White in the Garden

White in the Garden at Sensible Gardening and Living

I’m not sure what it is about white, perhaps it’s purity or innocence, but I love white flowers. White flowers have a tendency to pop out at you, especially in the evening when everything else is hidden with the dark. White flowers also have a way of calming a hot bed that is full of orange and yellow flowers. Regardless of the colours you have chosen, white flowers will always blend in effortlessly.

White Tree Peony / Sensible Gardening and Living
White Tree Peony / Sensible Gardening and Living

Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Snowdrift’) is a newer strain which has double white daisies with a yellow eye.  About 2 feet tall it is great for cutting and can even be used in tubs. If you remove the faded flowers it will increase it’s blooming time.

Blazing Star (Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’) has densely packed spikes of pure white flowers. Great for cut flowers or used in a mass planting. Super hardy to zone 2.

Salvia nemerosa ‘Snow Hill’ has bright white spikes of long lasting flowers. Great drought tolerant plant for blooms in June to July. A quick haircut after it blooms will probably yield a second flush in the fall.

White Salvia / Sensible Gardening and Living

Feverfew (Tanacetum P. double white) forms a low busy mound of fragrant leaves and double white pompon flowers in mid summer.  A short lived perennial but will self seed. Makes an excellent cut flower.

Fever Few / Senssible Gardening and Living

Daylily ‘White Hot’ Although there is no such thing as a true white daylily, some are getting very close. The cultivar White Hot is a large flower and very beautiful.

Daylily ‘White Hot’ / Sensible Gardening and Living
White Autumn Clematis ( terniflora) is a very hardy vine that will cover a trellis or fence in one season. Blooming in the fall when most everything else is finished it is outstanding. Be sure to give your clematis a cool, moist ,deep root run.
Sweet Autumn Clematis / Sensible Gardening and Living

For more info on white flowers check out my post White in the Garden


13 thoughts on “White in the Garden

  1. White is right ! It is like that pair of black trousers that go with everything else in your wardrobe!

    Loved your collection of photos , it it so good to have a theme running through a post rather than random photos of flowers , which I get very tempted to do, just because they are ‘there’ and in bloom and gorgeous !

  2. There are several different varieties of white clematis. This one blooms in August and has a smaller flower than some of the varieties, but scented:)

  3. Love your liatris spicata – must check if it will grow in clay soil. You’ve got a lovely array of whites. Not keen on nothing but, myself, but you’re so right that they make a lovely addition to any bed.

  4. Salvia ‘Snow Hill’ is really a great plant. Blooms for a very long time and very hardy.

  5. I like white flowers, too, for all the reasons you mention. Especially in my front bed, where the colors are very deep/bright, the white helps unify it. I’ve never seen a white salvia before. That may be worth looking into!

  6. I used to have purple liatris, but I didn’t know there was a white variety.I should look into getting some bulbs for it now that my bulbs seem to have disappeared and need to be replaced. The other cool thing about white plants in the garden is that they make the garden glow at night when the moon is shining. Nice plants!

  7. Impatiens do really stand out. Unfortunately they can not handle our severe sun and heat or I would plant them too.

  8. One year I did an almost all white garden in the front yard. It really popped against the green siding our our house. As simple and common as the are, I like white impatiens. those little guys take a lot of abuse and never disappoint. 🙂

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