Designing with white in the garden can be rewarding and challenging. In the sunny border, white compliments other brightly colored flowers. In the shade garden, it can brighten a dark corner. However white can be a little tricky to work with too.
I have quite a few shade gardens featuring my hosta collection. The white and green variegated hosta make a nice focal point when placed in a sea of green foliage.
Hosta Night Before Christmas and miniature Hosta Pandora’s Box both feature blue-green leaves with bright white centers and are two of my favorites.
I use white sparingly in the shade because it shouts for attention and can be distracting when viewing hosta leaves with more subtle variegation.
I have a small white flowering bush, Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko’ placed in my walkway garden. When this bush is in bloom, it is all I see.
In my sunny perennial border, I use white freely and repeat it regularly to compliment large drifts of colored flowers in bloom.
This white gas plant (Dictamnus) is an early bloomer and looks beautiful with these iris and poppies.
I especially enjoy white flowers around dusk. They are like little beacons of light helping to extend my garden viewing time; and are a welcome treat after a long day at work. One of my favorites is the Oriental Lily ‘Casa Blanca’.
This beautiful snow white lily blooms profusely and offers a strong, musky scent. Here’s a large stand of these lilies and a single gorgeous flower. This Lily is long blooming and does not attract too many lily beetles.
There are many great whites that grow in the sun. Some of my favorite white flowering plants include daffodil, Peony, Iris, Daylily, Campanula and Garlic Chive. These varieties keep the white going all season long.