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Planting an All-White Garden

Some gardeners and landscapers may prefer the cool look of blue, others the hot reds and oranges and some find it pleasing to highlight the lush green sweeps of their yard with all white blooming flowers. Just visualize it -- lush, glowing moonbeams framed against a lush green foliaged background.

White is a very refreshing, delicate, elegant theme for a well manicured look. You can plant perennials, shrubs and trees as well as annuals to carry out the white theme in the garden. Explore blooming periods with your nursery team. Choose varieties for their blooming times and for their white flowers.
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White flowers highlight a deep corner better than any other color of flowering accents -- and low growing landscape roses offer added advantages of clumps of long lasting highlights. Flower Carpet-White by Tesselaar

You can plant candytuft, which is in bloom in early spring. It provides clusters of white flowers among shiny, dark green leaves and can be cut for use in vases.

Gypsophila paniculata, Baby's Breath, is another white bloomer that, during the summer months, will provide literally hundreds of flowers. They're tiny in size, but appear abundantly all over the plant.

A prized favorite is the white petunia, which will sparkle in flower beds and containers.

Arabis caucasica, wall rockcress, is a superb groundcover that we can take advantage of for not only its low growing habit but for its gray colored leaves and its small, white flowers that smother the plant in the spring.

White flowering impatiens will decorate hanging baskets nicely and prefer a shadier location in the garden.

Bergenia also likes partial shade and has good-looking foliage all year round. Some bloom in spring and others in January and February.

And don't forget the traditional white rose. There are many new roses that offer low-growth and landscaping variety, as well as climbing varieties, and the traditional rose bush.

Some of the more familiar favorites which have white flowers are vinca, dahlias, fuchsias, caladiums and the bulb flowers like gladiolus. By planting early, you can ensure white flowers in the garden through the end of summer. At the same time, be sure to check out those unfamiliar white bloomers, which include nicotiana. Through hydridizing nicotiana can now be bought in compact sizes growing only one to two and a half feet with fragrant flowers.

Achillea or yarrow, usually thought of as blooming with only bright yellow flwoers, has some species that bloom in white.

Nierembergia repens cannot be grown everywhere in California, but if it is available at your local nursery, be sure to try this low growing plant which is covered in summer with white bell-like flowers.

Check out all the white flowers that are listed her to create a "white" crisp garden and to broaden the selection of plants around the home as well.


When you choose a white garden...don't forget that green is even more prominent. The beautiful, restful shades of green!


What native plants in your area offer white blossoms?


Life is complex. Sometimes selecting a simple theme can provide a sanctuary from chaos. What simplifications could foster joy and balance in your life?


What WILL you do today to move toward your goal? Even one small action today makes a difference. And you can add a little tomorrow and the next day... Together we will restore our environment in our community and around the world.

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