The best white flowers for the garden
WWould the garden be here without white plants? Like the dot a cartoonist places in a character’s eye, a white spot can add a magical touch to any image. There are some wonderful white plants there.
Who can resist great domed heads? Hydrangea aborescens ‘Annabelle’ (1.2m x 1.2m)? They are sold as soon as they are seen, and the more you feed and water them, the larger the heads become. Oddly enough, this rough, pale leaf distinguishes it from the bright green leaves of the usual hydrangea plants; It’s more subtle and yet it’s glorious. Cut them every spring and ensure flowering. He laughs at the coldest winter.
There’s something particularly effective about the large white flower heads at night. They shine in Glow where other colors or small flowers disappear. When I look down from my bedroom window after dark, I can see Annabelle glowing in a large mound, and not far from her a clump of white border Phlox paniculata “David”.
David is a band member, like Annabelle, reliable, strong and generous. July heads are massive and borne on chest-high stems, so they are not short phlox, but their sturdy plants in reasonable shelter require no support. It is useful to grow in a group of three to create a bold effect like a chunky shrub. Once their heads have faded, you can cut them back to the first pair of vigorous buds and expect a second, smaller bloom.
Shasta Chamomile — Leucanthemum x pride – It would stand like a snake in front of the snake charmer, rising to look you almost in the face, then calming down to slither among the other plants. Modern varieties, such as “Brightside,” have solved this problem. They stand upright on a much shorter torso, but have the same classic gold-focused face. Snip individual flower stems when they fade and you’ll have flowers for weeks.
In the spring, one of my favorite plants is the ‘White Triumphator’ tulip. They will thrive in pots for a few years in a row before the bulbs tire and need to be replaced. In its wake comes a white lilac, I cut it inward with two arms. Shrubs may never hold much romance, but white lilacs manage it, even if they’re not as scented as lilacs. It’s a large, rough shrub that doesn’t reach much outside of April, so it needs a less conspicuous site, but as it does its thing, swaying thick bunches in the spring breezes, it’s peerless. The large parks are worth it.
ramanas white rose, Rojos rose ‘Alba’ may not be romantic – it’s very thorny – but it is very pretty and needs only modest winter pruning to keep it looking good. Pests? What pests? Delicate, scented white flowers nest in clusters among the rich green crinkled foliage, as peaceful as can be (1.5m x 1.5m).
My wife and I are arguing about the semi-double, semi-thornless climbing rose ‘Climbing Iceberg’ (to 3 metres). She says it’s fragrant, even though I can barely get it. It’s a wonderful plant, if a bit old-fashioned; It is still for sale, and there is no evidence that it is worth more than that. With unforgiving dead ends I can get three crops of flowers a year.
If you want a fragrant shrub by Air Bucket, plant a mock orange. philadelphus. ‘Belle Étoile’ (1.5m x 1.5m) is taking some hits. I love the maroon fleck at the base of its petals, and in June this is luxurious. Plant it with that white rose. They were made for each other.
Quite softer and smaller it is slotPerennial, 80 cm tall, with thin, wavy stems and small, dancing flowers. It is happy in hot, dry soil, and blooms for months on end. Current garden trends lead us towards pink and bright shades, but you can’t beat a good white like… g. “Rotating butterflies.” It’s a classic.
Then there is the calla lily Zantedischia “The White Giant.” It’s enormous. Why grow out your usual knee-length shape when you can have one in your length? My collection is four years old, and here, at 900 windy feet, it produced a cascade of 35 gorgeous flowers this year. It is a wonderful plant to look at through the window.