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The Beauty Of A White Garden
by Jennifer Moore
by Jennifer Moore

email: moorelandscaping@sympatico.ca

Jennifer Moore is the owner and operator of Moore Landscaping based in Elora, Ontario. Jennifer is a talented writer and landscape designer providing unique landscaping services.

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September 8, 1999

Many people are constantly looking for coloured flowers in their gardens, yet a garden full of plants having white blossoms or a white sheen can be just as lovely. There are many varieties of plants that are in bloom right now - so many that it will amaze you! Various heights and requirements for soil, water and sun are necessary to keep them at their best, but it is possible to have an all-white garden throughout the entire growing season.

The plants in bloom right now are:

Roses

Hardy in many climatic zones, different shapes and sizes are available in varieties which include miniatures, hybrid teas, and floribundas. "Bonica" is one with soft pink flower buds that open to a soft white, growing 2' to 2 1/2' feet tall. A well-known hybrid tea variety, "John F. Kennedy", is named after the former US president. Another variety named after a well-known person, is "Lady Diana", named in remembrance of the Princess of Wales. All roses require full sun and rich soil with regular deadheading of spent blossoms.

Lilies

Many varieties are available in various heights and flower shapes. Lilies like full sun and well-drained soil to reach their maximum potential, with heights ranging from 2 1/2' - 4' tall. Most varieties have brown spots in the centers, but one variety, best-known as the Easter Lily is trumpet shaped in a pure white.

Feverfew

This is a member of the chrysanthemum family and is sometimes used as a herb to relieve migraine headaches. Feverfew likes part- to full-sun and has beautiful small white daisies that appear in clusters at the top of the plant's 2' to 3' stems. Removing the dead blossoms are a must as it self sows readily, to the extent of almost becoming a weed. It does however remove easily if it seeds itself too thickly.

Shasta Daisy

The hybrids are bigger and brighter than the road side wild "ox-eye" daisy. It likes a full sun location in not too rich a soil and can grow 3' - 3 1/2' tall. To acquire a longer flowering time, deadhead the spent flowers to encourage more blossoms from the side branches.

Astilbe

Thick, fluffy plumes rise above dark green fern-like foliage. This plant is wonderful with it's long flowering time, or even without it's plumes, its leaves are glossy and attractive to look at. The 2' - 2 1/2' tall plumes are held by rigid, square stems and therefore don't need to be staked. Liking full-sun or part-shade, it requires a moist and fertile soil to look it's best.

Musk Mallow

A charming cottage-type plant, the variety "Alba" is quite pretty when planted closely together. A full sun to part shade location is needed, but more importantly, it is recommended the plant not to be allowed to go for a long period of time without water. When a dry spell stays for a long period of time it will exhaust the plant, eventually killing it. Large buttercup shaped flowers adorn finely cut, dark green leaves throughout the entire plant.

Phlox

The beauty in "White Admiral" is unmatched by any other I have encountered. This variety produces large white clusters of flowers on 30 inch stems in such profusion, that it is sometimes necessary to provide support, or a heavy rain will knock them down. During the evening the flowers tend to have an iridescent glow to them, catching everyone's breath as they pass by.

Liatris

Creamy white spikes rise 3 feet above the rosette of foliage underneath. This flower is unique in that it opens from the top to the bottom, as most spiked flowers open from the bottom first. The 6 - 8 inch long flower spikes are so packed together up the spike, it is said to resemble a circular hairbrush. This plant enjoys full sun and poor soil with firm ground.

Lamb's Ears

This plant makes an effective groundcover with its grey, hairy foliage resembling the ears of lambs. It is said years ago, young children's were given a leaf of the plant before bed to stroke, to help them drift off to sleep. The flowers appear on 2' tall spikes in a pink or mauve colour, but it is essential that they are cut down to the base of the plant immediately after flowering, or the plant becomes very unsightly. It likes full sun and well-drained soil.

For the next two weeks, I will discuss more plants available to choose from with white blossoms, have white edged foliage or have a grey-white sheen. These include Hosta, Artemesia, "White Swan" Coneflower, Pearly Everlasting, Baby's Breath, Delphiniums, Campanula, Scabiosa, Foxglove, Hydrangea, Common Yarrow, Thalictrum and Physostegia.

Tip Of The Week

When using white flowers in arrangements or bouquets, add a capful of bleach to the water before placing the flowers. The bleach help to keep the flowers white longer.

Jennifer Moore

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