White Garden at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Hibiscus in White Garden, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Photo Courtesy: Robert Ayers
Hibiscus in White Garden, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Photo Courtesy: Robert Ayers

The Page-Rollins White Garden is a redesign of a preexisting White Garden at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens explains Jason Holmes, Curator, Doris Duke Center Gardens.  The white garden is based in part on one of the most famous gardens in England, Sissinghurst, and will be completed by Spring, 2012.  The designers and gardeners of Sissinghurst were revolutionary.  Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson envisioned a new color pallette for a garden - white.

The beds for the White Garden at the Duke Gardens are five feet square and 20' x 15' rectangular enclosing the white gardens with boxwood.  "When you build a white garden in North Carolina you must consider the heat and humidity," says Jason Holmes.  "The English rain comes down nice and slowly.  We have flash floods and must dig ditches and will also put in berms to accommodate the five inches of rain we can get in an afternoon."

Below you will find a link to an article written by Crystal Cotton, intern at the Duke Gardens about the White Garden and a list of plants that have been planted as well as "wished" to be planted in the gardens:

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Page White Garden Palette (Wish list of plant possibilities) Trees Cercis chinensis ‘Shirobana’ – White Flowered Chinese Redbud Chionanthus virginicus – Fringe Tree or Chionanthus retusus – Chinese Fringe Tree Cornus florida ‘Cherokee Princess’ – Flowering Dogwood Lagerstroemia ‘Natchez’ – White Flowering Crepe Myrtle Prunus serrulata ‘Alba’ or Prunus ‘Snowgoose’ – White Japanese Flowering Cherry Styrax japonicus ‘Emerald Pagoda’ – Japanese Snowbell or Styrax obassia – Fragrant Snowbell Shrubs Aralia elata 'Variegata' - Variegated Japanese Angelica Tree Buddleja davidii ‘White Ball’ – White Flowered Butterfly Bush Buxus sinica var. insularis 'Justin Brouwers' – Dwarf Korean Boxwood* Buxus sempervirens 'Elegantissima' – Variegated Boxwood* Callicarpa japonica ‘Leucocarpa’ – White Berry Japanese Beautyberry Callicarpa americana ‘Lactea’ – White Berry American Beautyberry Chaenomeles speciosa 'Nivalis' – White Flowering Quince Clethra alnifolia 'Crystalina' – SUGARTINA® Summersweet Clethra Fothergilla major or Fothergilla gardenia - Fothergilla Gardenia augusta ‘Crown Jewel’ – Cape Jasmine Gardenia augusta ‘Frost Proof’ – Cape Jasmine Hibiscus syriacus ‘Diana’ – White Rose of Sharon Hibiscus Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ – Smooth Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla 'Madame Emile Mouillere' – White Flowering Bigleaf Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lamb’ and/or ‘Tardiva’ – White Flowering Panicle Hydrangea Orixa japonica 'Pearl Frost' – Variegated Japanese Orixa* Philadelphus x lemoinei ‘Manteau d’Hermine’ – Dwarf Double Mock Orange Philadelphus x virginalis ‘Virginal’ – Double Mock Orange Rosa rugosa ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’ White Rugosa Rose Rosa ‘Auscat’ - Winchester Cathedral David Austin® Rose Rosa ‘Ausca’ - Fair Bianca David Austin® Rose Rosa 'Noaschnee' - Flower Carpet® White Groundcover Rose Rosa 'Radwhite' – White Out Shrub Rose Spiraea prunifolia – Bridal Wreath Spirea Spiraea x media ‘Darsnorm’ – Snow Storm™ Spirea Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire’ – Dwarf Arborvitae* Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum 'Popcorn' – Doublefile Viburnum Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum ‘Shasta’ or ‘Lanarth’- Doublefile Viburnum Viburnum x juddii – Judd’s Viburnum Yucca filamentosa – Adam’s Needle Vines Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’ – Armand Clematis Clematis terniflora – Sweet Autumn Clematis Clematis ‘Duchess of Edinburgh’ and/or ‘Evitwo’ Artic Queen™ – Double White Clematis Ipomoea alba - Moonflower, Moon Vine Rosa banksiae – White Lady Bank’s Rose Rosa ‘Climbing Iceberg’ or ‘Bobbie James’ or ‘Sally Holmes’ – Climbing Hybrid Roses Rosa ‘Sombreuil’ – Antique White Climbing Rose Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight' – Japanese Climbing Hydrangea Thunbergia alata ‘’White Form’’ - White Thunbergia Vine Trachelospermum jasminoides – Confederate Jasmine Perennials Acanthus mollis 'Alba' - White Bear's Breeches Aconitum napellus 'Album' – White Flowered Monkshood Agapanthus 'White Heaven' – White Lily-of-the-Nile Allium schoenoprasum ‘Snowcap’ – White Flowering Chives Anemone hupehensis var. japonica 'Avalanche' – White Flowered Japanese Anemone Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ – Hybrid Anemone Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ – Artemisia* Artemsia schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’ - Satiny Wormwood* Arundo donax 'Peppermint Stick' – Variegated Giant Reed Grass* Baptisia alba var. macrophylla - Largeleaf Wild White Indigo Bletilla striata 'Alba Variegata' – Variegated White Flowered Hardy Orchid Boltonia asteroides 'Snowbank' - False Aster, False Chamomile Campanula glomerata ‘Alba’ – White Clustered Bellflower Canna ‘Ermine’ – White Canna Lily Chrysanthemum rubellum 'Venus' – White Flowered Garden Mum Conoclinium coelestinum 'Alba' – White Mist Flower Coreopsis rosea 'Alba' – White Flowered Tickseed Crinum 'White Prince' – Crinum Lily Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’ – White Old Fashion Bleeding heart Dictamnus albus (fraxinella) – Gas Plant Echinacea purpurea ‘White Angel’ or ‘White Swan’ – White Coneflower Eupatoriadelphus (Eupatorium) maculatum 'Bartered Bride' – White Spotted Joe Pye Weed Filipendula ulmaria 'Flora Plena' – Double White Meadowsweet, Queen of the Meadow Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ – Tall White Gaura Gaura lindheimeri ‘So White’ - White Gaura Geranium macrorrhizum ‘Spessart’ or ‘Album’ – White Cranesbill Geranium sanguineum 'Album' – White Bloody Cranesbill Helleborus ‘Snow White’ – White Hybrid Hellebore Hemerocallis ‘Gentle Shepherd’ or ‘Joan Senior’ – White Flowered Daylily Hibiscus coccineus 'Alba' – White Texas Star Hibiscus Hibiscus ‘Blue River II’ – White Rose Mallow Iris cristata ‘Alba’ or ‘Tennessee White’ – White Dwarf Crested Iris Iris germanica ‘Immortality’ – White Bearded Iris Iris germanica ‘Eternal Bliss’ – White Bearded Iris Iris siberica ‘Snow Queen’ or ‘White Swirl’ – White Siberian Iris Iris tectorum ‘Album’ or 'Jimmy Stewart White Form' – White Japanese Roof Iris Iris unguicularis ‘Great White’ – White Flowered Winter Blooming Iris Kalimeris pinnatifida – Japanese Aster Lavandula x intermedia 'Alba' – White Flowered Lavender Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’ – White Gayfeather Lychnis coronaria 'Alba' - White Rose Campion Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cosmopolitan’ and/or ‘Dixieland’ – Variegated Maiden Grass* Monarda ‘Snow White’ – White Beebalm Nepeta x faassenii ‘Snowflake’ or ‘Alba’ – White Catmint Oenothera speciosa ‘Alba’ – White Showy Evening Primrose Paeonia ‘Krinkle White’ and/or ‘White Grace’ – White Hybrid Peony Penstemon ‘Snowstorm’ – White Penstemon Phlox divaricata ‘Fuller’s White’ – White Woodland Phlox Phlox paniculata ‘David’ – White Garden Phlox Physostegia virginiana ‘Miss Manners’ – White Obedient Plant Platycodon grandiflorus 'Hakone White' – Double White Balloon Flower Salvia farinacea ‘Augusta Duelberg’ – Perennial Mealy Cup Sage Salvia nemorosa ‘Snow Hill’ – White Meadow Sage Senecio viravira – Argentine Dustymiller* Stachys minor 'Alba' – White Hedgenettle Stokesia laevis 'Silver Moon' – White Stoke’s Aster Symphyotrichum novi-belgii ‘Bonningdale White’ – White New York Aster Verbena 'Snowflurry' - Perennial White Verbena Veronica spicata 'Icicle' – White Speedwell Zephyranthes candida – White Rain Lily Annuals & Biennials Angelonia angustifolia Serena™ White – Summer Snapdragon Bacopa (any superior white cultivars) – White Bacopa Begonia (any superior white cultivars) – White Begonia Brassica oleracea (White Foliage Forms) – Ornamental Cabbage, Kale, Chard Cleome hassleriana 'Sparkler White' or ‘Spirit Frost’– White Spider Flower** Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Sonata White’ – White Cosmos Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Snow Puff’ – Double White Cosmos Dahlia (any superior white cultivars) – White Dahlia Datura metel ‘Alba’ – White Devil's Trumpet, Horn of Plenty Dendranthemum (any superior white cultivars) – White Garden Mum Digitalis purpurea ‘Alba’ – White Foxglove Impatiens (any superior white cultivars) – White Impatiens Nemesia (any superior white cultivars) – White Nemesia Nicotiana sylvestris – White Woodland Tobacco** Nigella damascena ‘’White seed strain’’ – White Flowering Love-in-a-mist** Omphalodes linifolia - Venus's Navelwort** Orthosiphon aristatus – White Cat’s Whiskers Papaver somniferum ‘Album’ – White Poppy** Pelargonium (any superior white cultivars) – White Geranium Pennisetum villosum – Feathertop Grass Pentas lanceolata ‘Butterfly White’ – Egyptian Starflower Petunia x hybrida (any superior white cultivars) – White Petunia Portulaca grandiflora Tequila™ White – White Purslane Salvia coccinea ‘Snow Nymph’ – White Texas Sage Salvia ‘Vatican White’ - Salvia (any superior white cultivars) – White Sage Verbena ‘Turkana White’ – White Trailing Verbena Viola x wittrockiana (any superior white cultivars) – White Pansy, Johnny Jump-up Zinnia ‘Profusion White’ – White Zinnia Bulbs used as Perennials & Annuals Allium giganteum ‘Album’ – White Ornamental Onion Allium karataviense ‘Ivory Queen’ Anemone blanda ‘White Splendour’ – White Windflower Anemone coronaria 'Bride' – White Grecian Windflower Anemone coronaria 'Mount Everest' – Double White Grecian Windflower Camassia leichtlinii 'Sacajawea' – White-edged Cammas Chionodoxa luciliae 'Alba' – White Glory of the Snow Colchicum autumnale ‘Alboplenum’ – Double White Autumn Colchicum Colchicum autumnale ‘Album’ – White Autumn Colchicum Crocus cartwrightianus 'Albus' – White Fall Crocus Crocus ochroleucus – Fall Crocus Crocus speciosus 'Albus' – White Species Fall Crocus Crocus vernus 'Jeanne d'Arc' and/or ‘Purity’ Eremurus himalaicus – Himalayan Foxtail Lily Galanthus nivalis – Winter Snowdrop Galanthus nivalis var. monosticus – Fall Blooming Snowdrop Gladiolus (any superior white cultivars) – White Gladiolus Hyacinthoides hispanica 'White City' – White Spanish Bluebells Hyacinthus orientalis 'Carnegie' – White Hyacinth Ipheion uniflorum 'White Star' – Spring Starflower Iris x hollandia ‘Casablanca’ – White Dutch Iris Iris reticulata 'Natascha' – Dwarf White Rock Iris Leucojum aestivum – Summer Snowflake Lilium browni – Brown’s Lily and/or Lilium formosanum – Formosan Lily Lilium candidum – Madonna Lily Lilium ‘White Stargazer’ and/or ‘Casa Blanca’ – White Oriental Lily Lycoris x albiflora - White Surprise Lily Narcissus (any superior white cultivars) – White Daffodil, Jonquil Puschkinia scilloides 'Alba' – White Flowered Puschkinia Scilla siberica ‘Alba’ – White Siberian Squill Tulipa (any superior white cultivars) – White Tulip Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Albomaculata’ – White Spotted Calla Lily Tropicals Alocasia macrorrhiza ‘Vareigata’ – Variegated Giant Elephant Ear* Begonia maculata var. wightii – Polka Dot Begonia Brugmansia 'Cypress Gardens' – Dwarf White Angel’s Trumpet Brugmansia 'Super Nova' – White Angel’s Trumpet Brugmansia suaveolens 'Variegata' – Variegated Angel’s Trumpet Dianella tasmanica ‘Variegata’ – Variegated Tasmanian Flax* Plumbago auriculata ‘Alba’– White Cape Plumbago Xanthosoma atrovirens ‘Albo marginata’ - Mickey Mouse Taro* * Primary use is foliage ** Annual may seed in as perennials

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