Ghost Gardens

by Lady Alice M Martineau, 1924

foxglove by Jaypeg, FlickrIn America ‘ghost gardens are rather the fashion. Here everything is dim and subdued. Under cool, creeper-clad pergolas or shady trees are arranged such misty effects as can be got by the use of large masses of Gypsophilia paniculata, the great silver thistle, tall grey mulleins, and of the broad-growing silver salvia or sage as a flat carpet from which rise fragile white campanulas, white moon daisies, or white lilies of Bermuda. Near a grey stone seat may be found a large clump of white datura, with heavily scented trumpet flowers; or if no frost-proof shed can be found to store the datura, then a group of white Nicotiana sylvestris or Nicotiana affinis, which comes up year after year. Then there are white foxgloves, with white jasmine as a background, on some old wall or pillar; and Clematis flammula (or earlier in the season montana) wreaths itself in and out of bay or box, and even tall junipers standing like sentinels do not escape, but are caught in its embrace. A small marble basin with water-lilies growing in it is sunk in the cool green turf, the water reflecting the early moonbeams; for no one walks in the ghost garden except at evening.

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