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SHADES OF WHITE

By Melissa Mauzy

Gardeners get ready to embrace a more toned-down palette in your landscape. Shades of white from crisp to snowy and ivory to dirty white bring a sense of calm and harmony.

“One of my favorite white-fl wering plants is the Oak Leaf Hydrangea. It has distinct textures, with fl wers in late spring and early summer, and a bonus of great dark-green to glowing-red fall foliage. The Oak Leaf Hydrangea, with its large hand-size leaves, is an awesome plant to use in berm or screening plantings because of its large mature size.” Bob Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

“The 'Toki Clematis' is a vining spring blooming perennial. Its large white fl wers can be over 6 inches wide with complementary delicate yellow stamens.” David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest.

“Wild Swan Anemone stands out over others due to its exceptionally beautiful fl wers and prolific fl wering. Its spectacular fl wer stems are adorned from June through October with nodding fl wers of icy white with violet-blue undersides, and large yellow centers. A shade-loving perennial.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

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“Our favorite white fl wer is Veronica `Magic Show White Wands'. This is a beautiful prolific perennial blooming late spring through fall and has one of the most pure white fl wers we have ever seen. The common name is Speedwell. This plant grows in full sun, needs average well drained soil and gets 14-16" high.” Cathy Pauley, Papillon Perennials.

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