|Alyssum "Carpet of Snow"|
A few months later the camellias that came with the house burst into colorful bloom. Unwilling to uproot them, I relinquished the idea of having my own white garden.
But I didn't give up planting annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees with white blossoms. You see, white helps flowers with clashing colors play well together. Recently my golden native azalea and a nearby peach tree bloomed at the same time. Their blossoms competed for attention until I planted an Easter lily in their midst.
|These blossoms on a Red Tip Photinia are perhaps more champagne than white.|
Two years ago after returning from a trip to Japan, where I saw numerous Pieris shrubs growing near temples in Miyajima and Kyoto, I purchased a small one at the Charleston Horticultural Society annual plant sale. My Pieris is still small. I love the way the tiny bell-shaped flowers dance in the breeze.
Other white flowers appear in the herb garden, on brambles, and on productive fruit trees.
|Cilantro (aka Coriander)|
|My young Chinese fringetree (Chionanthus retusus)|
| Blossoms on a fringetree at Brookgreen Gardens|
Last week I went to Brookgreen Gardens to hear my poet friends Susan Laughter Meyers and Libby Bernadin read. While there, I saw gorgeous fringetrees covered in blooms. I expect these were the native Chionanthus virginicus.
|Fragrant Meyer lemon blossoms|
|Lady Banks rose|
|Azalea "Mrs. G.G. Gerbing"|
|Backlit white daffodils|
With the exception of my photograph of the fringetree at Brookgreen, all the pictures in this blog post are ones I took of blooms in my yard this month. My favorite white flower, the moonflower, is absent. I don't expect to see it again until July.