Posted: 31/07/2014 at 16:03
White is not, always, an easy colour in some ways. 2 whites together or too close will simply show the other up as grubby.
I grow lots of whites.....anemones, dahlias, acteas, astilbes, astrantias, hellebores, gauras, Potentillas, dianthus, hebes, Veronica's, salvias, campanulas, leucanthemums....the best sort, of course ).....geraniums, echinaceas, lupins, delphiniums, buddleias, phlox, osteospermums, arum lilies, etc. etc. etc. Foliage as i white grasses, Heuchera snowstorm,whiteish hostas, white pittosporums....no doubt lot more if I think longer.
White is great for shade......or partial shade. A white hydangea is on my list for the autumn for a suitable spot. White can transform a dark area like nothing else can
Its not a cop out to use white. In the wrong spot it can draw attention to an unhappy/awful planting combination. White as a brilliant, in your face, contrast like guara corries gold next to purple berberis or as a softener as in white hellebore above a cream primrose in spring.
Many do not like white but I do.