White flowers are essential in the garden, where they punctuate flower beds and beds with delicate and graceful notes. They illuminate the shaded corners and blend splendidly with blue, red or yellow flowers, dark green or variegated foliage. The white flowers magnify the plants that surround them, harmonize with all the tones and bring a touch of romanticism to the garden. Here are 10 ideas of plants and shrubs to have absolutely for their white bloom.
1 – The panicled hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)
This small, easy-going shrub is distinguished by its rich flowering from July to September. Its large flowers in panicles are first ivory white and then turn pink in September. The effect is spectacular.
2 – The white rose
Who can resist the white rosebush, of the family of Rosaceae, of which there are multiple varieties and cultivars. Standard rose, shrub rose, climbing rose, creeper rose… Each category comes in many colors, but the immaculate white rose, whether small or large, scented or not, finds its place in every garden.
3 – White Agapanthus (Agapanthus praecox, syn. africanus)
Of indisputable beauty, this plant from the Agapanthaceae offers us throughout the summer its many spectacular umbels composed of multiple white flowers, which emerge from the tuft of very elegant ribboned leaves. It is grown in large pots as well as in the ground, why not alongside a blue Agapanthus …
4 – Hollyhock (Alcea rosea ‘Halo Blossum’)
The gardener who cannot resist the crazy charm of hollyhocks can find in their rich palette of colors a variety with white flowers whose heart is a pretty deep pink as is the case of ‘Halo Blossum‘. Its beautiful flowering is guaranteed from July until the end of August or mid-September.
5 – The sweet carnation (Dianthus plumarius)
If you want to bring a note of white to a border, a bed or even in a rockery, the carnation mignardise is ideal. We love its rustic air, its delicious scent, its beautiful bluish green foliage. It is very easy, with a few cute carnations plants, to create a real carpet of multiple white flowers from June until frost because some newer cultivars offer a longer flowering period than the old varieties. Note that there is another white carnation that blooms from June to August, thecarnation of the sands (Dianthus arenarius). Its foliage is glaucous green and its virginal flowers, with extremely cut-out petals, are as original as they are exquisite.
6 – Clematis (Clematis)
In the big family of Ranunculaceae, there are more than three hundred species of clematis. Lovers of climbing plants with white flowers have something to indulge in White Pearl re-flowering, Albina Plena which blooms from April to June or Nelly moser, without forgetting the hybrid Beautiful bride spectacular with its large white flowers which bloom from May to September.
7 – The Lily (or Lily) (Lilium)
Intoxicating and splendid, the lily with white flowers like Lilium candidum is royal in solid, and allows to compose sculptural bouquets. There are of course other varieties. You just have to be careful because the pollen of the Lily can be the source of extremely stubborn yellow-orange stains on clothes and tablecloths!
8 – The Gardenia (Gardenia)
Also called Cape Jasmine, the Gardenia belongs to the family of Rubiaceae. It flowers from May until September. Among the best known at the planetary level, Gardenia jasminoide produces abundant white flowers but we can also look to Gardenia thunbergia or Gardenia brighamii. Gardenia flowers are deliciously scented.
9 – The freesia (Freesia x hybrida)
One can only succumb to the beauty of the white flowers of Freesia, arranged in clusters, and which bloom from July until October, but it is better to install this highly decorative little plant in a pot because it is very sensitive to the slightest frost. In this way, the beauty can be taken to safety as soon as necessary.
10 – Japanese Dogwood (Cornus kousa)
This small tree of the family of Cornaceae is spectacularly beautiful in spring as it is covered with flowers with white bracts that seem to have landed on the foliage like delicate butterflies. The tree is just as sumptuous in summer because of the beauty of its decorative foliage. The spectacle continues in autumn, when its leaves set the garden ablaze with their fiery colors. And to top it all off, the Cornus offers us in autumn a profusion of deep red fruits in the shape of strawberries, edible, fleshy and with an exotic flavor.
These are just a few ideas of plants and shrubs with white flowers that have all the qualities for structure a garden and embellish it. Cosmos, Cléome, Anthémis, Thlaspi, Arum but also Perce-neige or Seringat are other plants to cultivate in the garden to take advantage of their beautiful white flowering at different times of the year.