May of 2013 brought some very strange weather — sometimes temperatures fluctuating by 30 or 40 degrees within 24 hour periods. Heat in the morning; air conditioning in the afternoon. New plants in bloom each day, and the sometimes frigid nighttime temperatures, made one think of snow. Pictured here are some trees and shrubs covered with white blooms this May that are reminiscent of snow gracing the branches. ...
If you enjoy spending time outdoors in the evening, consider installing a garden close to your patio, deck, or walkway whose theme is white. White flowers are more visible than others at night, and many are very fragrant. You can anchor such a garden with a small white flowering ornamental tree (Chionanthus virginicus – White Fringetree, a Virginia native), or a few white flowering shrubs (Clethra alnifolia ‘Hummingbird’, ...