CHERYL WHALEN, HEAD GARDENER AT WHITE FLOWER FARM, SUGGESTS THESE PLANTS FOR A MAGICAL SUMMER MOON GARDEN.
‘DAVID’ GARDEN PHLOX
(Phlox paniculata ‘David’) This pure white phlox’s fragrance intensifies in the evening. The bounteous clusters of blooms reach 40 inches. Plant them in the back third of the border. Zones 3–8
‘HAAS’ HALO’ HYDRANGEA
(Hydrangea arborescens ‘Haas’ Halo’) A variation of the native smooth hydrangea, ‘Haas’ Halo’ produces 14-inch lacecap blooms beloved by bees. Also consider Incrediball and ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas. Zones 3–9
(Liatris spicata) Gayfeather is a North American native that brings a vertical accent to a border and draws plenty of butterflies. Zones 3–8
‘ICE BALLET’ MILKWEED
(Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’) Milkweed provides essential nourishment for monarch butterflies through all stages of their lives—larvae through adult. Zones 3–9
(Leucanthemum x superbum) Butterflies love these nostalgic white daisies with cheery yellow centers. Try Daisy May for the front of a border or ‘Becky’ for the back. Embrace all shades of white, including blooms with gold centers. Zones 5–9
‘WHITE SWAN’ CONEFLOWER
(Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’) ‘White Swan’ coneflower delivers size and vigor as well as treasured seed heads for goldfinches. Zones 3–8
‘CASA BLANCA’ ORIENTAL LILY
(Lilium ‘Casa Blanca’) Add romance to the garden with these standout lilies. Their large flowers give off a sweet fragrance and are a favorite for weddings. Zones 5–8
‘FIREFLY DIAMOND’ YARROW
(Achillea ‘Firefly Diamond’) This yarrow stands out for its ivory color and summer-long blooms that require minimal deadheading. Zones 3–8
Consider annual silver-leaved plants with long-lasting foliage including Senecio candicans Angel Wings, left; Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’; and aromatic herbs such as Eucalyptus ‘Silver Drop’.
Annual flowers fill in between perennial blooms. Try Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Cupcakes White’, left; Angelonia ‘Archangel White’; flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata); and Cleome hassleriana ‘White Queen’.