One of my dreams is to create a serene green and white garden using only white flowers to beautify the space. I’ve seen photos of all-white gardens and they’re so pretty. But then I get to the garden center and can’t resist all the colors. But still, I could create a small garden section just for white blooms. Here’s a few favorites that I’d choose.
The classic hydrangea comes in a few varieties, but if you want the bush with large, round blooms, look for Annabelle. It’s the most popular out there and it puts on a dramatic show.
On the opposite side of the size scale are sweet alyssum. These dainty blooms are super easy to grow and will spread as the summer marches on. Use them as borders in beds or in container flower gardens. They’ll spill over the side creating a lacy overflow.
Here’s a sea of white alyssum cascading down a slope next to a waterfall. Impressive, right?
Yes, they have yellow centers, but daisies are primarily white so I’m including them in this list of favorite white flowers. Plant them in sun and watch them bloom their little hearts out. I need to separate mine this year, which is always exciting because it means you’ll have new flowers in a new place without spending any money.
If you don’t have Asiatic lilies in your garden, you need to add some this year. I have a few, in both pink and white. I placed them out by the sidewalk so passersby can enjoy their spectacular beauty and intoxicating fragrance. Plant them in a location that receives at least six hours of sun. This perennial requires very little maintenance and is a show stopper in the garden.
I love cosmos. This dainty flower comes in a variety of colors, but the white ones look especially ethereal. And talk about low maintenance – these blooms enjoy hot, dry conditions in somewhat poor soil. It’s amazing that something so beautiful can thrive in soil that hasn’t been amended. Cosmos are also economical because they’re easily started from seeds. Cut them back to avoid becoming too lanky. They’ll become bushier when you give them a few trims throughout the summer.
One of the first flowers to appear in spring are snowdrops with their little bell-shaped blooms. These delicate charmers naturalize easily and should be divided every three years. Which means even more snowdrops for the future!
A truly beautiful flower, Japanese anemone is an easy-to-grow perennial. They prefer loose soil and a little bit of shade, especially in the afternoon.
If you’re a petunia fan, look for white blooms. They’re refreshing and look great anywhere you plant them, although they do enjoy sun. Pinch or cut them back before they have a chance to get leggy. They’ll luck healthier when they’re forced to bush out.
Next up on the list of favorite white flowers is lobelia. Offered in both blue and white, the white ones are a great complementary flower to use in container gardens. Aren’t they sweet looking?
We can’t go through a list of white flowers without mentioning the glorious rose. My grandmother had a rose garden in her front yard that she was quite proud of. Meanwhile, in the back of her house was her small field of chrysanthemums that she used for indoor flower arrangements. Clearly, the roses were the apple of her eye.
If you enjoy bush-type flowers, consider white lilacs instead of purple. They’re so pretty and make gorgeous bouquets inside the home. You won’t feel guilty cutting them because the bush produces more than enough blooms to enjoy indoors and out.
White Flowers in the Water Garden
Pond lovers have white options, too. If you’re an avid gardener, consider the addition of a pond in your yard to enjoy even more flowering possibilities.
Not only do the flowers of water lilies look amazing, but their round lily pads are the perfect backdrop for these beautiful blooms. One thing I especially love about water lilies is that when the blooms fade, they don’t look ugly. The faded bloom typically descends below the surface of the water. You can then trim it off the plant.
Lotus are just as breathtaking as water lilies, but they grow further above the water and have the most amazing, velvety leaves. Did you know you can enjoy lotus even if you don’t have a pond? You can easily grow these in a water-tight container. Be sure to place the container in full sun and fertilize the lotus frequently for optimal blooms. You can do the same with water lilies, too.
These are just a few of my favorite white flowers. There are so many more, both terrestrial and aquatic. I hope these choices give you some inspiration for this year’s garden.
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