The lone voice of horticultural reason

Don’t forget white blooms!

Too many gardens lack white-blooming perennials, annuals, and shrubs. Gardeners seem to dismiss white, considering it a non-color, and I can hardly blame them. The nursery industry is so hell-bent on creating bloom variations of blue, red, yellow, green and the rest that plants with white flowers are rarely promoted. Add to it the fact that those useless color wheels published in every gardening book don’t include white, and one can see why many gardeners overlook the purest of all colors.

If your garden strikes you as a blurry, jazzed-up mess, you’re not using enough white. Take a look at these photos of just two of my white bloomers in show this spring. Far and away, they have been the two most dazzling and lovely plants in my garden.

Don Engebretson
The Renegade Gardener