I started thinking about this when all of my white shrubs bloomed at once this spring. They are supposed to bloom in a kind of sequence. The absence of color was just as, if not more powerful, than a garden full of color.

Just the spireas–lilacs & fothergilla were blooming too

I know the idea is not new, but white has a symbolic power beyond the absence of color and I think it’s appropriate for our times.

The staircase at Chanel for the 2009 Haute Couture collection
photo via Chanel

A puff of dandelion seeds (plenty of those around here)

A lace table cloth


Nautical ropes

Weathered Picket Fence

Dodecatheon meadia–native and beautiful
Photo via Vanderbilt.edu
White wicker

The White Garden at Sissinghurst
photo via Meade/flickr.com

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3 Responses to White

  1. Chloe says:

    Nice pictures. Love the dandelion. I love white amongst the green of spring. There is a fresh, crisp feel to it… my mock orange and abelia are blooming now.

  2. Sarah says:

    What a lovely collection of pictures. Really does make you appreciate what white can do in the landscape.

    I’d love to see that white garden at Sissinghurst.
    Larkwhistle, a garden in Bruce Peninsula, Ontario has one and it’s lovely.

    I tend to be a little prejudiced against white flowers, (although I love them on shrubs!) and always gravitate towards deep coloured shades, particularly blues and purples, so thanks for this.

  3. Susan aka Miss. R says:

    Chloe and Sarah–it’s easy to forget simplicity sometimes.

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