Shades of White

Local landscapers share their favorite white bloomer.

By Melissa Mauzy


Gardeners get ready to embrace a more toned-down palette in your landscape. Shades of white from crisp to snowy and ivory to dirty white bring a sense of calm and harmony. 

“The 'Toki Clematis' is a vining spring blooming perennial. Its large white flowers can be over 6 inches wide with complementary delicate yellow stamens.” David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest.

“One of my favorite white-flowering plants is the Oak Leaf Hydrangea. It has distinct textures, with flowers in late spring and early summer, and a bonus of great dark-green to glowing-red fall foliage. The Oak Leaf Hydrangea, with its large hand-size leaves, is an awesome plant to use in berm or screening plantings because of its large mature size.” Bob Graeler, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

“Wild Swan Anemone stands out over others due to its exceptionally beautiful flowers and prolific flowering. Its spectacular flower stems are adorned from June through October with nodding flowers of icy white with violet-blue undersides, and large yellow centers. A shade-loving perennial.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

“Our favorite white flower is Veronica `Magic Show White Wands'. This is a beautiful prolific perennial blooming late spring through fall and has one of the most pure white flowers we have ever seen. The common name is Speedwell. This plant grows in full sun, needs average well drained soil and gets 14-16" high.” Cathy Pauley, Papillon Perennials.