Plant a Monochromatic Garden

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At first thought, a monochromatic garden sounds boring. But really, it can be one of the most bold and striking designs that you can make. A large dose of one color really catches the eye and if you use a light color such as white or yellow, can really stand out at night as well as in the daylight.

The fun of a monochromatic garden is that you can be creative in ways that you wouldn’t normally suspect. Textures become important and can really stand out. Additionally, another fun part of having a monochromatic garden are the monochromatic bouquets that you can make for your enjoyment.

Here is a run down of TPG’s favorite picks for monochromatic gardens that will thrive in the New Orleans area.

White and Silver:

White and silver plants stand out at night, they are timeless and elegant!

  • Hydrangea (white such as Blushing Bride or Snowball Viburnum which is technically a type of viburnum)
  • Bridal Wreath Spirea
  • Rose
  • Lamb’s ears
  • Dusty Miller
  • Dichondra “Silver Falls”
  • Sunpatiens, impatiens, pentas and other warm season annuals


Yellow flowers stand out on a bright sunny day and on cloudy, gray days. They are unique in that you can also attain a yellow-color garden with chartreuse, lime green plants as well for an interest play on shades of yellow.

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  • Coreopsis (tickseed)
  • Sunflower
  • Hosta (lime green)
  • Alocascia (Elephant ears) in lime
  • Sunshine ligustrum
  • Cuban Gold Duranta
  • Calla lily
  • Yellow Iris


marigold flower
  • Canna lily
  • Sunpatien
  • Impatien
  • Marigold
  • Nasturtium
  • Daylily
  • Lantana


Red gardens are bright and stand out bold and strong. Very dramatic and can include pinks and corals too.

  • Amaryllis
  • Celosia
  • Salvia
  • Pentas
  • Coleus
  • Camellia
  • Rose
  • Canna lily
  • Begonia


Purple can be mixed with black and burgundy. The result is a very dramatic and sultry effect.

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  • Purple sweet potato vine
  • Passion Flower Vine
  • Ornamental cabbage
  • Eggplant
  • Persian Shield
  • Coleus
  • Purple basil
  • Calocascia (elephant ear that is dark purple)
  • Loropetalum
  • Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
  • Ajuga


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  • Plumbago
  • Blue Daze
  • Violas and pansies
  • Hydrangea (Blue)
  • Balloon Flower
  • Delphinium

We hope that this inspires you to plant a part of your garden with a monochromatic theme or maybe the whole garden. You can find these plants (that are in season) at our garden center on 9401 Airline Highway, New Orleans, LA 70118 and call us at (504) 488-8887.

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