I've always felt like I have so much pink and purple in my garden that I have been trying to branch out and add some more color. I've been working on adding more reds and yellows over the past couple of years. What I didn't realize was how much white I have. Maybe I don't really notice white as much in the summer because the only white flowers I can think of blooming then are my pure white 'Iceberg' rose and the mildew resistant 'David' phlox. But, now I've realized how much white I have blooming in the spring. Maybe because in the spring everything feels fresh and pure, and that's kind of what white represents to me. Or maybe there are just a lot of spring flowers that happen to be white. Either way, I've come to realize that white flowers can add a lot to a garden, brightening up a shady area is a major feature.
I've also noticed just how difficult taking pictures of white flowers can be. Here are just a few of the white bloomers in my garden right now.
Sweet Woodruff (galium odoratum) a great ground cover that will grow just about anywhere. Be sure you like where it is, because it really will spread. It has a nice scent to it. After it blooms it sort of fades away until next spring.
White bleeding heart (dicentra spectaiblis) a beautiful spring bloomer just like the pink one. I've never found any volunteer plants from the white ones though, like I have with the pink.
In spring you can't stop me from appreciating the individuality of the columbines. Maybe that's why I like them so much. Like people they're all different and have something special and unique about them. I just love the purple tips on the spurs of this one.
A bit of a beat up looking begonia. This one is in my shady porch planter. It has pretty bronze foliage. It's mixed with fuchsias, impatiens, lamium and I will add a couple more trailers as well.
Leatherleaf Viburnum (v. rhytidophyllum) has plain looking white flowers until you look up close at them and see the reddish center to each one. I'm still not sure how I feel about this shrub overall, the leaves are large and do almost have a leathery look about them. I thought it would eventually "grow" on me, but it really hasn't yet. It's in a corner near the cedar tree and so it doesn't really stand out much, but eventually it should get fairly tall. I guess I should decide soon if I like where it is or if it needs to find a new home.
Now here is the prettiest white of all. Gracie, our little white dog, with a fresh haircut! I wonder how long it will last this time!