5 Reasons to Consider White in the Garden

Do you have white in the garden? Every year, I buy a flat of white Impatiens to use in my containers and in spots throughout the garden.

White In The Garden

White Impatiens

White Impatiens


They add balance and bright spots, and you can usually get the flat at a discount as a loss leader at a big box store, saving money along the way.

Credit: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Credit: DK – Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

5 reasons to consider using white in the garden:

1. White is the color of purity and often gives you the feeling of calm and serenity.

2. White gives your eyes a break in an otherwise vibrant landscape or container garden.

3. White adds light to shady areas.

4. White can be seen clearly in the evening as it reflects the moonlight. Some even create a “Moon Garden” using lots of white flowers, variegated foliage, and silver-toned plants to enjoy in the evening.

5. A white border adds light to a walkway and can make an entrance look crisp and clean.


Double Impatiens - conside white garden - gardenmatter.com

One of the most famous white gardens is The White Garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, England. Inspired by this white garden, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, in Staten Island, NY created their own white garden and you can too.

Just about all flowering plants come in a white variety. You can always add white annuals like I mentioned above. Also consider perennials and shrubs which will add a nice structure to your garden and you will only have to pay for them once.

Here are a few of my favorites:

H. arborescens Annabelle

H. arborescens Annabelle

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Alyssum 'easter bonnet white'

Alyssum ‘easter bonnet white’

Viburnum Snow in Summer

Viburnum Snow in Summer

Sweet-Woodruff - an easy perennial herb to grow ~ gardenmatter.com

Sweet Woodruff

Shasta daises ~ white garden ~ gardenmatter.com

Shasta Daisies

Trailing Verbena ~ gardenmatter.com

Trailing Verbena

Using white in the garden has many benefits? Adding light to shady areas, a feeling of calm and showing up at night are a few benefits of a white garden.

White Rhododendron

white daffodil ~ white garden ~ gardenmatter.com

white daffodil

About Patti Estep

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  1. I am in the process of making my back yard an all white garden ( see my post Sissinghurst on my mind ) Do you know that famous white garden? Great post – thx I will be checking out the white flowers you suggest!
    🙂 Kelly

  2. There’s nothing like a white garden in the evening – so relaxing!

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