Nature abhors a monoculture, but not necessarily a monochrome culture. Against a leafy green backdrop, a single color stands out dramatically—particularly when that hue is white. Here are 15 of our favorite white-on-white plant palettes for a garden bed:
Above: The white garden at Aatt Sissinghurst Castle, where Vita Sackville-West created her breathtaking gardens in Kent, England. Photograph by Clare Coulson for Gardenista, from Sleeping at Sissinghurst: An Overnight Stay at England’s Most Famous Garden. Above: Garden designer Sheila Jack’s own garden in London features a white and green palette. Photograph by Britt Willoughby Dyer for Gardenista, from Designer Visit: Sheila Jack’s White Garden in West London. Above: See Sheila’s front garden with ‘Iceberg’ roses and a variegated holly in Landscaping: 9 Ideas for Curb Appeal in a City Garden. Photograph by Britt Willoughby Dyer for Gardenista. Above: This white and green garden by Sawyer | Berson includes hostas with variegated leaves, clipped boxwood shrubs, ivies, ferns, clematis vines, and annuals to add seasonal color. Photograph courtesy of Sawyer | Berson, from Landscape Architect Visit: “Sex and the City” Meets Edith Wharton in Manhattan. Above: A white garden, with perennial beds of lilies, catmint, irises, and phlox. Photography courtesy of Quincy Hammond Landscape Architect, from Grandeur in the Hamptons: A Sprawling Estate, Sunken Rose Garden Included. Above: Our own Michelle Slatalla transformed her garden on a tiny budget thanks to white roses. Photograph by Mimi Giboin for Gardenista, from Landscape on a Budget: The $250 Instant Rose Garden. Above: Photograph by Sara Barrett for Gardenista. Nicotiana and echinacea mix well in a border at White Flower Farm. See more of this garden in Spring Ahead: 10 Tips to Get Your Garden Ready.