Christian Harper, a horticulturist at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin, designed this luminous mattress of annuals, which is a part of a four-corner intersection of comparable beds. The number of spectacular, shiny white blooms gleams amongst shimmering silver foliage in a wealthy tapestry of contrasting textures. This mattress not solely shines in daylight but in addition glows within the moonlight. Add to that the intoxicating perfume of the flowering tobacco, and also you’ve bought a splendidly romantic mixture. “As they are saying, white goes with every little thing, and since one of many paths on this backyard leads towards our Marriage ceremony Backyard, it’s particularly acceptable for this setting,” Christian says. This part of the full-sun mattress is 12 toes lengthy and 5 toes deep, and it’s planted in a mean backyard loam enhanced by yearly purposes of leaf mildew.
Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris, annual)
‘Sparkler White’ spider flower (Cleome hassleriana ‘Sparkler White’,
‘Sonata White’ cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Sonata White’, annual)
‘Powis Fort’ artemisia (Artemisia ‘Powis Fort’, USDA Hardiness Zones 7–9)
‘Silver Queen’ dusty miller (Senecio cineraria ‘Silver Queen’, annual)
‘Avalanche White’ petunia (Petunia ‘Avalanche White’, annual)
‘Lulu’ marigold (Tagetes tenuifolia ‘Lulu’, annual)
‘Ribbon Yellow’ snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus ‘Ribbon Yellow’, annual)
‘Primrose Gem’ chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum coronarium ‘Primrose Gem’, annual)
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