White is the absence of color and in the garden it makes all the other colors sparkle. It lights up shady spots. It shines on a moonlit night. It is the fragrant Magnolia, Gardenia, and Jasmine. It is the spectacular Angel Trumpet. It is the demure Stephanotis. It makes the hottest summer day feel cool. Magnolia D.D. Blanchard with lemon scented blooms.
Confederate Jasmine tumbling over a pergola.
Crape Myrtle Natchez with it's long lasting honey-scented blooms.
Oak Leaf Hydrangea thriving under an oak tree.
The White Garden at Sissinghurst evolved over the twentieth century to become the epitome of the word. Begun in 1930 by Vita Sackville-West and inspired by Gertrude Jekyll, it was open to the public in 1938 but continued to develop until 1950. Sissinghurst is now a National Trust property and is the most visited garden in England. It has always included greys and silvers as well as white to accomplish it's cool look.
Arbor at Sissinghurst
The arbors were erected in 1970 to replace the original Almond trees where white roses climbed. The roses were so vigorous that they did the trees in. The Chinese jar in the middle was placed in 1937 after being brought back from Egypt. It's a seventeenth century cargo jar from a trading ship.
Now back to Florida...... here are pictures from the day lots of peacocks visited our backyard. They were having their own garden party.
A good shady spot.
Glory Bower blooming under a Live Oak tree. I love the name as much as the flowers.
This container changes every year because it starts with baby plants that outgrow it and have to be moved into the garden. This years crop-Angel Trumpet, Coral Bells, Knockout Rose and some other things.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Please be sure and give a little wave on the comments page. It's been lots of fun visiting all your gardens and seeing how creative you all are. Have a wonderful summer!