White Flowers

White & Pink Dogwoods (Cornus Florida) stand out under the shade of pines.

White flowering plants are usually the most difficult to sell in a retail garden center. The impulse buyer usually picks up the plant that looks best in display. However, knowing how plants work in the landscape or how to display them gives white flowering plants great value for a discerning gardener.

Not all white flowers are equally white. Mixing whites from different flowers often has the effect of making the different shades of white stand out. However, the same whites can be placed around other colors or in shady spots and appear to be brilliant white.

White flowers brighten up a dark spot. Evergreens plants are at their peak of popularity in landscaping. Home owners see them as low maintenance, shapeable, and always looking pleasant in the yard. A few well placed white flowering plants will brighten up an otherwise monochromatic scene. The contrast created in the scene can be startling.

Sometimes white flowers can be just amazing because of their fragrance or texture of their petals. Magnolia grandiflora ‘Edith Bogue’ is known for its extreme lemony fragrance of its extraordinarily large flowers. Lily of the  Valley (Convallaria majalis) is a good woodland perennial with sweet fragrant bell-shaped flowers. Peonies and roses are often grown simply for the delight of cut flowers. Elegance and fragrance is enough to convince us they are worth growing. In addition, a bouquet of white flowers will coordinate with any decorating scheme throughout your home.

Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley known for its sweet fragrance

Before you overlook the white flowering plant for another, take a drive around and see what is working in other yards. Try some bouquets of white flowers. Often, you will find combinations and designs that works great with white flowers.

Other flowers to consider for the yard,

  • Aruncus dioicus (Goat’s Beard)
  • Variegated Solomon Seal
  • Zinnia White Wedding (whitest of Zinnias)
  • Viburnum plicatum ‘Summer Snowflake’ (repeat bloomer)
Peony Bouquet
Assorted Peonies brighten up a home
Cornus kousa var. chinensis
Cornus Kousa a late spring bloomer
Magnolia grandiflora 'Edith Bogue'
Magolias are messy, but the large fragrant flowers are amazing.