Put the spotlight on green and white to add subdued pops of color and beauty to your garden.
Take a close look at the range of greens in the plant world and you may be surprised. Try hostas, for example -- this single species provides a wealth of shades of basic green, from key lime to emerald. Pair with pure white star-of-Bethlehem for a stunning shade combo.
In more monotone garden compositions, flowers of varying sizes and shapes pump up the visual interest. Here, a swirl of white and green comes courtesy of an easygoing mix of spring's best flowers, including parrot tulips, ivory bells, and 'White Splendor' anemone.
Rarely will you find a single plant that can supply two desired hues as well as awe-inspiring texture. But in the case of exotic-looking Japanese forest grass, the finely striped foliage does just that. Planted in large swaths, it makes a significant impact in a duo-tone garden.
The chartreuse tints in this plant collection provide a bright pop to the container garden. To animate a similar mix, choose plants that supply diversity in silhouette, such as silver lace fern, snapdragon, caladium, and impatiens.
What comes first: the plant or the hardscape? In this garden, it hardly matters -- both complement each other to create a formal vignette. That's a good lesson in creating a winning color combination: Use furniture, containers, and accents to complement the flowers, including white agapanthus in the planter, lady's mantle in front, and baby's tears in the container atop the trickling fountain.
A casual combination of cottage-style flowers allows foliage and delicate blooms -- including white salvia, foxglove, cosmos, and green flowering kale -- to take center stage. A small rust metal trellis adds height and structure to the low-growing, mostly horizontal vegetation.
One of the best ways to boost the soothing garden combo of green and white is to rely on foliage. It often offers as much visual variety with speckles, spots, and stripes as flowers do. And a carefully curated collection also provides texture through different kinds of leaves. Here, a white rain lily supplies a subtle bloom, while a polka-dot plant and fern spice up the plant mix.