For zones 7 and 8, gardening can be tricky. The heat, the droughts, the humidity…there is always something. However, the below plants are native to the South and all its trickiness. All have white blooms that will bring a hint of coolness to the textured foliage backgrounds. It makes a great formal garden to have a mix of green hues in the foliage and the crispness of the white flowers.
Actaea alba (White Baneberry)
Perennial herb with 2 foot stems, this plant has showy white flowers blooming in May. It fruits from July to August with 10-20 berry like fruits. Baneberry prefers partial shade. It's an old aborigine's medicine for rheumatism.
Anemone virginiana (Tall Thimbleweed)
Beautiful and unique, this plant has thimble-like green fruits. Growing up to 35inches high, it is a member of the Buttercup family. Blooms are 5-petaled, white, and usually one inch in diameter. Expect them in late spring to mid summer.
Anemonella thalictroides (Rue Anemone)
This lovely plant reminds me of a miniature Cherokee rose. A perennial herbaceous plant that grows to 9inches tall, its prized in woodland gardens. It blooms white from late winter to early spring. Root teas by Native Americans was believed to cure diarrhea and vomiting, although it potentially toxic.
Aruncus dioicus (Bride's Feathers)
These have beautiful creamy white blooms, flowering in late spring. With a height of 4-6 feet, these delicate airy blooms make a great backdrop for the property or as a border plant. Plant these in average moist soil and in partial shade for maximum growth.
Boltonia asteroides (White Doll's daisy)
This plant has large white flowers that look like daisies. They get from 2-4 feet tall and are very adaptable. They are good for naturalization and for attracting butterflies. Their white or pink flowers will bloom from July to September. Plant this plant in full sun or partial shade.
Chamaelirium luteum (Fairywand)
A perennial growing up to 4 feet with 6 inch leaves. Dense and spiky, it has white flowers that fade to yellow. It prefers early sun and has evergreen foliage. The name comes from the Greek meaning "on the ground lily".
Cimicifuga racemosa (Black Bugbane)
This perennial is excellent for borders with its tall spikes and white flowers. It is a member of the buttercup family and prefers deep shade. It will grow up to 8 feet and bloom May to September. Its root was an official drug of the US Pharmacopoeia from 1820-1926. Today it is a popular alternative to estrogen therapy.
Clematis virginiana (Devil's Darning Needles)
This deciduous vine is a rapid grower, reaching maturity at around 18 feet. It is a member of the Buttercup family, and can be found in thickets and stream banks. With distinctive string like seeds, this will bloom with white flowers late summer to fall. Its blooms have a faint fragrance. Plant this in full sun or partial shade for maximum benefits.
Daucus pusillus (American Wild Carrot)
This herbaceous annual has tiny white flowers up to 2 foot tall. It blooms from April to June and has fern like leaves. The umbrel turns brown when it's mature. This is in the same genus as Queen Anne's lace.
Erigenia bulbosa (Harbinger-of-spring)
This plant has white flowers with reddish brown anthers, wonderful fern-like foliage, and can be found in two counties in the state. It will bloom mid winter to mid spring, making it one of the earliest in the garden. "Erigenia" in Greek means "early born". This is good in with hostas. The Cherokee Indians chewed on this for a toothache. Rub a paint brush over these to help them self-sow.