The centre-piece of the White Garden consists of two identical beds shaped to echo the simple classical design of the Lily Pond that is situated in front of the hall. These beds contain a variety of white-flowering plants chosen to deliver a harmonious and contrasting range of height, flowering times, scent, foliage and texture.
From Spring through to Autumn these beds contain a mixture of herbaceous perennials, bulbs, annuals and the singular delicately-flowered shrub Fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’ to ensure the White Garden is always full of interest for visitors.
Plants appearing in the centre beds include the elegant Tulipa ‘Triumphator’ a range of Sanguisorba’s (S. tenuifolia’s, ‘Ivory Towers’ and Burr Blanc’), Maiananthemum racemosum, the stately Allium ‘Everest’, Ranunculus aconitifolius ‘Flore Pleno’ and the surprisingly grand and seemingly well-kept secret Galtonia canadensis which resembles a multi-flowered snowdrop on steroids!
The raised beds running parallel to the centre beds contain a range of white-flowering shrubs such as the wonderfully scented Philadephus ‘Belle Etoile’ (Mock Orange), along with Spirea and Exochorda, and also includes the impressive and rare Viburnum macrocephaelum. This is a plant whose large globular blooms (initially a bright acidic green before turning white), often confuse people into thinking we have a very early flowering variety of Hydrangea. Unusual herbaceous perennials include Anthericum racemosum (St. Bernard’s Lily) and Laserpitium siler.
The use of silver and glaucous foliage plants is particularly important in this monochrome garden as they offer a relief to the broad spectrum of the dominant greens. Both Artemisia ‘Valerie Finnis’ and A. ludoviciana ‘Silver Queen’, the rock rose Helianthemum ‘The Bride’ and Lysimachia ephemerum work to good effect in this respect.