IN THE WHITE GAR­DEN

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Escape -

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).

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