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Some of the best white flowers and plants for your garden


Norman Winter is a horticulturist. He is a former director of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Follow him on Facebook at Norman Winter “The Garden Guy”. See more of Norman’s columns at SavannahNow.com/lifestyle/home-garden/.

Every year, as my son James, my color design guru, orders plants to use in his clients’ homes, from those that look like historic cottages to lavish gardens, from those by the water’s edge to those considered mountainous. The only color I can be sure will get a lot of use is white.

When spring arrives every year with all its glorious colors – purples, pinks, yellows and reds, the color guaranteed to catch your eye every time is white. Of course, a scientist would most likely say that white is not a color, that it does not absorb any other color or wavelength, and that it is pure.

Use white flowers along the edge, border or path to allow its reflective abilities to give definition at night.  Here, Diamond Snow spurge is used along the outer border with red begonias.

Pure and unspoiled goes with the bride in a white dress or the nurse in a white uniform. It’s like the morning when you wake up and see pure white snow on the ground that hasn’t been violated in any way.

Mother Nature does this in the spring forest. Dogwood trees seem to shine with their blooms, drawing our attention to shimmering, reflective bracts in an otherwise simple forest of green.

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In the landscape, hydrangeas reign supreme as regal native oakleaf varieties like Gatsby Gal, Gatsby Moon and are always guaranteed to catch your eye even on a moonlit night.

White flowers say planning and precision

White blooms like this year’s new soprano impatiens not only give definition to those more shaded areas of the landscape, but also provide a sense of cleanliness and purity. They also give a sense of planning and precision. In other words, the gardener knew what he was doing by carefully planting white.

Where possible, use white bedding plants such as Supertunia Vista Silverberry, Supertunia Vista Snowdrift or Supertunia Mini Vista White in the front of the border, along sidewalks or paths to define the start of the driveway. This brings the evening stroll through the garden to life.

This time of year, landscapes across the county are showing up with Hydrangea paniculata varieties like Limelight and this new Limelight Prime that provides brilliant visibility all day and all night.

In the landscape proper, hydrangeas reign like kings, whether they are varieties of the native oakleaf (Hydrangea quercifolia), native smooth hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens) or Pee Gees (Hydrangea paniculata). . Could there be a reason they named it Limelight?

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Since white is the last color to disappear when the sun goes down in the evening. If it is a moonlit night, they will reflect that light all night. Use flowering vines like Proven Winners New Thunbergia, A-Peel Coconut, or Bombshell White Mandevilla to add nocturnal interest as they give a vertical element when climbing a Victorian-style tower or trellis. This year’s new Fairytrail Bride, the first cascading hydrangea, can turn an urn into a living statue in the moonlit garden.

Virginia Sweetspire native varieties like Little Henry, Scentlandia and this year's new Fizzy Mizzy not only deliver white during the day, night, but also an incredible scent that everyone will remember.

While ‘The Garden Guy’ loves warm orange, red and salmon, if you walked on my patio tonight, Superbena Whiteout verbenas would be seen tumbling over the edges of containers and cascading down the rock face in the distance. It’s an all-weather verbena, offering vigor and large moonlit sparkling flowers.

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Make the garden magical by moonlight

The moonlit garden can be incredibly magical with the addition of shrubs with fragrant white flowers. This will be the place where childhood memories are made. Memories of mom and dad and what life was like back then.

Proven Winners has introduced the Illuminati Series of Scented Mock Oranges which will have three varieties with the addition of the new Illuminati Sparks in 2023. Then there is the native or summersweet Clethera, like Vanilla Spice and Sugartina Crystalina, which by the mere mention of their name says olfactory experience.

No shrub offers more fragrance and beauty than sweet summer or clethra, varieties with names like Vanilla Spice and Sugartina Crystalina say it all, promising memories for your children.

The shrub everyone is talking about, however, is Fizzy Mizzy, a compact, fragrant sweetspire from Virginia that debuts this year.

The moonlit garden is enchanting and magical, all it takes is a little planning as the prerequisite is the color white. Every aspect of the landscape can have white included. Here’s hoping you’ll give it a try.