Creating a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers can bring out the artist in everyone. When the flowers come from your cutting garden, the creativity level is kicked up a notch. A garden in bloom in pure, snowy white flowers is stunning and the types of bouquets you can create are limited only by your imagination. Whether you are combining white blooms for a wedding bouquet or for your own indoor enjoyment, there are many white flowers you can grow in your own garden.
For a long-lasting bouquet, the Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum) is worthy of consideration. Painstakingly bred over a period of 15 years by Luther Burbank in California, the Shasta daisy lacks the unpleasant odor of other daisy flowers. They are erect-growing and reach heights of 1 to 2 feet, blooming with the famous white flower with a yellow center in June and July. Cut Shasta daisies last 10 days.
For a white and fragrant bouquet, consider roses. White Romance, a floribunda rose, is a pure, almost silvery-white variety that was introduced to the market in late 2006. If you plan on growing this stunner, be aware that if the weather turns cold, the flowers may take on a pink tinge. White Romance is a repeat bloomer from spring to autumn and provides heavily scented flowers. Other white rose cultivars include Polar Star, a hybrid tea, and Fair Bianca, a David Austin shrub rose.
The carnation (Dianthus) is popular in bouquets due to its strong, straight stem and long-lasting flower. It is easy to grow from seeds planted in full sun in the spring. Ideal growing temperatures range from 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit in the daytime and 40 to 45 F at night. Carnations bloom from spring through summer. Two things to be cognizant of when growing carnations: do not overwater and do not mulch the carnation bed. Overwatering causes the foliage to turn yellow and mulch cuts off airflow around the base of the plant. Snow White carnation seeds are readily available at many online retailers.