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How To Design A White Flower Garden

Hanna KielarAugust 16, 2019

It goes without saying that a white flower garden is breathtaking both during the day and at night. So maybe that’s why Pinterest searches for white flower gardens were up 167% in July. Yes, you read that right. White flower gardens are quickly becoming the latest landscaping trend to hit the internet.

If you’re looking to turn your lawn into a white work of art, here’s what you need to know to get ahead of the curve.

Naturally, white flower gardens are beautiful. But why are they becoming so popular right now?

Firstly, white summer flower gardens are simple and elegant during the day, but they’ll glow and radiate in the moonlight.

Secondly, homeowners are looking to brighten up their lives during the longest and hottest days of the year. Many homeowners are bringing white flower gardens to their lawns to spruce up walkways and create relaxing sitting areas. They also let off a cool breeze, which makes for a great addition to a patio or deck if you want to host summer dinner parties with family and friends!

What Do I Need To Think About Before Designing A White Flower Garden?

Designing a flower garden is so much more than buying flowers and putting them in the ground. In fact, it can be hard to pair different types of flowers together even if they’re all white. Here’s what you need to think about before designing a white flower garden:

Location

Though it may not seem like a big deal, the location can make or break your garden. When choosing where to put the garden, you should always think about what will be behind it. Dark backdrops look best behind white flower gardens because they can help make the plants stand out. For example, a white flower garden will look best when contrasted with a dark brick fence or green vines.

You should also make sure to plant your garden where it will give you enjoyment. If you want a garden to stare at out the window while you cook, don’t put it far from any windows. If you want to sit outside on the back patio and relax by your garden, don’t put it in the front yard or far from your deck.

It’s also important that you make sure to plant your garden near a spigot so you can water it often. You also want to ensure the flowers are receiving ample sunlight, so don’t put your garden in the shade.

Placing your flower garden where it works best with its surroundings is only the first step to creating an incredible, white flower garden.

Size

When building a garden for the first time, many people make the mistake of making their garden too big. Though a big flower garden can be exciting and beautiful, a small garden isn’t a bad thing. In fact, white flower gardens should be small, contained and calm. Gardening is meant to be fun and relaxing, not stressful, so don’t bite off more than you can chew.

First, start with a small flower bed and decide what dimensions you want your garden to be. You should start with it at least four feet deep to allow for varying plant heights. With more experience, money and interest, you can decide to add more width to your garden over time.

Overall, the size and border of your garden should match the scale of your surrounding landscape. So when you decide what works best for you and your yard, mark and measure your garden and get ready to start picking out what flowers you want.

Flowers

Now for the exciting part – the flowers. When choosing which flowers and foliage to plant in your garden, you should consider height, color, bloom time, leaf textures and growing conditions. Conduct research to see what flowers will do best in your environment by consulting fellow gardeners, catalogs, books and websites.

You should also research color pairings. Even though you’re designing a white flower garden, not everything will be the same shade of white. Some flowers have a cool white tone with silver leaves, and some flowers are creamy white and look best accented with greens. Foliage also adds more color and can be shades of green, silver and purple. Many gardeners even like to add subtle pops of color into their white flower gardens by planting daisies which have a hint of yellow. It’s important to do plenty of research about the best color pairings and then decide what you like best and what will work best in your garden.

If you choose to stay more traditional with your garden and refrain from adding a little color, you should play with the texture of your flowers to add more appeal. Implementing a variety of textures is good for a simple garden.

If this is your first flower garden, don’t get too carried away with planting too much. Sometimes less is more.

When you finally decide what you want to plant, make sure you design the layout to maximize each flower. For example, you should make sure to put the tall plants in back and the short ones in front. Though that may seem obvious, it’s a common mistake gardeners make. Planting the flowers from high to low will create more dimension and ensure no flowers are blocked.

You should also try to plant flowers in drifts. Drifts are irregular groupings of three or more of the same type of flower. They provide a natural look and show off the flowers in a better way.

When you finally decide what flowers you want to plant, it’s time to decide how you want to accent them.

Accents

Whether you choose to incorporate creamy white or a silvery white into your garden, you can accent your flowers with green or silver foliage. We’ll talk more about this later.

For now, think about if you’d like to put some of your flowers in a pot or planter. White flowers that look best when accented in a planter include lily of the Nile, scented geraniums, brachycomes and marguerite daisies.

What Types Of Flowers Are Best For My White Garden?

Hopefully by know you’ve learned more about designing a white flower garden and have some ideas in mind. Here are a list of flowers that will bring the best out of your white garden:

White Flowers

White Perennials

  • Birthroot
  • White nettle
  • Lilyturf
  • Periwinkle
  • Cranesbill

Best For Walkways

  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Evergreen Candytuft
  • Petunias
  • Lobelias

Best For Borders

  • Azaleas
  • Daisies
  • Gardenias
  • Lily of the valley
  • Roses
  • Hyacinths
  • Tulips
  • Snowdrops

White Foliage Plants

White Climbers

  • Moonflowers
  • Climbing hydrangea
  • Chinese wisteria
  • Clematis

White Shrubs

  • Daphne
  • French hydrangea
  • Variegated elderberry

Silver Foliage Plants

Best For Accents

  • Lamb’s-ear
  • Russian sage
  • Mugwort
  • Lavender-cotton
  • Blue Star juniper
  • Weeping blue atlas cedar

Now that you have everything you need to know about designing a white flower garden, it’s time to grab your shovel and gardening gloves. Get to work!

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    Hanna Kielar

    Hanna Kielar is an Associate Section Editor for Rocket Companies focused on personal finance, recruiting and personal loans. She has a B.A. in Professional Writing from Michigan State University.