White is my favorite color. That is why I write about it a bit more than I should. It seems simple enough to me. However, Brent says that I am a white supremacist. Furthermore, he says that I am white to go with it! More specifically, he says that I am white trash. I doubt that a white supremacists would agree, but I really do not care. White just happens to be my favorite color. That is why I got six pictures of white flowers for this week, even if some of them seem to be rather trashy to the more discriminating sorts.

1. Zinnia is a warm season annual that will now be with us through summer. I am none too keen on annuals. Fortunately, I need not work with them. Incidentally, the zinnia colors are mixed.

2. Petunia is another warm season annual for summer. Like the zinnia, their colors are mixed. Extra white petunia were added to the mix because I like white. I was uninvolved with selection.


3. Rose should not be as trashy as annual bedding plants; but this one is Iceberg. As if that were not bad enough, it is grafted together with purplish Burgundy Iceberg as a standard ‘rose tree’.

4. Azalea should be less trashy than rose; but I believe that this one is Fielder’s White. I am not certain. It somehow looks differently this year. Regardless, I like it. Bloom is deteriorating now.

5. Geranium, which is more correctly known as zonal geranium because of its darker foliar halos or zones, is actually Pelargonium X hortorum rather than a geranium. These are new cuttings.

6. Angel’s trumpet is perhaps the least trashy of these Six, but looks shabby now because it is blooming so well with only skimpy foliage. It mostly defoliated after transplant three months ago.

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21 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: More White Trash

  1. This is wonderful. I’ve never seen a white angel’s trumpet. It isn’t one of my favorites, but it does look nice in white. The white zinnia was a surprise. As a fellow white flower lover, I always enjoy these posts.

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    1. White is perhaps the second most common color for angel’s trumpet here, after the yellow ‘Charles Grimaldi’. I had preferred the single white angel’s trumpet, but it is not very fragrant, and may lack fragrance at times. Also, it is less vigorous, with rather bland and slightly grayish foliage. This double white angel’s trumpet has richer green foliage, is more vigorous, and is almost too fragrant. I am growing a few copies of it. There are also single pink and single pale orange angel’s trumpets here, but they are growing slowly. I doubt that they are as fragrant as the double white or ‘Charles Grimaldi’ angel’s trumpet.

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    1. Some flowers just naturally work well in white. Others are better at other colors. I can not figure it out. White zonal geraniums tend to hang onto their faded flowers, so need to be deadheaded. White bougainvilleas somehow get blushed if too close to those with bright colors. How does that even work?! White jacarandas are rare, and fortunately so. Their foliage is sparse and yellowish, and their form is upright and lanky. White crape myrtles just look shabby, with bloom that resembles overly buttered popcorn. Flowers that do well at white really excel.

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    1. Thank you. They are nothing fancy, but at least they are white. I was not certain that I would like the double white angel’s trumpet, but am getting to appreciate the fragrance.


  2. I have a small sea, two seas, actually, well, maybe two ponds… of Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum) about to bloom. Makes a nice groundcover in part shade, although if it’s happy can spread quite a lot. Not as regal as your Angel’s Trumpet, nor as fragrant as your Iceberg, but still very soothing to look at.

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    1. The Iceberg rose is not fragrant. If it is, I do not notice it. As much as I like the white, I am not so keen on the particular cultivar. The double white angel’s trumpet is almost too fragrant, but is not as pretty as it looks up close. It is in a situation where it can grow somewhat tall, with the big and pendulous flowers hanging downward. It is more striking than regal. I had thought that single white angel’s trumpet was prettier, but the foliage is not as green, and the stems are wimpier. It certainly has its allure too, but is not as fragrant, nor as flashy.

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    1. Yes, but your white flowers are displayed more spectacularly among other colors. Too much white can get boring. I am pleased that one of our landscapes here is exclusively white, but it is also within a small area, with narrow spaces. Out front, I will put a row of white agapanthus. There is no space for anything else, so the agapanthus will be on their own. I think that they will be prettier that way than if they had higher white flowers behind them. Other white flowers will be on the other side of walkways and such.

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    1. Azalea bloom was spread thin this year. They bloomed as profusely as they normally do, but some were early, some were right on time, and some were late. These aging white azaleas are probably the last. Iceberg rose will bloom until it gets chilled late in autumn. It is not my favorite, but it works well. The other rose that is grafted with it works well also. They just look silly stuck together like that.

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  3. I have never seen such a pure white geranium/plargonium Tony. Very nice. In the past I have shunned white as I thought it looked ugly when fading, but I think I have discovered which flowers to avoid now.

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    1. White zonal geranium is not as clean as those that bloom with other colors. They retain their flowers as they deteriorate, so can look rather shabby if not groomed. Because white is my favorite color, I know of several flowers that simply do not look good in white, or that look better in other colors.

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