IN THE WHITE GARDEN
There’s nothing more magical than a garden filled only with white flowers – ivory irises, pearly puffs of white lilacs and star-shaped jasmine, whose scent is insurpassable. Take inspiration for your flower bed, trough or window box from The White Garden at Sissinghurst (above): the venerated 20th-century plantswoman Vita Sackville-west’s design prioritised the plants’ silhouettes. At night, it glows. A white garden does require forward planning: to enjoy a white plot next summer, install the following favourites this autumn… Allium bulbs The ‘Mont Blanc’ version of these puffballs of petals pack a pearly punch. Summer jasmine Plant a small common white jasmine tree by a sheltered, sunny wall or trellis. Lily bulbs Tie the stems of the surprisingly hardy white trumpet lily (try Lilium Candidum) to bamboo cane stakes when they emerge in June to support the burgeoning bloom on the top. White lilac Frothy clusters of the flowers on the lilac tree are back in vogue – the ‘Madame Lemoine’ variety is particularly splendid.
White Agapanthus bulbs
Position ‘ White Haven’ agapanthus in well-drained pots by your front door and their dense orbs of petals will rise up to a metre to greet you come June (rhsplants.co.uk).