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|
|There is also a Glamour Euphorbia from seed, Euphorbia graminea.a|
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|
|White Cyclamen, Morel|