After the renovation of my house I designed what I call the ‘entry way room’ that leads to, and partially surrounds an area by the front door. The palette of this room is chartreuse and white.
I planted several ‘variegated plants’ including the shrubs Daphne ‘Carol Mackie’, Cornus alba ‘elegantissima’, Salix I. ‘Hakuro Nishiki’, and the Hosta S, Frances Williams. For the chartreuse colors I planted a golden hop which spills over the top of the bench, and lots of alchemilla mollis., and Hemerocallis ‘Ice carnival’- which is a soft pale yellow day lily.
The white flowering plants include: climbing hydrangea, foam flower, oregano, white foxgloves, goose-neck loose strife, white columbine and in the spring white alliums and spring green tulips come up throughout this room. The yews either side of the door give the pale planting a nice dark contrast.
Taking a leaf from Gertrude Jekyll’s book about mono colored plantings, I allow myself the occasional aberration; blue pansies in spring and a common blue sage plant near the front door break ‘the rules’ and to my mind makes for a more natural less ‘designed’ look that works.