Blue and White Garden at Glendoick

Blue Garden

Meconopsis, Lavender, Lithodora, Campanula, Clematis, Ceanothus...


White Garden: classic style, timeless...

All season long, you’ll find a range of plants in our White Garden including rhododendrons, azaleas, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. You can create a white garden on any scale from a small raised bed of alpines to acres of mass planting. The list below is just a small selection of available plants.

Some gardeners use purple foliage plants as a backdrop or foil to the plantings. Cotinus ‘Royal Purple’, Sambucus, Physocarpus etc. Vita Sackville West liked to use grey foliage to set off the white: Artemesia, Stachys etc.

White Garden, Crathes Castle, Scotland


  • Acers with white variegated leaves.
  • Amelanchier (Spring white fls) H5
  • Flowering cherries (white spring blossom) H4-5
  • Malus & Apples (crab apples) H5
  • Sorbus (white berries in Autumn) H5 


Larger Shrubs

  • Buddleja davidii white forms, scented fls, late summer H5.
  • Deciduous Azaleas
  • Euonymus japonicus Kathy white edged leaves. H4
  • Eucryphia ‘Rostrevor’ white flowers in late summer, 3-5m H4.
  • Hydrangea arborescens  stunning white in summer. H5
  • Hydrangea paniculata  late summer, white turning pink/reddish H5
  • Lavatera ‘Barnsley Baby’ & ‘Mary Hope’long flowering 2m. H4
  • Magnolia stellata (star Magnolia) H4
  • Osmanthus delavayi  white scented, in April, evergreen. H4.
  • Philadelphus scented white fls in summer, H4-5
  • Pittosporum ‘Irene Paterson’ (white leaves) H3
  • Rhododendrons  (many choices)  H4-5
  • Rose (many choices) H4-5.
  • Spiraea arguta and others. Very tough Spring-Summer. H5
  • Viburnum  mariesii & others.  White in late Spring H5


Small compact shrubs

  • Lavender ‘Arctic Snow’ H3-4
  • Evergreen azaleas: ‘Glendoick Glacier’, ‘Panda’, ‘Glendoick Snowflakes’ H4-5
  • Convolvulus cneorum  Spring white, compact, H3
  • Choisya ternata & ‘Aztec Pearl’  evergreen, Fls spring.  H3-4
  • Cistus x hybridus, & obtusifolius ‘Thrive’  H3-4
  • Dwarf rhododendrons: ‘Lucy Lou’, ‘Ptarmigan’, Dora Amateis, etc
  • Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’ H5
  • Potentilla white forms H5 

 Iberis Masterpiece


  • Achillea ptarmica 'The Pearl' sneezewort H4-5
  • Agapanthus white forms, summer flowering  H3-4
  • Anemone (Japanese) August- Sept flowering.  H4-5.
  • Aster (white forms) late summer daisies H5.
  • Astilbe (white forms) fluffy white fls mid summer. Likes moist soils. H5
  • Campanula white forms: tiny alpines to larger border plants. H4-5.
  • Centranthus (Valerian) White form. June-July, white flowers H3-4
  • Cerastium  spreading alpine, grey foliage. H4-5
  • Echinaea purpurea Alba white cone flower. Summer daisies, H4-5
  • Foxglove purpurea Albiflora (Digitalis) H5
  • Geranium (hardy) spreading, tough and easy H5
  • Grasses with white variegation or white flowers (Miscanthus) H4-5.
  • Gypsophila  frothy white fls in summer. H4.
  • Hellebourus  white forms. Early white, very tough H5.
  • Hostas  with white variegated leaves. H5
  • Iberis  long flowering, low, easy. H4-5
  • Leucanthemum × superbum 'Snowcap' shasta daisy, summer, white H4-5.
  • Penstemon (white forms) late summer. H3-4
  • Phlox (white forms) late summer, scented. H4-5.
  • Primula japonica ‘Possford White’ June candelabras, likes moist soil. H5.


Bulbs & Bedding

  • Alyssum  white bedding
  • Snowdrops (Galanthus) bulbs available Aug-Sept
  • Dahlias (white forms)
  • Daffodils: Pheasant Eye, Ice Follies etc Bulbs Aug-Sept