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White and green bed design

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 17:54

continuing with the blue / grey foliage theme...what do you think about a standard olive at the other end? I've read they are hardy, full sun should be good too, but a bit exposed to wind maybe? Other ideas were standard lavender, but these don't seem to be very high, or a tall thin (Tuscan?) conifer?

White and green bed design

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 17:33

I like them with the blue planter.

White and green bed design

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 17:22

You're welcome to ride along with me montyfangirl!  Sorry it's turned a bit White and grey with bits of green and blue, probably be throwing some orange and pink (yuk) in there soon if I don't behave myself.

Pictures of fairs gatdren, yes please, it's perfect! 

White and green bed design

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 16:45

ok, the colour scheme may have changed a bit, I've been shopping. 

Dafodils, bought yesterday, left at mums. Alliums today - nigrum, Mount Everest, nectarscordum (looked nice!).

Also got blue grass and a blue ball conifer junipers thingy. So it's a start. Oh, not all blue also a bright green here prostrate! It's turning into a rockery! 

OH also brought washing in from the rain, result!

White and green bed design

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 13:11

WILLBD, exactly my problem! In my heart I just know this simple contempory bed will be full on cottage!

FG  - lovely phlox, but you're right, one step at a time.

whitw guarantee, Liatris and phlox were originally bought for this bed but I decided it would be too fussy so they are now opposite with the lilacs.

Topiary and box certainly considered.

Ive just seen a sea holly that needs a new place and would love to use that, but it's so slow to get going!

So a short list -

bulbs - White daffodils, alliums and other as they take my fancy.

summer - salvia hot lips, lily Madonna, sea holly, loveinamis, cornflowers, possibly  knifophia.

evergreen - fern, box, have also got Tom Thumb,

shape and form - as evergreen?

White and green bed design

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 12:02

Thanks Wildb, a good point about knifophia, would it be ok surrounded by the evergreen sun ok fern (polydon may be it's name)?. I think I have a white geranium, it's small and doesn't do well. Alchemical is way too invasive for me, hate the stuff! but thanks anyway x. Salvias definately , I keep coming back to my all time favour 'hot lips' I know it's not in the colour sheme but I just love it and it keeps quite a tidy shape, flowers forever. Annuals are worth their salt but I'm like you and forget their value.

Fairygirl, I'll be back in a bit.

White and green bed design

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 11:29

Thanks fairygirl, I love the way you put your garden together. I lke the idea of knifophia, alliums, primulas, lily Madonna, polythingy fern, but now need leaf shape and height as you say to bring it together.

harts tongue scorches in my garden, and acidanthera turned an ugly purple after the first year! Would the prostrate phlox be a good ground cover?

The bed, you may remember was originally the feather bed or grass bed, I still have hodeum jubatum which I'd like to use, but generally found I had to dig the whole stupa out as I couldn't do the 'combing' successfully!

White and green bed design

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 10:16

Thanks raisingirl. I think the knifophia will be quite good, I've just had a look and have seen Percy's Pride on crocus which looks nice and definately in keeping with the theme.

White and green bed design

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 09:16

White and green bed design

Posted: 17/09/2017 at 09:12

hi, I've cleared a bed and  not sure how to get the look I want. My natural inclination is towards cottage style gardens, lots of fuss, lots of flowers. This theme needs to be a little more contemporary and hopefully I can pull of a minimal style to go with the new weaved willows, black decking and outdoor furniture. photos to follow.

Clay based soil but not too heavy, full sun. 16' x 4'.

Existing plants on the arch - white jasmine, honeysuckle, and pale pink rose on the other side of the path (may move this as not keen on the colour with this scheme).

So far, spring is as far as I've got. white daffodils to fill the area, probably with other white bulbs to prolong interest. I want to keep to a mainly white theme with lush green foliage with dots of blue by keeping the existing blue love in a mist under the arch, perhaps with blue cornflower to tie it together. 

I need ideas for 'form' and shape please.

I think three plants, either side of the arch and in the middle alongside the arch.

Ferns would be a  look I'm after but the site is too sunny, and I'd prefer something to see in the winter. Something neat and tidy. Any ideas please for similar but workable plants??

A standard or tallish plant in the spot furthest from the decking would be in keeping, so any suggestions??

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