WHITE TROPICAL FLOWERS FROM HAWAII

WHITE TROPICAL FLOWERS FROM HAWAII

One way of designing a large garden is to divide it up into a series sections often described as rooms with different plants in each. With this arrangement it has become fashionable to create a white garden composed entirely of white flowers. This article by Viet Doan which I found on the Dengarden website concentrates on white tropical flowers from Hawaii and contains some stunning pictures.

Hawaii is famously known for its exotic flora ? an astounding variety of tropical flowers in every color, shade, and hue of the rainbow!
But the islands also have an abundance of flowers in simple, plain white color. From pure white to creamy white, these beautiful flowers grow everywhere: in the gardens and parks, on the beaches, in the rainforests, or along the roadsides. White tropical flowers come in a multitude of sizes and shapes; some are native to Hawaii, others are introduced species.
To compensate for the lack of brilliant colors (as often seen in tropical flowers), many white tropical flowers have developed a unique characteristic: they secrete intoxicating scents. The perfume is usually released during night time, making these flowers more ?visible? and thus attracting insects for pollination.
Clockwise from top left: Sumatra lily, plumeria, pikake jasmine, white native Hawaiian hibiscus.
Clockwise from top left: Sumatra lily, plumeria, pikake jasmine, white native Hawaiian hibiscus.
Source: ?2016 Viet Doan

Note: The photos in this gallery are photographed at the author?s property in lower coastal Puna on the Big Island (USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 12b). The flowers featured here represent only a small percentage of white flowering species that can be found in Hawaii. There are many more! For example, orchids alone have hundreds of white color varieties.

Clockwise from top left: Mandevilla, bougainvillea, white torch ginger, 'Snow White' hibiscus.
Clockwise from top left: Mandevilla, bougainvillea, white torch ginger, ‘Snow White’ hibiscus.
Source: ?2016 Viet Doan

White Flower Gardening Tips

  • White flowers provide a ?cooling? effect for the garden, especially in Hawaii where it?s hot and humid year round!
  • They are a perfect choice for dark or shady corners of the garden because they magically lighten up those areas!

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