This is your editor, Joseph. GPOD submissions are very slow this time of year, with most of us settling in to wait out the winter, so I’m taking a moment today to share some of my favorite white flowers.
White flowers are versatile in the garden, going with every other color and looking elegant and sophisticated when grown together. And, of course, they are wonderful for brightening shady areas and for gardens mostly viewed in the low light of the evening.
When it comes to white flowers, it’s hard to beat the great white trillium (Trillium grandiflorum, Zones 3–8), which is native to wooded areas across much of the eastern half of North America. The big white flowers are an iconic symbol of spring and thrive happily in a shaded garden.
Daffodils are usually yellow, but I think I like the white forms even better. This is the variety ‘Thalia’ (Narcissus ‘Thalia’, Zones 3–8), which is pretty hard to beat for vigor, fragrance, and sheer profusion of elegant white flowers.
Moon flowers (Ipomoea alba, Zones 10–12 or as an annual) grow and look like an oversize morning glory, but the huge, powerfully fragrant flowers open in the evenings to attract the moths that pollinate them. I grew moon flowers several years ago on my back deck, and they made sitting out there in the evening magical.
Anemone coronaria (Zones 7–10 or as a tender bulb) is a great spring-blooming bulb. The blues and reds are striking, but they look extra intense mixed with some pure whites.
I love crocuses, but so do squirrels, so I grew these white crocus (Crocus ‘Joan of Arc’, Zones 3–8) in a big pot covered with a thick layer of sharp-edge gravel to discourage their digging.
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