White Cottage Garden Plants for a Moon Garden

White alstromeria

White alstromeria with prominent bee lines

I prefer to use white flowers as an accent colour, but I know that many people love all white gardens (sometimes called moon gardens because of the way the flowers reflect the light). Here are some of my favourites – I hope you like some of them too. If I’ve mentioned where I photographed them, the gardens are well worth a visit. 

White delphinium

White delphiniums at Wollerton Old Hall

White iris

White Iris ensata

White rambling rose

White rambling rose

Posting this picture reminds me I didn’t share the pictures of white roses I took last year – I must make a note to do that!

White campanula

White campanula at Trentham Gardens

White peony

This white peony seems to be floating mid air

White pelargonium

White pelargonium with a splash of pink

Although this is a post on white flowers, I haven’t felt the need to be a purist – after all, what’s a little pink (or cream, or yellow) between friends?

Roscoea cautleyoides

Roscoea cautleyoides

White trillium

White trillium – a demure woodlander

White alliums

White alliums at Harlow Carr Gardens

White petunia

White petunia adds annual colour

White magnolia stellata

White magnolia stellata in full flower

Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal'

Anemone nemorosa ‘Vestal’

Tanacetum parthenium (feverfew)

Tanacetum parthenium (feverfew)

Today’s post is inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: White Flowers – why not join in? If I’ve missed one of your favourites, let me know – I may have a picture somewhere!

Those of you who love cottage gardens might enjoy one of my most popular posts – a Recipe For a Traditional English Cottage Garden.

48 thoughts on “White Cottage Garden Plants for a Moon Garden

    • susurrus says:

      Thanks – I imagine it would be wonderful if it was packed with scented, night blooming plants (Nicotiana, Hesperis etc). I hadn’t realised that petunias are more strongly scented at night.

  1. FlowerAlley says:

    i feel as though I just stumbled upon buried, or should I say planted, treasure. I LOVE white flowers. I did our church courtyard in all white. I see some that need to be added. Thanks for this solid gold post.

  2. tjparis says:

    A beautiful collection of flowers and your wonderful photographic eye. I love the rambling rose in particular. We used to have a similar rose which people called a “Dog Rose”. Is that correct or is a “Dog Rose” anything in particular? Best wishes TJ

    • susurrus says:

      There is one particular species rose (Rosa canina) which experts will tell you is the dog rose but for many people, dog roses are the wild ones, those graceful singles in shades of pink and white.

      • tjparis says:

        Thanks so much for the information. Canina – of course – Latin for Dog. Maybe it has thorns like a dog’s tooth? Anyway…very interesting. Best wishes. TJ

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