Shades of white and ivory add elegance to your living room. Don't fret about keeping your palette pure white: you can mix ivory and white tones and incorporate older pieces with newer ones in this way.
Want to instantly add brightness to a room? Painting your walls and built-ins white is a sure-fire way, and instantly makes any colorful accessories in the room pop. With a white backdrop, you don't need to go for intense colors. On trend metallics and pastels are a great way to add interest.
Black and white have long been the go-to color combination in Scandinavian circles. Whether it’s a cluster of picture frames, an oversized light fixture or even something as simple as a planter. Black acts as a neutral and has an excellent grounding quality in all white spaces.
A striking heirloom lilac, ‘Madame Lemoine’ was bred near Nancy, France, by the famous lilac breeder Lemoine. He named this beauty after his wife. Strongly fragrant double white blooms grace this lilac in late spring to early summer. Flower buds are cream and open to pure white. This French hybrid lilac grows 8 to 15 feet tall and up to 15 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
Native to northern Africa and Western Asia, sedum album is a creeping evergreen with dense foliage that grows to four inches tall with a spread of 12 to 19 inches. It produces tiny, white flowers in clusters in mid-summer that attract butterflies. In the fall and winter, its leaves turn reddish-brown and make a lovely winter show. Plant in containers or use as groundcover between stepping stones. Zones 3 to 8.
Give your shady spots some sparkle with the endless flowers of white browallia. Also known as bush violet, this tropical bloomer thrives in heat. Pinch plants when young to increase branching—and flower numbers. Once browallia starts blooming, there’s no need to remove spent blossoms to keep the flower show going strong. Bush violet grows best in full shade; avoid giving plants full sun. Look for varieties with purple flowers. Plants grow 12 to 16 inches tall and 10 to 14 inches wide.
To find the most durable plants for your area’s soil and climate, scout out old graveyards to discover orange daylilies, hardy daffodils, “cemetery whites” (Iris albicans), and other heirlooms which have grown as memorials in utter neglect for centuries. Now that’s the kind of toughness plants need in my own garden!