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Hi image Am trying to be everso good and make abit of a plan before i re-plant some of my borders. Im incredibly faddy with colours, so to avoid any more costly mistakes, possibly playing it safe too, im thinking about adding lots of white flowers. What i would like to know is, firstly, is this a good idea and secondly, what white flowers would you reccomend? Im thinling of that rose William and Cathreine, but not sure of anything else image


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,151

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Depends how much space you have bekkie, I have phlox, gaura, and white roses. I put a strong colour usually a red or purple, to break it up. I'm not keen on a single block of colour, they can look good, but a single block always reminds me of a sheet of paper or a painted wall. I prefer a contrast.

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Thanks Dove image

    Sorry Dave, i can make a fair amount of space, the only issue is the aspect, as i use all of the good spots for veggies! image. The bed at the side is northish facing, gets some sun on the front half of the bed from midday onwards, the bed then turns so is eastish facing so gets morning sun only, sorry, should have said that i my first post! image
  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Gaura is pretty tough bekkie and would do ok there.

  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Geranium phaeum 'Album' is a good one for dry shade

  • franco6832franco6832 Posts: 105

    you can plant cosmos purity to fill up any gaps. very easy to grow from seeds and spectacular when in flower.


  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 3,502

    I have a 'whiteish' border that faces north too Becky, only getting sun from the east.

    So far none of it has gone to plan as nothing flowers at the same timeimage But these plants seem fine thus far:

    Allium mounts Everest and Blanc although admittedly leaning forwards into the light 

    Veronica Alba

    Obedient plant crystal peak

    Scabious alba


    white daffs

    camassia alba

    In the scrubby bit at the back white lamium and wood sage

    Everything seems to be flowering later than the rest of the garden, maybe that's the part shade, maybe just because it's me.

    I've also got an actea and white liatris but I'm not sure how well they are going to do as yet. The liatris was already flowering when I bought it. 

    The rest of the border is padded out with spring stuff, although I added some blue penstemons earlier this year (not flowering).

    Wearside, England.
  • I'm in the process of doing a white planting.  Mine also has some very pale lemon/cream through it.  Mine's east facing at the edge of a wooded bit and also extending so in part it's under the trees.

    So I wanted to bring some "light and bright" into it.  Here's what I've used:


    Lilly of the valley

    Vinca (white)

    Primula and primroses

    Anenome hybrida

    Sweet alyssum

    Dicentra spectaclis alba

    Solomon's seal

    white delphinium

    white veronica

    white lupins and very pale lemon lupins

    white phlox

    white liriope

    astrangtia major


    digitalis (white and very pale lemon)

    My approach to planting is to swamp an area with flowers to try to swamp out any weeds.   I'm resisting the urge to plant anything else in the bare patches.



  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    I have camelia (north not east as they dont like the morning sun)


    white anemone

    Both do really well, Ive got some of the other mentioned too.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    Gaura is one of the plants that I bought and put a pic on the Forkers thread. I love it's floaty nature image

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