White Flower Gardens

White gardens have an ethereal quality to them. My sister created one once that was in the shape of a crescent moon. The garden was outside her bedroom window and when she got up in the night she could see it.

Over time, though, as the white Rose of Sharon tree got larger, it started to overtake the rest of the garden. The tree not only shaded things below it, it also dropped seed pods that readily germinated in the garden below it.

Now the tree remains, but an addition to the house used up some of the space; and a large rock unearthed during construction has taken the place of the white garden. With grass below it, the tree no longer sends up so many seedlings and they can be chopped down with the lawnmower if some do germinate.

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If you’d like to create a white garden, though, there are many beautiful white flowers you could consider. If you want to bloom all season, take into account when things bloom and plan accordingly.

In the spring, you might want crocus, white tulips, columbine, narcissus, wind flowers, star flowers, Easter Lilies, iris, and hyacinths. These all come in shades of white. A white spirea bush (bridal wreath, white lilacs or a hydranga bush would make an additional layer and backed up with dark green evergreens, it would be gorgeous.

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Now for the bottom layer, you could add some creeping white phlox or arabis (rock cress).

As we move into summer you could have a white rose bush, hydrangeas, Shasta daisies, and variants of Veronica, hollyhock, garden phlox, liatris (gayfeather), and coneflower. All of these have white cultivars.

Later in the summer, you might have feverfew, baby’s breath, white chrysanthemums,alarge yuccaa and finally michaelmas daisies and asters.

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Silver plants are great companions in a white garden and you could add lamb’s ear and Artemisia. Both of these show up readily by the light of the moon and would be so pretty in the evening when all your other colors have faded into the darkness.

Plants with variegated green and white leaves or plants that have grayish or bluish tints to them (many hostas) would form wonderful backdrops in a white garden. Adding grasses with silver leaves could also be quite attractive.

You’re not finished yet, though. Now you need to add some white annuals that will bridge any of the gaps when nothing is blooming and add insurance that your garden will gleam all season.

Here are some good choices of white annuals. Wave petunias, tuberous and wax begonias, morning glories, Nicotiana (flowering tobacco), alyssum, snap dragons, cosmos, pansies, and impatiens all come in shades of white.

Be creative when adding them to your garden. Should they be in containers, squeezed between your perennials, climbing up a fence or dripping down the side of a bench? The possibilities are endless and that’s another benefit of having a theme garden.

They are a beautiful outlet for your creativity. You come up with the ideas, and do the hard work. Mother Nature works her miracles and you get all the credit for creating such a magical environment. I hope this inspires you to go out and create your own white garden.

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