This garden was created as
a project for the American Horticulturist magazine. They asked
me as one of four garden designers to create a story about their dream
garden. Instead of writing a story, I created a garden. It
is an all-white garden for the South, coming to fruition as a night
garden in August. The color palette includes silver and pale
yellows in foliage forms.
The inspiration for this
garden was a consultation with a lovely woman who was bereaved by her
inability to put plants together. We were meeting in August, in
the heat of summer, and as I looked around her garden, I realized
there was this in bloom and that and that, and we've got something
I came home and had my
friend Buck Newman do the illustration of this sunken enclosed garden,
designed on axis and cross-axis, with a temple in the back enshrining
a marble statue of "Sleep". The clouds in the garden at night at
a white crape myrtle, "Natchez". There are white "Iceberg"
roses, double and single white althea, Clematis paniculata, cruel
vine, late blooming phlox, more plants than you can imagine that all
bloom in the heat of a Southern August.