Green in the Garden

A garden designer’s favorite green plants throughout the year

By: Daniel Mount
Daniel-Mount
http://www.mountgardens.com

Daniel Mount hails from a long line of wandering gardeners, nurserymen and farmers.  He received his first shovel for his…

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Green clarifies the mind, calms the nerves, and heals the anxious.

From “A Gardener Comes to Terms with Green” in our summer issue of Pacific Horticulture:

Alison Hoblyn, author of Green Flowers, says green “provides a kind of comma, somewhere to rest the eye between stimulating and opposing color areas.”

Maybe it is this restfulness that makes it so easy to ignore.


A peaceful green forest glade. Photo: Daniel Mount

A peaceful green forest glade. Photo: Daniel Mount

Winter:

Fatsia japonica  ‘Camouflage’

Helleborus argutifolius; H. foetidus ‘Wester Flisk’, H. hercegovinus

Helleborus foetidus 'Wester Flisk' Photo: Daniel Mount

Helleborus foetidus ‘Wester Flisk’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Mahonia nervosa, Mahonia  x media ‘Charity’

Osmanthus decorus

Phillyrea angustifolia

Pinus aristata ‘Skagit’; P. wallichiana ‘Nana’

Dwarf sweetbox (Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis Photo: Richie Steffen courtesy of Great Plant Picks

Dwarf sweetbox (Sarcococca hookeriana var. humilis Photo: Richie Steffen courtesy of Great Plant Picks

Sarcoccoca hookeriana var. humilis

Taxus baccata ‘Horizontalis’; T.b. ‘Amersfoort’

Thuja occidentalis ‘ Mr. Bowling Ball’; T.o. ‘Tiny Tim; T.o. ‘Mossy’

Vaccinium ovatum

Thuja occidentalis 'Tiny Tim'  Photo: Daniel Mount

Thuja occidentalis ‘Tiny Tim’ Photo: Daniel Mount

 

Spring:

Various clipped evergreens anchor the garden. Photo: Daniel Mount

Various clipped evergreens anchor the garden. Photo: Daniel Mount

Anemone nemerosa ‘ Bracteata Pleniflora’

Arisaema triphyllum

Wallich's wood fern (Dryopteris wallichiana). Photo: Richie Steffen courtesy of Great Plant Picks

Wallich’s wood fern (Dryopteris wallichiana). Photo: Richie Steffen courtesy of Great Plant Picks

Dryopteris wallichiana, D. crassirhizoma

Euphorbia characias  ssp. wulfenii, E. c. ‘Portuguese Velvet’

Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii Photo: Richie Steffen courtesy of Great Plant Picks.

Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii Photo: Richie Steffen courtesy of Great Plant Picks.

Fritillaria raddeana, F. affinis

Ornithogalum nutans

Osmunda regalis ‘ Purpurascens’

Redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregana) Photo: Daniel Mount

Redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregana) Photo: Daniel Mount

Oxalis oregana

Paris polyphylla

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’

Rhododendron ‘Shamrock’

Tellima grandiflora

Tulipa ‘Spring Green’

 

Summer:

Astrantia major 'Shaggy' Photo: Daniel Mount

Astrantia major ‘Shaggy’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Astrantia major ‘Shaggy

Bupleurum fruticosum

Eryngium yuccifolium

Eucomis pole-evansii

Galtonia candicans

Hemerocallis ‘Lime Frost’

Hosta 'Niagara Falls'  Photo: Daniel Mount

Hosta ‘Niagara Falls’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Hosta ‘Niagara Falls; H. Devon Green’; H. Aphrodite

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Lime Light’, H. arborescens ‘Annabelle’

Moluccella laevis

Nicotiana alata 'Lime Green' Photo: Daniel Mount

Nicotiana alata ‘Lime Green’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Nicotiona alata ‘Lime Green

Zinnia ‘Envy’

Mosses flourish in the rainy season. Photo: Daniel Mount

Mosses flourish in the rainy season. Photo: Daniel Mount

Fall:

Mosses!