green + white in the garden

It’s that time of year again when I go overboard and load up on more perennials, annuals and basically anything that flowers to give my yard, porch and pots a spring pick-me-up!  While I always end up with a ton of color in my landscaping – knockout roses, lantana, daylilies, sweet potato vine, purple queen, and petunias among some of my favorites – every year I say I’m going to plant only white flowers to compliment all my evergreens and then every year, I run off to the nurseries and grab the first pops of color I see.  There’s just something so soft, elegant and dramatic about an all-white garden, though, don’t you think?  White hydrangeas and boxwoods are a personal favorite combination.   I even love the combination of all green evergreens, ornamental grasses and accent plants with bright white details like garden gates, decking and patio furniture (adirondack chairs, especially!).  Just so sophisticated and lovely.  And at night, it looks like the garden is glowing.  Here are a few images that always inspire me to give all-white a go in my gardens and landscaping:

Thomas Pheasant via Veranda


Deborah Cerbone

Thomas Pheasant via Veranda

Gil Schafer

Timothy Whealon via Elle Decor


Southern Living


Architectural Digest

Would you plant only white in your landscaping?


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  1. Kate on May 13, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Yes, I would! it is such a lovely look. I try to focus on lots of green texture, white blooms, with the occassional purple bloom too. My favorite white blooming perennial is astilbe (though it comes in many colors). If you have a shady spot, I recommend it!

  2. Kelly Stivers on May 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Kate – yes! My mom always had astilbe in her garden; it's so lovely when planted en masse!

  3. Jo Ann DiGiacinto on May 13, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    I love your inspiration pics! During the past three years, we have added to our garden. We just planted white peonies and we have white astilbe. We also planted stepables in snow in summer. I love the contrast of the boxwoods with the white hydrangeas. We are working on one side of our house this year and hope incorporate some of your inspiration looks. Thanks!

  4. Kelly Stivers on May 14, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Jo Anne, your yard sounds absolutely amazing! Peonies and astilbe…what a gorgeous combination 🙂

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