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Green & White Plant Combinations

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In honor of Saint Patrick's Day I thought it would be fun to share a few green and white plant combinations. Green and white gardens are my favorite because they don't detract from the architectural details of the home.  You can paint your front door any color you want and not worry that it will clash with colorful flowering plants.  These plants require partial-full sun and are suitable for zone 7, but you can check them all out here to see if they will work in your area.  My formula for the green 7 white is simple.  I choose an evergreen, add one white flowering plant, and one variegated or textural plant.  This seems to work every time!  Here are a few picks, but have fun with it and see what you come up with.




All of these beauties are available through Monrovia.  Look for them in your local garden center or Lowes or buy them online right here.  Last week I planted our lettuce garden and a few blueberry bushes.  I love this time of year when everything starts to come back to life and nothing makes me happier than seeing those little seeds sprout and buds form.  Well, blooming peonies make me pretty darn happy too!  Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

This post was sponsored by Monrovia, a brand that I look for when shopping for plants. Thank you for supporting brands that support this blog.  

10 comments:

  1. I am planning for our zone-6 backyard garden this year and you've gotten me so excited, Rene. Which boxwood variety have you used in your garden? I am curious because I'd love to incorporate some around our home!

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    1. Hi Ashley! We have dwarf English boxwood bordering our perennial garden and also in pots. Love them! We also have green gem planted around our deck - slightly larger, but same round habit. Lastly, we have boxwoods that were planted long before we moved into our house 20 years ago that are really old (and amazing), but I'm not sure the variety. They have a tendency to get leaf minor from time to to time unlike some of the newer varieties.

      Hope this helps.

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    2. Hi Rene, thanks for this post! I wish I had your green thumb! So, perhaps you answered this question given Ashley's question, but is the dwarf English boxwood what you would recommend for planters/containers? You know those pics you always see on pinterest with the perfect upright rounded boxwood ball? Could I get that look with a dwarf English??

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    3. The dwarfs have a naturally round shape, but I do from time to time snip any strays. I have used those in containers and also a larger variety - Japanese boxwood. They will grow to be very large, but over a long period of time. This is what I have planted around our peony bed and I use shears on them a couple of times a year to maintain that nice round shape. I've found these to resist leaf minors better than some also. I hope this helps.

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  2. Love, love, love the green & white combo. I'm heading to the yard today to continue taking out old shrubs with the goal of replacing them with green & white (and a little black/super dark purple for drama!) Perfect combo ~ inside & out!!

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  3. love your formula... green and white is so classic.

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  4. Japanese forest grass has always been a favorite of mine. My brother and his wife have some along the walkway in their front yard and it looks so nice. And I love your new header (is it new or I have just not noticed it?)

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    1. Holly, I've been meaning to plant forest grass for several years now. It adds so much interest to a garden and I love the color. I received a blog makeover around the new year :)

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  5. Hi, I have just found your blog and am so glad I did. A new fan and follower! We live in SW France and spring is finally upon us in full force, everywhere gardens are bursting to life, new buds on everything. Reading this post has given me even more inspiration, the weather is beautiful and I cannot wait to get out in the garden. Thank you

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