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16 April 2015

The Little Whites

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It is said the greasy wheel gets the oil and likewise in the consumer plant world, I believe the color gets the dollar. Often when you go to the garden center, you are immediately drawn in by the largest, flashiest plants. You might even buy them regardless of how they fit into your color scheme. Perhaps stand-out plants like roses, peonies or hydrangeas take pride of place in your home garden, standing back to back to back like jilted princesses trying to draw the spotlight at the ball. Are you a seed junky, buying up those brilliant chartreuse, neon and stark white promises of bloom? Can you resist color?

Perhaps you are one of the cultured few that tends to lean in towards the muted whites, the desaturated yellows, the apricots, corals and other calmer cousins of ballsy orange. To you I say BRAVO, but don't pat yourself on the back too hard, for even these colors are easy to love.

Today, I want to focus on the plants that you wouldn't gravitate to in the garden center, on the seed pack rack or even in the garden. These are the shy ones. The Jennifer Hudson of American Idol days who unassumingly had more talent than the rest of the troupe combined. These plants are also the necessary ones. They are the plants that do not give up in the garden, they are the thread that holds those princesses together and they are the toothbrush you forgot on vacation. Humble, but necessary. I call them the little whites.

White in it's pure form is beautiful, but almost a color in its own right in terms of design. It certainly stands out and packs a punch. Lighter tones of "muddied" white and tiny flowers of various white shades all perform a more subdued role in the garden. Take this euphorbia:

Loreen Series Euphorbia, Selecta, Euphorbia hypericiflolia, Photos by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons
Loreen Series Euphorbia, Selecta, Euphorbia hypericiflolia
Soft and breezy, these tiny, white, feather-like flowers tickle and dance in the wind, making them the token "movement" plant for the garden. Contrary to their light look, they are actually an incredibly tough plant, a part of the succulent family. (Remember when I told you all about Donkey Spurge HERE on Houzz? Both plants are euphorbias.). Named the 'Loreen Series', the two euphorbias range in size, a larger version and a more compact. I like both.

Loreen Series Euphorbia, Selecta, Euphorbia hypericiflolia, Photos by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons
There is also a Glamour Euphorbia from seed, Euphorbia graminea.a
Moving on... This little plant was one of my absolute favorites of spring trials. Perky little daisy-like flowers perch on a bed of silver, ready to dance in a breeze or be snipped for miniature arrangements. It's name is Rhodanthemum Casablanca and really shines in early spring, but that bed of silver persists through the hottest months like a super star.


I do not often meet a hanging basket I do not like, but I do have a soft spot for unusual hanging plants. They are often quite close to eye level, so smaller, unassuming flowers do not get lost. The scents, delicate visual details and even overall form ca be seen up close and personal with a hanging planter and that is why I am a fan of these:

Bondi Scaevola, Bondi Blue and Bondi White available, BallFloraPlant, Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons
Bondi Scaevola, Bondi Blue and Bondi White available, BallFloraPlant
Hung in a row with stand out colors and shocking amounts of bloom, this little Bondi might not catch your eye at first.
 However, if you are creating a peaceful, calm space, a nice rounded form and pretty little flowers might be the perfect hanging plant for you.

Bondi Scaevola, Bondi Blue and Bondi White available, BallFloraPlant, Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

...and tomorrow we talk and THESE little whites...

White Cyclamen, Morel, Photo by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons
White Cyclamen, Morel
 ...with a side dish of French...
More to come...


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