After Labor Day Whites – Autumn Blooming Plants for A White Garden

Late Blooming White flowers for your garden - Hydrangea Limelight by rochelle greayer

As you know — I love to tie garden design to other design practices…particularly fashion.  I had a little thought as I was driving through the country yesterday — gardens don’t follow the fashion rule about not wearing white after labor day. Plants don’t care about those rules and they just do what they want.

I tend to ignore these rules too (as I sit here typing in my favorite pair of white jeans) – so I thought I would share some great white blooming plants that come out and do their thing after labor day.

diamond ball clematis by proven winners

There are many clematis that bloom white and the most notable late bloomer is Sweet Autumn Clematis which is a profusion of flowers late in the season.  But there are other more refined white clematis and my favorite is Diamond Ball.

late blooming white flower - seven sons tree heptacodium miconioides from Monrovia - by doreen wynja

In  my own garden, the latest blooming plant of all is the Heptacodium myconioides (Seven Sons Tree).   It’s sweet smell and profusion of white flowers mean that is is literally swarming with bee and pollinators in late fall.  This is great since with climate change, pollinators have the hardest time withstanding very early and very late season warm spells when food sources aren’t as readily available.


What is blooming white in your garden — shockingly — after labor day?


images by rochelle greayer , proven winners, monrovia

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Nancy Goldstein on September 12, 2012 at 8:01 am

    My favorite color flower – fresh and elegant, and a must when lighting a night garden!

    • rochelle on September 12, 2012 at 8:15 am

      I agree Nancy — not sure I would have called it my favorite before my current garden but between the shade lightening qualities, and the crispness that it offers against the backdrop of pine trees…white is definitely my favorite too.

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