The White Garden Revealed

“White covers a multitude of sins.” ~ Jonathan Milne

When I first started my blog, I wrote a post called, Acceptance or The Lesson of the White Garden.  You see I had wanted a white garden ever since I moved to our current home.  And of course every year there is one plant or another that pops up that is not white.  The last couple of years it has been sunflowers that were moved to this garden by someone.  After 6 years, it is something I have accepted to see some color besides white in this garden.  And actually I look forward to the non-white flower showing up.  I even try to guess what it might be.

early stages of white garden

Creating a perfect white garden is not easy.   Of course the garden doesn’t have perfect white blooms.  There are some yellow centers as you can see in the flowers above. White is considered a neutral color in garden design, and is used as a  background for other colors.  So any color besides white shows up right away in my white garden.  You are drawn to it.  But I like the purity, the clean look of a white garden.  It  brightens up a space especially where there is shade.  My white garden is in part shade under a white ash tree.

Then there is the beauty of a white garden at night especially when there is a full moon.  I love watching the dark reaches of the back garden lighten as the moon rises each night towards its fullest phase.  My flowers almost glow in the moonlight.

One of the biggest challenges of a white garden is getting 3 seasons of  blooms.  I have continued to add white spring bulbs and flowers, followed by summer and fall bloomers.  I am still working on perfecting the succession of blooms filling in where there are gaps by adding flowers for that season.  You have to be  creative such as adding heucheras and hostas that flower white, but have different colored or variegated leaves.  It makes for a more interesting white garden when the foliage isn’t just green.

If I consider the snow in winter, then my garden is white for four seasons (of course not so much this year).

spring whites



White is said to be from the Old English hwīt.  Actually white is not a color, but most simply put is the presence of all color. Many consider it to be the color of perfection in perfect balance.






Various Meanings

White stands for wholeness, completion, openness and truth.

White is associated with safety, light, goodness, innocence, purity, beginnings and peace.

White is said to help clear clutter and obstacles away, and brings about mental clarity.



In English heraldry, white or silver signified brightness, purity, virtue, and innocence.

Medieval European queens wore white for mourning.

A white flag is recognized as a symbol of truce throughout the world.

The ancient Greeks wore white to bed to make sure they had pleasant dreams.


summer whites

Fun Facts

*The white ribbon is worn to denounce violence against women.

*In advertising, white is associated with coolness and cleanliness.

*White daisies are a symbol of loyal love.

*A white picket fence is said to surround a safe and happy home. (so glad I have one)

*White is the traditional color worn by brides in both the western world and Japan.

*White is a color of mourning in China and parts of Africa.

*You are said to be fastidious if you drive a white car.  That might explain why I only had a white car once.

*In general, white and pale flowers are more strongly scented than their darker counterparts.

*White teas are the most delicate of all teas because they use the youngest tea.

fall/winter whites



Commercially more shades of white are available than any other color.

White is used with pastel tones to make the pastel colors come alive.

When looking for a shade of white you will find some of these words used to describe the color white:  snow, pearl, antique white, ivory, chalk, milk, old lace, cream, linen, ghost, alabaster, whitewash.

Black by contrast is associated with power, elegance, formality and death.  Black can symbolize fear and the unknown, and has a negative connotation.


“The first of all single colors is white … We shall set down white for the representative of light, without which no color can be seen; yellow for the earth; green for water; blue for air; red for fire; and black for total darkness.”  ~ Leonardo Da Vinci


I hope you enjoyed exploring white.  I am linking in to Garden Bloggers Bloom Day@ May Dreams Garden and Seepferds Garten this Wednesday.  I want to remind all in Canada and the US that the  Great Backyard Bird Count is coming up this week.  If you can, join in anytime between February 17th and the 20th.



Winner of Seed Contest:

Thanks to those who entered the seed contest.  The winner of the veggie seeds is:

Holley at Roses and Other Gardening Joys

The runners up who will all be getting tomato seeds are:  Darla, Deb, Karin, Elaine, Jenna.  You can check out all their blogs by clicking on their names.  I will also be growing some of the same seed.  It might be fun for all of us to compare how the seeds do this summer.


News:  I have been asked to consider blogging weekly for Beautiful Wildlife Gardens.  To say it is a privilege is an understatement.  My first thoughts were where will I find the time.  Followed by I want to do this, but again where will I find the time.  Soon I will be back to blogging once a week on my blog once the garden starts. I REALLY want to do this so I have decided to give it a go for as long as I can.  I hope you will join me weekly as I share many of my native plants and critters every Tuesday.  My post is going live today instead of tomorrow.  Join me as I show you some of my favorite spring wildflowers.


Next Up on the Blog:   Next Monday I will be sharing a garden book as I join Holley for her Garden Book Review.  And Wednesday is Wildflower Wednesday.  I will be sharing my favorite purple native flowers.  Of course I will be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday.  So drop by to check out all the blooms this Friday.

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