This design plan is excellent for beginner gardeners, and those who love a garden filled with plants, focusing on one main favorite color.

A beautiful combination of whites for a pure and restful atmosphere. Single color gardens aren't boring - there are so many varieties of white flowering plants, and plants with white variegations of foliage, your garden can be serene and romantic. To see a design for Moonlight Gardens, featuring fragrant whites and pale colors, visit this page.  You can plant some white blooms that release sweet fragrances after dusk. Plant some night-scented plants around a terrace or patio, near a seating area, near an open window, or along a path.

Planting Key and Plants
- Includes my personal favorite alternatives

Perennial choices are best for any garden, especially for busy gardeners and beginners.

A. White Hollyhock
Perennial. White, double blooms in mid to late summer
5 to 7 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide 
Cold-hardy in USDA zones 2 to 10
Number to plant - 6

B. White Dahlia
- Not hardy. Bulbs must be lifted before frost
Number to plant - 4

My choice as an alternative plant 
White Casa Blanca Lilies
2-3 ft.
Number to Plant - 6

C. Tuberose
Clear white flowers in summer
Needs a long growing season and heat
Size 24 to 36 in. tall
Hardiness Cold-hardy in USDA zones 7 to 10
Plant 40

My choice as an alternative plant:
Perennial White Gladiola
Plant 40 close together.
Stake when needed. Pretty and more stable if planted in tall pots.

D. Night Phlox
Maroon buds that open to small white flowers in the evening in summer
Plant 14

My alternative
Evening Primrose
White or pale pink
Winter hardy, spreading perennial grows 10-24 inches tall. 
These plants spread a little, so plant about 10 instead of the 14 recommended for phlox. They're not invasive, but if it spreads beyond your plan, transplant some into pretty pots and disperse around the landscape and on the patio. Very pretty and fragrant. Best plan is to grow these in pots to begin with.
Plant 10

E. Bunny’s tail grass (Lagurus ovatus)

Small, white fuzzy plumes in the summer and fall 
Size 12 to 24 in. tall, 12 to 18 in. wide
Plant 10

My alternative
Any perennial dwarf ornamental grass  - with white or pale pink plumes, that matures under 24 inches tall and 20 inches wide. 
Plant 10

F. Oriental lily ‘Casa Blanca’
3-4 ft. tall
This plant is just perfect in a white garden. Their fragrance is stronger at night. If you planted them instead of the tuberoses, as mentioned above, and wish to plant a different white type, try white Madonna Lilies. 
Both are stunning in a group, with fragrant and long-lasting blooms. 
2 plantings of Casa Blanca is beautiful, too. Both lilies are gorgeous and fragrant in a vase. You can grow both types in one spot on the plan, just plant half and half.
Plant 12

G. Deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara ‘Feelin’ Blue’) Shrub
Size 4 to 5 ft. tall, 6 to 10 ft. wide 
The deodar cedar grows slowly, and more out than up.  If you prefer more height, your nursery may sell this shrub as an already-trained patio tree, or they may carry similar dwarf cedars with the silvery-blue foliage. Place the tree in a pretty pot. This would be a lovely focal point or accent in this white garden.
Silver-blue foliage year-round.
Cold-hardy in USDA zones 6 to 9
Number to plant - 1

More to consider.....
Plant clusters of Lily of The Valley bulbs for an incredible scent day or night. They're small plants, so they can fit in anywhere. If you don't have room in the garden, they love being potted - so spread the springtime love.

White annuals along with these perennials - in gaps around plants, in pots as accents around the perimeter and middle, or under the cedar shrub. Potted white petunias and geraniums are a knockout in the white garden.

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