A Stuck Foot in the White Garden

DSCN3397 “Sometimes something can look beautiful just because it’s different in some way from the other things around it. One red petunia in a window box will look very beautiful if all the rest of them are white, and vice-versa.”
– Andy Warhol

 

 

The garden has been heating up, literally, from an unusual streak of summer weather.  We have been having daytime highs into the high 80s and even reaching 90, with low humidity and no rain at all sparking brush fires.  Hard to believe but we are in a fire watch situation.  The rain has just returned with the humidity, and the temps are expected to plummet 20 degrees to daytime highs in the high 50s and 60s.  So the crazy DSCN3382variable weather continues.

But the garden goes on although the veg garden and my poor pansies are confused and not performing well in this heat.  I thought for this Stuck Foot post, I would take you to the White Garden.  

What is a Stuck Foot post you ask?  Lucy@Loose and Leafy hosts this meme around the 21st of every other month.  Here’s how Lucy explains a Stuck Foot post:

A stuck foot post is where you plant your foot firmly in a roughly random place and see what you can see without moving. Best is when you plant both feet but sometimes, as in this post, where you are on a slope or some other kind of difficult ground you may need to move the other around for the sake of balance. But you mustn’t move the ‘stuck’ foot. You can bend your body this way and that. You can lean forward and twist at the waist – but you mustn’t swivel that stuck-foot.

 

I love taking a closer look at different gardens using this method.  I often gain a better perspective of the garden, and what is growing there.  And for this post, as we are close to the 15th, I am also linking in with Carol@May Dreams Gardens who hosts Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day the 15th of each month. 

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Now before I start you might ask, what has the picture of the forget-me-nots at the top of the post have to do with a White Garden.  Well, these are the first non-white flowers to bloom in the White Garden this year.  I have learned that when you plant a white garden, you have to work hard to keep it white.  Dandelions, lupines and goldenrod from the meadow try their best to change the color scheme in mine.  But I have long ago accepted that I will never be able to keep it totally white.

It’s mid-spring and the bulbs were starting to fade, so I thought now would be a good time to look at what’s bloomingthere….especially since I plan to redesign this garden hopefully in fall.  So knowing what bulbs are where is most important to me as I hate to move bulbs.  Perennials and shrubs no problem, but I do not want to move bulbs if I can help….I’ll be moving enough in other areas as it is.

So let’s look at the White Garden…..

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As I look from the stairs just outside the kitchen French door, I can see the white flowers blooming up against the back fence to the left of the gazebo.

 

 

 

DSCN3350So we are off across the patio to the Pond Path.

 

 

 

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As we get to the end of the Pond Path,  you can see the damaged lawn thanks to the voles this winter.  And we have a bumper crop of dandelions.  You can see the Center Garden, to the left, that I profiled in November with a Stuck Foot post.  It is blooming right now with loads of daffodils.  Can you see the White Garden just ahead?

 

 

 

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Here is the White Garden.  Originally planted over a couple of years, it has changed a great deal, and I am forever tweaking it.  Let’s step inside the garden and plant a foot.  I think near the tree is a good spot, just about in the middle.  The White Garden starts at the gazebo and stretches to the pergola.

 

 

 

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It’s somewhere between 10:30 and 11:00 AM, and the sun is shining brightly as the trees are just beginning to leaf out.  We are facing east toward the gazebo and standing right behind the pyramid-shaped plant support.  It originally held a white clematis, but since this area was originally very shady when all the ash trees were still growing around this area, the clematis has faded.  Currently I have nothing planted in the structure.  I use it just as a garden accent.

 

 

 

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Growing in this area are one surviving white hellebore that turns pink as it fades.  I should add more white hellebores.  There are several white daffodils growing here as well.  The Pulmonaria officinalis is not ‘Sissinghurst White’ as it was not available when I was planting this garden.  But as you can see the white blossoms have tinges of pink and purple perhaps due to cross-pollination with non-white varieties.  I have lost this evergreen’s label and thought it was a pine.  It is very slow growing here and may need a sunnier spot.  Bottom right is a white Siberian Iris or Iris sibirica.

The foliage of bearded iris ‘Immortality’ is glowing in the sunlight, top right.  You can see the gazebo keeps this area quite shady in the morning so these irises may need to be moved around.

 

 

 

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As we move northeast (turning counter clockwise to the left), we are now viewing the fence.  I have tried to grow various white flowering viburnum against the fence, but the clay soil and shade has either killed them, or they are growing at a snail’s pace.  So I removed them to pots to give them more of a head start, and replaced them with reliable red-twig dogwoods that bloom white and have berries for birds.  These bushes grow wild all over the meadow and garden from the few shrubs I have elsewhere in the garden.  

 

 

 

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Here are more Pulmonaria.  And one of the new red-twig dogwoods and more daffs.  I love how the sun lights up the daffs.  Lots of weeds and wildflowers growing in this area due to the meadow behind the fence.

 

 

 

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As we continue moving counter-clockwise, we are now facing north.  This is one of the few white ash trees we have left.  It is now the largest in the garden.

 

 

 

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This tree stretches upward to over 100 feet high.  You can just see the leaves starting to emerge.  And that house is actually a unoccupied bat house.  

 

 

 

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The picture on the left is actually showing more than more daffs.  In the foreground you can just make out a small bush.  It is a young, native, white Clethra alnifolia or Summersweet.  It seems to like it here so far, and I hope it puts on more growth.  Throughout the garden, the white violets (top right) have spread making a wonderful ground cover that I hope will keep the weeds down.  In front of the tree I also have sweet woodruff  or Galium odoratum growing.  And I recently added our native white trillium (bottom right) or Trillium grandiflorum. 

 

 

 

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As we rotate past the tree we are now facing northwest looking at the pergola and gate.  I just moved a Climbing Hydrangea that was not growing well, and replaced it with native Clematis virginiana.  I am looking forward to this native clematis covering the pergola.  It seems to be happy already and is growing well.  Along the fence is another red-twig dogwood.

 

 

 

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On the right is the Clematis virginiana.  And bottom left is a lovely white Primula vulgaris.  I hope to divide it move it around this garden.  There is also a nice clump of Leucojum aestivum or Summer Snowflake, and one of a few clumps of white hyacinths in this area.  

 

 

 

other views

We can swing around from the pergola and see the Bog Garden, top left.  Since we have taken the trees down in this area, it has given more sunlight to the White Garden too.  The bottom left, is the Center Garden Again, and when we continue around, we face the path we traveled to the White Garden from the patio.

 

 

 

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Our last view is the edge of the White Garden looking towards the veg gardens.

 

 

 

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There are white flowering hosta throughout the garden (bottom left), and white forget-me-nots, white Checkered lilies or Frillaria meleagris Alba, and lastly the early foliage of Fall crocus or Colchicum autumnale Alboplenum which comes up now.  The white flowers follow in autumn.  Of course there are loads more small shrubs and perennials in this garden like the small Carex grass shown at the top of the post.  And I will be documenting all that is growing here as the season grows on.  

The big design change I have in mind, for the White Garden, is to put in 2 pathways that already seem to naturally occur in this garden and move plants along the pathways.  I will also edge this garden and extend it out a bit more.  The clay soil here also needs to be amended a bit so we can plant some white early spring wildflowers like Bloodroot, Mayapple, Twinleaf, to name a few.   It’s a great little garden that has maintained many of its white plants, but it needs a bit more of a design that is more interesting and thought out.

 

 

Have you ever stuck your foot in your garden or any space and looked closely to see what is there?  Give it a try.   

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In A Vase On Monday 

 

As I was highlighting the White Garden this week, I thought how wonderful it would be to make a vase out of the white flowers growing here.

 

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The first vase is a wonderful bunch white daffodils growing in the White Garden.  And I pulled the blue forget-me-nots (they can’t stay in the White Garden), and put them in my little white jug.

 

 

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The actual container is a lidded jar that was a gift.  I love its light turquoise color.  And you can catch a glimpse of the lid, top right.  I put a smaller glass in the jar so the blooms could fill it easier.  And I again used a rubber band to tie the daffs together so they would stand upright.  Also in this vase are white primrose, hyacinth and Leucojum aestivum.

As there were loads of other smaller white blooms in the White Garden, I decided to make another smaller vase.

 

 

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It is in a dark green glass votive candle holder.  I love how it looks on the bench with the books.

 

 

 

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In this vase are more white blooms from the White Garden:  daffs, primrose, Leucojum aestivum, Checkered lily, Pulmonaria, violets, forget-me-nots, a surprise epimedium and the blooms from the Carex grass.  I loved the collection of the flowers as it shows all that is blooming in the White Garden.  Almost like a garden in a vase.

I am joining in with a few memes this week as I prepare this vase:  Cathy@Rambling in the Garden for her wonderful meme, In a Vase on Monday, Today’s Flowers hosted by Denise@An English Girl Rambles and Judith@Lavender Cottage who hosts Mosaic Monday.

 

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Next up on the blog:  

Next Monday, I will have an early Simply The Best Native post profiling the tree I am following, my young American Linden.  

I am linking in with Michelle for her Nature Notes meme at her new blog just for Nature Notes.  It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Tuesday. 

 

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I am also joining in I Heart Macro with Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.

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111 comments

  1. Kathy Sturr of the Violet Fern says:

    So brave of you Donna to limit yourself to one color – white. I could never! Many beautiful varieties and I bet it glows in the evenings. My mom dug up a Trillium for me! I now have Trillium! And as a bonus it came with bloodroot (another white flower). I am so grateful. I love when my mom gives me a plant as every time I pass by it I think of her. Such beautiful, dainty arrangements, too, Donna. Nothing like white. Right now my snowflake, Gravetye Giant, flowers are blooming – I think it was you who let me know they are not snowdrops per say. I love them and I think I need more. It must be challenging with the meadow to manage weeds. I have bindweed to contend with and I’m thinking of ditching my cut leaf coneflower, although I love it, it is seeding itself everywhere – it would be good in a meadow far away ha ha.

    • Donna says:

      Kathy those are grand flowers to be given and especially from your mom…if we ever meet up and you want to exchange some flowers, I would love a bit of that coneflower for my meadow. The weeds are out of control right now….bindweed, vetch, horsetail (nothing you can do with this), dandelions to name a few. We finally got some rain and I hope by mid week when it cools a bit, to start weeding.

  2. rickii says:

    First I’ve heard of the “Stuck Foot” meme: fun idea. The whites are my favorite daffys. I have Thalia and Mt Hood. I’m hoping they will increase in numbers so that I can spare enough for a look of abundance in a vase like you have shown here.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Rickii….I am sure they will grow in big clumps in no time…mine did and I love the look. Oh and the Stuck Foot meme is a lot of fun. I hope to do one at a favorite nature center in the future.

  3. Susie says:

    Great white blossoms this week Donna. I especially admire the smaller one tucked into the books. Having a single-color border is a great idea.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Susie! I also have a small red garden that has some orange in it as well…looking to make it all red….fun to try these monochrome gardens.

  4. Lorrie says:

    The Stuck Foot concept is a fun one. I’ve never tried it but it sounds like a great way to really see what’s in a garden. Your white garden is beautiful, love the white fritillaria.

    • Donna says:

      Oh so glad you enjoyed the lengthy post and the white blooms Lorrie…that fritillaria is one of my favorites in spring.

  5. Island Threads says:

    Donna your white garden sounds lovely, it must be a bit of a challenge sticking to just one flower colour though, do you use white in other parts of you garden? I can’t remember if I have seen it mixed with other colours on your blog or not, white gardens do have a wonderful elegance about them, the red twig dogwood must show up well against the white fence and look bright during winter, your ash is tall, I planted some ash trees about 4 years ago and I have been amazed how fast they grow, Frances

    • Donna says:

      It is indeed a challenge Frances. And you are correct about the red twig against the fence and snow in winter. Glad I added more. I do have whites throughout the other gardens although not as much as I should. The ash trees have grown about 20 feet in 10 years here…well established here when we moved in.

  6. Stephanie Volkert says:

    I love the all-white theme. I sort of do the stuck foot thing in that I’ll stand on my front porch and take photos, but not step off of it (usually because I’m still in my robe lol). I’m usually taking photos of bugs or my rhododendrons then, or the sunset.

    Visiting from Shine the Divine. Would love if you joined us at the Macro Monday Mixer over at http://www.allthevs.com 🙂

  7. Cathy says:

    How lovely to see your garden with a different sort of white now, Donna! And I am so glad I did not do my white vase as it would have looked very similar to your second one which in fact is especially gorgeous. Thanks for sharing

    • Donna says:

      Oh Cathy I didn’t even think of the other white stuff but you are correct…the whole garden was white just 6 weeks ago. I would have loved to have seen your white vase as well!

  8. susan troccolo says:

    Like Rickii, the white daffs, especially if they have are ruffled or have a touch of peach of the edges are my favorites too. I am nuts about your white picket fences and gates, so crisp and clean looking: a perfect backdrop for your garden. Are they painted wood or a composite of some kind. I’d just be interested to know because I’d love to put up the same. Regarding the weather, National Public Radio had a scientist on who called it “GLOBAL WEIRDING.” That helps to explain it to the non-believers who only look at the cold.

    • Donna says:

      The fence, gates and pergolas are all PVC…with our weather they would need to be painted yearly if they were wood. I had fun picking out the fence as there are so many styles of picket fence out there as well as gates, arches and pergolas. I love the ‘Global Weirding’ idea as it explains it perfectly. Keeping you close in my thoughts my friend.

  9. Angie says:

    I love white gardens. They, to me, look terribly classy. A future project for my garden is to have a green/white theme in my side garden. The one exception would have to be my purple leafed Acer, it’s too big to contemplate moving now but I think it should blend in just nice – as the red stems on your Cornus do.
    Your white are is lovely and good to read that you have plans and I’m sure those pathways will enhance the spot too. Looking forward to seeing this progress as the months go on Donna.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Angie…I think foliage colors are important in a white garden and I love the idea of your purple leafed acer in your white garden…it will be stunning there with the white flowers.

  10. Eileen says:

    Hello Donna, your white flowers are all beautiful. I love the trillium, it is one of my favorite. Love the flower and vase arrangement.. Have a happy day and week ahead!

  11. Kris P says:

    The white flowers make a beautiful display, Donna. I particularly like that double white daffodil. The daffodils in my own garden are long gone but it’s a pleasure to see them in yours.

    • Donna says:

      I thought they would be all gone Kris, but there are some still lingering with the welcome cool down we are getting…and I have found a few white ones I may move to the white garden from other areas….

  12. Alexa T says:

    Fascinating walk into your garden, white garden… Lots of aspects and so amazing to see aspects by following a tree…. I hope that I’ve read correctly and I’ve understood perfectly the post’s content about the tree (following)… And all the white precious blooms are gorgeous… a post very creative and full of infos about many aspects!!! Oh, and the gazebo is perfect for warmest days of summer; summer that for sure soon it will come…
    Warm greetings… Alexa T

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Alexa…yes there is a group of us that follow a particular tree all year to observe it around the 7th of the month. And this post was look closely at one area of your garden…I am happy you enjoyed seeing my white garden up close.

  13. Carolann says:

    I like the all white theme. never heard of it now as would wonder what it would look all white.

    It is breathtaking.

    Awesome!

  14. Liz says:

    Hi Donna,

    Lovely, shame about the forget-me-nots, but at least they will seed everywhere in future… Just this time maybe not in your white garden 🙂
    I remember having a white border some time… I don’t think it remained white for long. Whoops.

    • Donna says:

      I do let the forget-me-nots to seed throughout the gardens and try to keep them at bay in the white garden, replacing them with a white variety….not sure the white ones will seed but I hope so.

  15. Cathy says:

    I really enjoyed this closer look at your garden Donna, and the vases are lovely… like you say, you are bringing the garden indoors and that is what I love about this meme. I am slowly finding it easier to cut flowers so I can bring them inside to enjoy up close!

    • Donna says:

      I was just thinking the same thing Cathy…how much easier it is and almost necessary…indeed necessary to cut and bring in many blooms each week…so many to share now.

  16. Judith@Lavender Cottage says:

    The moon garden is my white one Donna and I have iris ‘Immortality’ as well and a white daylily called ‘Joan’. Unfortunately mine is part shade and I’m always trying to think of things to add to it.
    Hubby has installed a couple of lights beside the moon I have hanging on the side of the shed and they illuminate the white blooms at night.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • Donna says:

      Yes mine is part to almost full shade so I included white flowering hosta…I hope to find and move a few plants here….I love how your moon garden is designed Judith especially the shining moon.

  17. Diana Studer says:

    the delicate little ones with well-read leather bound books is a delight. Slowly sorting my colours as I wait to see what the dozens of potted bulbs that lost their labels will give me. A guessing game!

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Diana! I love guessing games as I wonder each year what will bloom or what won’t …lots of surprises this year. Hope your pots give you an idea in the near future of the wonderful blooms they hold.

  18. DeniseinVA says:

    We’re getting the same kind of weather here. Love that term ‘stuck foot’, I’m going to have to do that this afternoon. Your white garden is a delight, and the gazebo, besides being such a nice place to sit in, is a lovely focal point. I like the pretty white fence and the pergola and gate also. It will look absolutely gorgeous when your native clematis grow in. And your vase arrangements? Have to tell you I always look forward to seeing them and take notes. My never ending quest to learn something new. Thank you for another lovely post and also linking with Today’s Flowers again. Makes me do a happy dance and with that I’m dancing on out of here so that I can get a stuck foot!

    • Donna says:

      You are too kind Denise. I love learning too and each week I experiment with the vases to see what will look nice and what will hold up in a vase. i really should start a vase journal…what last for how long.

  19. Carver says:

    Beautiful shots and a great look at your garden. I love white flowers. It sounds like the warm up was fast. Some of those temperatures are hotter than we’ve had so far although part of this week is going to be very hot here and then back to moderate temperatures.

    • Donna says:

      Carver, we got our cool down to the 50s and 30s…brrrr! But a welcome relief to much of my mid-spring garden which did not like the heat.

    • Donna says:

      They do bring a wonderful serenity to the garden…perhaps a new name for my white garden would be Peace or Serenity Garden.

  20. Sallie (FullTime-Life) says:

    The white garden is just beautiful. Here in Fort Myers we have the Edison Estates, which was Thomas Edison’s winter home and it has lovely grounds to tour. His wife had a white garden and it is still there .. very beautiful to see all the white flowers but I honestly think yours has more plants. (Of course hers is now tended by volunteers.)

  21. Leora says:

    I’ve thought about a white garden and what I would plant, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. I think what I like about white is it is supposed show up in the dark? I do have one white azalea now in bloom.

    I really love your tall, tall tree.

    • Donna says:

      It is hard to get a garden to be all white but half the fun is dreaming and planning….a white azalea would be beautiful…sadly azaleas don’t like my garden.

  22. Beth says:

    Your vases are fantastic this week – love the summer snowflakes! Your white garden is pretty. We also call them moon gardens as they light up against a dark sky. I had two moon gardens in different locations over time but once we did the major re-do last fall, I lost them. 🙁 I hope to find another location for a moon garden. I have a question regarding the meadow. Does your property end at the white fence, and the meadow is a wild, wildflower area? Hope your week goes well. I took my mom to look at an assisted living facility today. Thanks for your prayers, Donna.
    Hugs, Beth

    • Donna says:

      Actually our property goes to the end of the meadow and butts up against the woods. The meadow was designed and planted by us as a wild area….it is hard when our parents age. It was hard when my mom had to go to assisted living.

  23. nicole says:

    Your white garden is spectacular!!! I love the selection of plants you have growing in there Donna! I have a little area that I am doing in the same theme but I have a bit of silver foliage in the mix. You have given me some ideas!!!! Happy gardening my friend and thank you for mentioning the bloom day party…I will have to remember that and join along! Have a wonderful week! Nicole xo

  24. Andrea says:

    Oh yes your garden now is getting its life back. And the whites are so beautiful and very elegant. If i were you i will plant more of them in a bigger space, and the other colors will radiate outwards.

  25. catmint says:

    Hi deb, I love that you tweak and change and share the work in process. A white garden is very interesting and special. At night it can glow. The Stuck Foot is a good idea, it’s easy to get stuck in looking at the garden in the same way, and this can help us to see it differently. I’ll try it. The ‘garden in a vase’ looks great.

  26. Jason says:

    Perhaps someone will make his fortune breeding a white dandelion. I love white flowers in a shady garden. I tried planting a bunch of Trillium grandiflorum last fall (there was a sale) but there is still almost no sign of them, leaving me very disgruntled and disappointed.

    • Donna says:

      Jason that would be great to breed a white dandelion….I’ll take it! My trillium all took at least 3 years to show up…so I will bet one day in a year or so, you will get a surprise…and if you see them sooner, lucky you!

  27. Barbara Phillips Conroy says:

    So lovely to see your garden percolating away! The daffodils are grand. It really is the season of planning for the garden. There’s just enough outline and a few blossoms to encourage to really clarify what you want to see. So many really good white flowers – you are going to have so much fun putting it together – my favourite sturdy dependable is Aruncus dioicus – takes dry/wet/shade/sun/being tromped on by the dog.

    • Donna says:

      Dear Barbara, thank you for reminding me about this plant I have in other spots in the garden…it will be perfect here and I will be sure to add it along those paths I am designing….

  28. Karen at Lady of LaMancha says:

    So many plants I have never seen before. I am especially looking forward to seeing your native clematis cover the pergola. Someday I’ll have a pergola, but until then I’ll be enjoing yours!

  29. ann says:

    I really enjoyed your garden tour. So many bloggers, me included, love our flowers so much we often tend to photograph the close-ups, forgetting the garden as a whole, so it was very nice to tour your garden to see the plants, the structures, the layout. Very nice. Very Beautiful. And thanks for stopping by the Garden Spot.

    • Donna says:

      I have been trying to photograph the garden more as I love close ups too Ann. It does help to see what needs work and what works….right now the overall garden pics help to not show the weeds! 🙂

  30. Linda aka Crafty Gardener says:

    I love your white picket fence Donna … I think I have fence envy 🙂
    It is lovely to see your garden come to life. I must try to participate in Lucy’s stuck foot posts. I was actually out the back in the marshy areas today doing just that trying to get some photos of the horse tail, equisetum, but it was so windy, even the tiny plants close to the ground were blowing around. Not sure how the photos turned out yet, but will upload them to the computer soon.
    I look forward to the trilliums each year and yours are lovely.

  31. Aaron Dalton says:

    Not sure if you’re looking for other ideas of white-flowering plants to add to the garden, but if you are…

    How about:

    – Hydrangea quercifolia (oakleaf hydrangea)

    – Hibiscus syriacus ‘Diana’ (Rose of Sharon)

    – Philadelphus spp. (mock orange)

    – Baptisia alba

    Just a few ideas. I grow the first three and love them all. I don’t have B. alba, but I grow B. australis (blue flowers) and it’s one of my favorite perennials 🙂

    • Donna says:

      I am always looking for ideas Aaron so thank you! Sadly, I think the shade in the area will prevent me from growing some of these in the white garden. I lost a Mock Orange, and a hydrangea already to shade so I found sunnier spots and planted them again. But the Baptisia and oakleaf might flourish in certain parts of the white garden once I redesign the area. I adore Baptisia as well.

  32. Rose says:

    I enjoyed all these views of your white garden, Donna. I am one of those who tends to take mostly close-ups–partly because they turn out better and partly to avoid showing the weeds:) But a longer view gives a much better idea of what a garden really looks like. Love all your white daffodils! I was inspired by a garden I saw to create a white garden a few years ago, but then decided I needed some color, so I added some pinks and blues. Pretty soon I was sticking all sorts of plants in this area, so it’s no longer even a pastel garden, let alone a white garden:)

  33. Molly says:

    I always think forget-me-nots are the last of the spring flowers and it means summer is just around the corner

    Mollyxxx

    • Donna says:

      Yes we had a warning and frost overnight, but as sunrise progresses to 8 am, the frost will continue to settle so not sure what if any damage we will have.

  34. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    looking wonderful in white -I use white to lighten shade so was surprised at how much albas sparkle in sun p.s. could not help wanting to peek under the covers. And yes the books and votive a gorgeous white VOM

  35. Jennifer@threedogsinagarden says:

    I have tried rather unsuccessfully to create a white garden. I seem to loose my focus and other colors seem to worm their way in. For instance I have a gorgeous pink bleeding heart in my “white” garden. Why I planted it there I will never know!
    I love your vases of flowers this week especially. White daffodils and narcissus, hyacinths and primroses are some of my favourite spring flowers.

  36. c says:

    First I ever head of the stuck foot too, but think it’s a great idea! I’ve been adding more and more white to my garden but don’t think I could do all white. I am such a girl of color! My Mom loved color and it inherited it from here. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Apple computer! Lovely gardens!

  37. Indie says:

    What gorgeous flower arrangements with all those white blooms! I just love the Summer Snowflake, so pretty! I’ll bet the white garden just shines in the evening. I’ve thought it would be lovely to have a white garden (with some fragrant flowers, of course!) that I could enjoy in the evening. Of course, I’m never outside in the evening since I’m usually putting kids to bed at that time, but it sounds great in my head 🙂 I would have so much trouble restricting myself to just one color in a garden, though!

    • Donna says:

      I have a great view of the white garden from my bedroom and it does look wonderful…but hard to maintain Indie!

  38. Sara D.B. says:

    What an interesting post. Your White Garden looks wonderful, Donna!
    I hope to start a small bed of white lupins this year, but the seedlings (still indoors) don’t look too happy.
    Have a lovely weekend!

  39. Nadezda says:

    Very nice white garden Donna!
    I love white daffs, forget-me-not and especially white fritillaria.
    Your collage of white flowers in vase is wonderful, I think these flowers have long life in vase.

  40. Pam's English Garden says:

    I love the idea of a white garden, Donna. Your white blooms stand out nicely against the picket fence. I have similar fencing, so should plan a white garden somewhere. I have broken up the bright colors of the cottage garden blooms with patches of white to provide ‘rest’ for the eyes in the summer, as cottage garden colors can be a bit overwhelming otherwise. How clever that you made your lovely vases white, also, this week! P. x

  41. Ray says:

    Your white garden reminded me of a park in Paris visited many years ago: the Parc André Citröen. It has a white (or silver) garden, and if I remember correctly, a black garden, too. Nice to be back in New York for your blog.
    Ray

  42. Debra says:

    love love love white flowers. Your garden is off to a great start this year. Thanks for sharing all these beauties. I have only seen trilliums once when I was on a holiday in Ontario. They seem terribly exotic/lovely to me.

  43. Donna says:

    Very pretty vase arrangement. White gardens are wonderful. I designed one huge property all in white for an outdoor wedding. That was difficult since all blooms had to be open in mid July. At least your garden will be for the year which gives you a lot of latitude.

  44. Lucy Corrander says:

    White forget-me-nots! And I like the idea of a white dandelion. It would look very distinguished.

    So pleased you have made another stuck foot post. I must say it helps give one a clearer idea of the overall structure of a garden. I do hope others of your readers will take up the idea.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Lucy…I plan to do as many of these posts as I can….and I hope more will do these too….I will try to give folks a heads up on my blog next time so they can hopefully join in…

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