreen shrubs. Hydrangea Bridal Bouquet planted en mass will lighten up shady areas beneath trees. Buxus hedging can be used to border garden beds to hold the garden shape during winter months - it can even be used between steps, accentuating the linear profile of the contemporary formal garden. The ground cover Pratia is perfect where a neat infill between paving is required. This garden is for the perfectionist and requires regular but straightforward maintenance to keep it looking sharp.
Plants and Plant spacings:
Hosta Purple Heart 60 cm
Agapanthus Seafoam 60 cm
Liriope Monroe's White 50 cm
Helleborus White Magic 50 cm
Lomandra Lime Tuff 60 cm
Ligularia Reniformis 70 cm
Viburnum Davidii 1m - 1.5m
Hydrangea Bridal Bouquet 1.2m
Pratia White Star 50 cm
Buxus Balls 1m
Cornus Eddies White Wonder 3m
Betula Jacquemontii 1.5 - 2m
Flower Colours: White
Uses:This is a small green and white manicured garden where form and precision is all important to the gardener and only well behaved plants are allowed.
A semi-dwarf form of Agapanthus that has quite broad strap-like foliage in fresh green. In summer pretty stems of pure white flowers sit above the leaves. Looks best when planted in large drifts. Tolerant of sun or semi-shade and just about any soil. Copes with coastal conditions. Perennial.
This hardy plant produces spikes of white flowers in late summer and autumn, followed by the black berries above grassy green foliage. Both drought and shade tolerant, this versatile plant can grow in full sun or moist sites just as easily. Use in mass as an under-story planting to specimen trees or shrubs, as a border planting, or for edging. Large areas covered with this plant lend a soothing effect to any landscape. Gets to a mature height of 30cms and a width of 40cms
Viburnum Davidii is a hardy evergreen that has white flowers with dark blue centers, healthy green leaves and compact form make it look fantastic mass planted. Very low maintenace and is suited to just about any soil condition. Height 1.5m Width 1.5m
Masses of large white flowers cover this tree in spring. The lush green foliage turns to red with hues of pink in autumn. Position in a sunny spot in moist well drained soil. Use as a specimen, as a backdrop or plant in groups. Hardy. Deciduous. 4m x3m.
Helleborus Jacob boasts large single crisp white fragrant flowers with yellow centres that attract your eye from winter and into spring.
A magnificent filler plant for in amongst the garden or in a shaded area next to the house. Jacob is one of the earlier flowering Helleborus, with flowers appearing in June.
This plant is one of my all time favourites for getting some colour into the garden over winter. I love them planted out in mass in amongst a dark corner of the garden.
A compact clump forming perennial with large dark green leathery leaves. Semi evergreen. Plant in semi - full shade in a moist free draining soil. The flowers can be used in floral arrangements. Hardy. 20cm x 30cm
A slow-growing compact form of Buxus with a naturally rounded shape. Great for topiary. Easy to grow in sun or part shade. Greater resistance to Buxus blight. Evergreen Hardy.