We're loving white28 January 2020 Linda Ross
We’re loving these!
Lots of all-white in the garden this summer
Petrea volubilis, commonly called sandpaper vine for its rough leaves, is best known as a lovely blue-flowered climber. ‘Snow Stars’ is the rare white form. Prune it to a dome or train it up a trellis, in which case it will cover 3 metres x 2 metres. Easily easily grown in most soil types. Grown by Proven Winners, sold by Planters Patch, available Collectors’ Plant Fair.
Frangipanis that are evergreen, rust-free and semi-dwarf - meet the new hybrid, Plumeria puditusa, (Plumeria obtusa X Plumeria pudica). ‘Sacred Love’ is the latest available, a beautiful 2m x 2m shrub for full sun, with fragrant, pure white flowers held in soccer-ball size bunches. Very cold tolerant. Exclusive to Sacred Garden Frangipanis available via mail-order.
Fatsia ‘Spider Web’
Fatsia ‘Spider Web’ is a rare evergreen with white splashing and dotting on broad, palmate leaves. The variegation changes with the seasons and as the plant ages. Named by Mr. Hirose of Iwakuni, Japan; seen for sale recently at Honeysuckle Nurseries.
Of all the annual plants you can grow in your cutting garden, none are more productive per square foot than cosmos. The more you cut, the more they bloom. If you want a pure white, single-flowered variety, look no further than ‘Purity’. Available as seed from Mr Fothergills.
‘Rhapsody’ is a crystal-white daffodil, which grows on short stems to 30cm. Grow in a sunny spot in the garden and allow to naturalise or enjoy as mid-winter colour in a pot.Limited supply available from mid-February from Red Earth Bulbs.
Peperomias are a groundcover in tropical forests and love indirect light, warmth and high humidity - perfect bathroom plants. We found this ‘Watermelon’ peperomia at Collectors’ last year. Allow peperomia to dry out fully before watering. Place pots on a tray of pebbles to increase humidity and keep clear of cold windows or draughts in winter.
A native that’s as happy in cottage gardens, containers or hanging baskets as bush gardens (where it looks fab with flannel flowers and native daisies) this low-growing, long-flowering plant is best in full sun. Trim to shape whenever required and feed with slow-release native fertiliser.