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Moon Gardening – Crisp, Elegant White Flowers and Plants to Liven up Your Garden

If you’ve taken a moonlight stroll in your garden, you may have noticed how boldly the color white stands out. It catches the light beautifully, and gives a romantic air to the garden. Shady areas which feel dull or dark can be cheered considerably with a few white accents.

The color white can also help pull together disparate elements of the garden خرید زاموفیلیا. Do you have a bed with many colors and themes, that feels scattered or disorganized? Adding a few bold white bloomers can give your eyes something to rest on, and bring harmony to your plantings.

Here are a few of my favorite whites:

Stewartia rostrata is a gorgeous Camellia relative to 20′ in time, growing as a wide, multi-stemmed tree. Their crisp white blooms with yellow centers show off prettily against the rich green leaves in June-July, then in fall they turn a brilliant series of reds, yellows, and purple as they go dormant.

Plant it in full sun or part shade, with moist, slightly acidic soil. Stewartia makes a great companion to Rhododendrons!

Styrax japonica or Japanese Snowbell is another of my favorite trees. Walking under a Snowbell Tree in bloom is a magical experience. The white bell-shaped flowers cover the branches, and you can look up and see the little yellow centers on each of the hanging blooms. It can get to 30′ in time, and is a well-behaved garden plant, needing little pruning to develop a fine form.

Rhododendron ‘Mi Amor’ is one of the finest moon gardening plants out there. Not only does it have gorgeously large white trusses of blooms, but the fragrance is magnificent! It’s not just a one-season wonder either; the rich green foliage has great texture, and the swelling flowerbuds, which look like slender artichokes, provide months of interest before the blooms happen!

‘Dora Amateus’ is another favorite, with masses of white blossoms covering the plant in April and may. This is one of the toughest Rhodies out there, taking seacoast wind and other adverse conditions without a hint of stress. It’s small enough to tuck in anywhere, reaching only 2-3′, and the deep green foliage looks great with other plants.

Hydrangea petiolaris, the Climbing Hydrangea, is one of the few vines you can grow without a trellis – it will cling on its own to your wall or fence. The heart-shaped leaves alone would make it worth growing, but it blooms profusely through the summer and early fall – showy white lacecap flowers which are held above the foliage.

Or, if you prefer a shrub, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Madame Emile Mouilliere’ is a real show-stopper. This old-fashioned variety has been around for some time, and it’s easy to see why – the blooms are ginormous, and they cover the plant from July to November, with little blue or pink speckles appearing on the blossoms as they age.

Hydrangeas, both shrubs and climbing, do best with regular water and a good layer of mulch over the soil, and will take sun or bright shade with equal happiness.

White foliage can be every bit as striking as white flowers, and often provides a longer season of interest.

Tsuga canadensis ‘Gentsch White’ or Gentsch White Canadian Hemlock is a feathery weeper with bright white new growth. This is a fantastic shrub for year-round interest, and looks great in part shade. Settle it in next to a craggy rock to bring a timeless look to your garden.

Acorus gramineus ‘Variegatus’ or Variegated Sweet Flag Grass makes a cheery evergreen accent in sun or shade. This grass is super easy to grow, requiring no maintenance beyond a bit of summer water, and it’s one of the few plants that truly thrives in boggy or heavy soils.

Now that you’ve seen some of my favorites, why not perk up a shady corner of your garden with a splash of white variegation, or bring the simple elegance of white blossoms to your beds? As you look out on your moonlit garden, you’ll see them shining brightly in the night.

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