The Q&A Archives: white spring flowers

Question: My daughter is having her wedding in my back yard on Memorial Day weekend of 2009. What type of white flowers can I plant that would be in bloom for the wedding? Or any other suggestions?
Thank you

Answer: The following plants produce white flowers in spring:
Actaea pachypoda (Doll's Eyes, White Baneberry); Amelanchier species (Serviceberry, Juneberry, Shadblow); Anemone canadensis (Canada Anemone); Antennaria plantaginifolia
(Plantain Pussytoes); Astilbe biternata (Wild Astilbe, Appalachian False Goatsbeard); Ceanothus americanus (New Jersey Tea); Cornus alternifolia (Alternateleaf Dogwood, Pagoda Dogwood); Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood);
Crataegus viridis 'Winter King' (Winter King Hawthorn); Enemion biternatum (Eastern False Rue Anemone); Euphorbia corollata (Flowering Spurge); Fragaria virginiana
(Virginia Strawberry); Hydrangea arborescens ?Annabelle? (double flowered Annabelle Hydrangea); Leucothoe axillaris (Swamp Leucothoe); Leucothoe fontanesiana (Drooping Leucothoe, Mountain Doghobble); Magnolia virginiana (Sweetbay Magnolia); Maianthemum racemosum (False Solomon's Seal); Mitella diphylla (Two-leaved Miterwort, Bishop's Cap); Napaea dioica (Glade Mallow); Hairy Sweet Cicely, Bland Sweet Cicely;. I'd also recommend planting both early and late blooming tulips (to cover the months of April and May). In fact, you might want to look through bulb catalogs to find even more suggestions for white flowering bulbs that you can plant enmass now to provide an entire swath of color for a focal point in your yard.

Best wishes with the wedding!

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