Notice the wonderful shading on the side of the boxwood balls; they change color as the light changes.
Clipped boxwood was used here, allowing the fresh lime-green growth to contrast the shiny foliage of the Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis).
A monochromatic green planting fits contemporary gardens perfectly. The neutral nature of the color does not detract from the design or the hard landscaping material.
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The green bamboo stems and foliage give height yet allow a view through to the upper limits of the garden, while the mass of low-clipped boxwood and clumps of Skimmia perfectly balance the plantings with the formal hard landscaping.
Ferns at selected points lighten the whole design, bringing differences in shade of green, leaf texture and height of growth.
Here the tall, dark green spikes of horsetail (Equisetum spp) perfectly contrast the low, scrabbling growth of the fluorescent lime-green Ipomoea.
Winter- and spring-flowering Hellebores not only have deeply cut, dark green leaves that fit nicely into a green planting palette, but some varieties show green coloring in their maturing flowers. Helleborus niger, the Christmas Rose, has white flowers that start off as the palest of lime greens before maturing to a clean white. The variety 'Christmas Carol' is one of the best for producing this immature green inflorescence.
The Hellebore with the most convincing green flowers is H. foetidus, the Stinking Hellebore, which has tall spires of lime-green flowers held above spiky, deep green foliage.
The underplanted ground cover here is Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis), a useful ground-cover plant that can cope with dry shade. The best variety to look for is 'Green Carpet', which has glossy deep green leaves.
Other green flowers to try include Bells-of-Ireland (Moluccella laevis) and the European snowball viburnum (Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'), which have flowers that are green in the immature stage before maturing to white.
This shade garden shows all the attributes of a successful monochromatic green garden: variation in foliage color, contrasting textures and a mixture of foliage shapes and sizes.
Though there is a minimal plant material in the design, there is once again a creative mixture of foliage colors, leaf textures and foliage and plant shapes.