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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.
Plenty of white-flowering plants provide dainty blooms, which make them ideal for delicate contrast in woodland or shade gardens. In spring, the ground under this tree gets a blanket of wild ginger and sweet woodruff.
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.
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.
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