There’s a reason why this hue is often viewed as a clean blank canvas, and the same also applies to plants – so what are the best white flowering trees to grow?
For some, their vision of the perfect garden is a swathe of colours. From a sea of purple lavender to the orange and yellow tones of marigolds, the downside of this type of floral explosion is often the maintenance that comes with it.
For others, white flowering trees provide a different route. While white flowers can mean different things to different people, such as purity, romance or even sympathy for a bereavement, this universal shade encourages homeowners to embrace the presence of flowers in a manner that doesn’t require as much upkeep.
An Introduction To White Flowering Trees
First things first, white isn’t an absence of colour – in fact, one could argue that it’s actually the presence of all colours. From a landscaping perspective, adding white flowering trees to your garden provides a timeless, classic and visually appealing way to ensure your efforts won’t go out of style.
If your garden is in dire need of a facelift but you don’t want to spend a fortune, investing in white flowering trees, plants or shrubs can bring new life to almost any backyard – but what are your options?
Frangipanis – As an icon of the tropics, frangipanis come in over three hundred colours, but are also regarded as one of the most popular white flowering trees in Australia. Mature frangipanis can grow to around six metres high and up to five metres wide, so it’s a good idea to plant them on the western side of your house to provide shade during the summertime. As they only grow around twenty centimetres per year, be patient when waiting for your blooms.
Mock Orange – As these white flowering trees are rich with nectar, expect to attract butterflies and other pollinators that are essential for any garden. As mock orange shrubs have a fairly quick growth rate and can gain up to a metre in growth every year, they’re an extremely popular plant to use for hedges and other garden screens. Although they are best planted in early autumn, these underrated beauties can be planted in spring.
Dogwood – Very popular in southern highland areas – where the cold winters and warm to hot and humid summers suit it – the dogwood has to be one of the prettiest white flowering trees available to grow. Although flowers can be pink or rosy red as well as white, the deciduous leaves turn a deep red in autumn before falling away for another season. Average, free-draining garden soil suits them well, on the condition that they are well watered in the warmer months.
Magnolias – In Australia, deciduous magnolias produce their beautiful blooms on naked stems in late winter to herald spring. Whether they are covered in flowers or their dark, glossy foliage, magnolias are a popular choice for Australian gardens and are even believed to add value to their respective properties. Although available in a wide variety of colours, the iridescent ivory of these white flowering trees add a true sense of elegance to any garden.
Hydrangeas – Not only can they be grown just about anywhere in Australia, they also flower prolifically in blue, pink, red and of course, the ever popular white. Hydrangea macrophylla is the most widely recognised species, and the mophead type has big round flower clusters while lacecaps feature long, flathead open blooms with bud-like flowers in the centre. These plants are extremely hardy, but do well in moist, humus rich and well drained soil.
When introducing white flowering trees to your garden, add a layer of mulch to help keep moisture in and weeds out. Not only will this layer help to keep your soil at its best, but it’s also a great way to improve moisture retention while encouraging the distribution of organic matter.
Protecting your new white flowering trees against any unwanted invaders is also crucial. Although healthy soil is one of the most effective ways to proactively fend off pests and diseases, tackling weeds is a whole other story. Introducing chemicals to defend them is no longer the preferred choice by a growing number of gardeners, so what’s the alternative?
Introducing A Safer Way To Spray
Bioweed is an organic, non selective weed killer that works fast on contact with the weed, in order to rapidly desiccate and burn even the most stubborn of plants. It can be used anywhere around the house including garden beds, veggie patches, paths and driveways, and is safe to use around children, animals and even native wildlife.
The best part? Bioweed is the brainchild of well established agricultural leaders Greenpro, and is backed by over twenty years of research and development. Owned and manufactured in Australia, the primary ingredient of Bioweed is actually sustainably sourced pine oil, and is even approved by NASAA, ACO and APVMA for use around organic farms and food production.
If you’re on the hunt for a pet friendly weed killer, or simply want to know more about eliminating weeds safely – check out other tips and tricks in our online advice forum, or contact us for any further queries.