Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Whitewashed Wednesday


I've been adding white or lighter colored plants to better enjoy our outdoor space in the early evening. Some recent additions include low-growing Bunchberry, or Creeping Dogwood. I didn't have much luck with this a couple years ago when I tucked it in the front garden. I think it was getting too much sun. I'm tucking this shade lover in a deeper corner this time.
Mystery plant has these sweet six-petaled blooms, a pale gray-green color trimmed in white. I planted these bulbs two years ago and don't recall them showing up last season. I hope they spread readily throughout the garden around the upper deck.
Redtwig dogwood is covered in these tiny white flowers. Not the showiest of blooms, but these plants are usually sought for their fiery twigs. Nonetheless, they are a welcome sight when the sun dips below the horizon.

11 comments:

Mildred said...

I love the blooms you feature today. I bet the white is striking in the early evening in the garden.

Grace Peterson said...

Hi~~ You know, I think it takes a certain level of gardening maturity to respect the white flower. It's like we first must cycle through the color-lust stage and once that is satisfied, (Come to think of it,is it ever satisfied?) then we long for the merits of tranquility and nothing says tranquility more than the illumination of white flowers during a summer's dusk.

Another advantage to white flowers is all of the variegated green/white foliage plants to employ as color echos.

My first encounter with white bloomers was the humble Feverfew. It is the quintessential cottage garden flower and sort of steps back during summer's sun-up, but at dusk, wow!

Darla said...

Very lovely blooms, the white does pop doesn't it?

Gail said...

I love the white flower of creeping dogwood....and the mystery flower is nice, too. I've read that white is a color that helps mitigate clashing colors....I will be needing more in my garden! I can recommend fragrant white lilies for the evening garden! gail

Tootsie said...

what wonderful photos! as usual...I still need to figure out how to get my photos to look so nice...
I love white flowers, but tend not to plant them so much, as we have snow here 9 months of the year...that's about as much white as I can stand to see! lol

Annie in Austin said...

My garden has some white flowers open and two 'Acoma' crepe myrtles in bud. Some of my white flowers glow at night, Gardeness - moonflower vines might have flowers in a couple of months.

I think your mystery plant is a kind of ornithogalum, either the Star of Bethlehem or maybe a cultivated variety. Here's a possible ID.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Tatyana said...

Hi Melanthia! Love your pictures! Your post made me think about my white flowers... Hmm... It looks like daisy and hydrangea are the only whites... and hellebore... I think I am not a mature gardener, yet...

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I love bunchberry. It can take awhile to get established. Mine has taken several years to really start to spread. I've been noticing how much white I have too. It does add a lot to the garden.

Daffodil Planter said...

What pretty choices you made! I have a weakness for white flowers and their radiance at twilight. One of these years I'm going to growing white Nicotiana for its evening fragrance too.

GartenGrl at Cool Garden Things said...

Very nice...I have also been bit by the white flower bug this year. There is a serenity and pristine kind of beauty in them.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Oooh, both of the dogwood 'whites' are lovely, Melanthia! I wonder what that sweet 6-petaled beauty is? I need to make a list of the 'whites' in my garden; there are probably more than I remember...I do get focused on the colors, but know there are a variety of whites for each season. I'm sure not enough to make me a 'mature' gardener, though;-)