Transform your summer flower containers with the timeless beauty of white petunias. Explore rustic and vintage-inspired arrangement ideas.

White Petunias with rustic iron star.

White Petunias

Petunias are flowering plants that are commonly grown as ornamental plants in gardens and containers. They belong to the Solanaceae family and are native to South America. Petunias are known for their brightly colored flowers, which come in various shades of pink, purple, white, and red. They have a trumpet-like shape and a pleasant fragrance. Petunias are popular choices for adding color and beauty to flower beds, hanging baskets, and window boxes. They are relatively easy to grow and require regular watering and sunlight to thrive.

White Petunias are my choice of flower for all of our outdoor flower arrangements this year.

A Nostalgic Story of White Flowers

My mother loved decorating her flower containers with simple white flowers in the summertime.

Now, she didn’t always do this. Red geraniums were also a time-honored tradition.

But it was in her golden years when she rested upon this delightful, clean look of all-white summer flowers.


Well, white is simply classic and historic.

White flowers are stunning in vintage containers.

And white summer flowers are effortless to maintain. Specifically white Geraniums and Pretty Grand Petunias.

A Note To You: I am not a gardener. I love thrifting, antiquing, and decorating. Today’s post is all about using white petunias to decorate one’s backyard, along with vintage, antique, and thrifted containers to obtain a time-honored outdoor New England summer style. If you have any gardening tips, please gladly share them in the comment section below.

Historical Essex Green by Benjamin Moore

And when white petunias are paired with the color dark green, it’s a match made in heaven.

The white flowers are an ideal match and contrast with our historical Essex Green house trim and cedar shake siding at our home in Coastal Maine.

House with exterior cedar shake siding.

And I’m also using the same “Essex Green” paint color on a couple of urns, which you may see more of in the post, How to Easily Upcycle Plastic Urns.

I also painted this raised garden bed in “Essex Green” and filled it with white Petunias this year. See more in the post, My First Time Using a Paint Sprayer, What You Need to Know.

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Antique Garden Relics

You already know that I’m all about vintage, and I know you are, too, if you are reading this post.

So, let’s start by gathering in the garage and seeing what my mother left for us to play with today.

Rustic Lawn Stakes

From rustic cast iron garden plant stands, vintage pots, garden stakes, and even an old leaning garden ram, my mother had left it all for me to enjoy, as she had also fancied for years.

Read more in the post, Coastal Maine Heritage – Embracing My Roots.

Rusted Ram Garden Stake in Pachysandra

Each and every one of these garden relics brilliantly accents the white petunias brilliantly.

White Petunias in Pots

Rustic White petunias Summer Flower Planter

Here in the backyard along our stone walkway to the backdoor, I propped this antique garden planter with white petunias into the Pachysandra next to the old rusted ram garden stake, originally placed by my mother.

Friendly Tip! The cast iron pots I used for my white petunias are seriously old and have cracks in each one. However, these cracks allow the water to drain through the cast iron planters. If there are no cracks and/or holes in your vintage vessels, you may get significant water buildup and mold, as an FYI.

White Petunias with Rusted Star Garden Stake

The Cedar Wood Garden Bed I painted “Essex Green” is filled with Petunias and resides underneath the guest bedroom windows in the same backyard Pachysandra walkway.

I have high hopes that the Petunias will fill in beautifully as they grow and fill out over the summer.

Cedar Shake House, Walkway, Pachysandra. with white petunias arrangements.

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White Petunias Bouquet

Next, I created an outdoor table centerpiece with white Petunias in another antique cast iron pot.

White Petunias Centerpiece in Wrought Iron Planter Pot

Our outdoor table is a fully weathered outdoor teak dining set, very traditional for coastal homes. As teak can easily withstand the harsh New England weather year-round. You can keep the teak looking rich in its original brown coloring or let it weather into a gray finish, as we chose to do.

The rusted cast iron pot with the white Petunias is tastefully mixed with two outdoor oil torches in an effort to keep the summer bugs away…

Outdoor Teak Table with Summer Flower Planter Centerpiece

I love how these vintage cast iron pots have easily become rustic summer flower planters.

And all these summer flower planters match so quaintly with my Adored One-of-a-Kind Handmade Birdhouse Restored, too.

White Summer Flowers Rustic Outdoor Centerpiece

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Outdoor Pea Stone Patio with Teak Table Setting

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Maine Clam Roller

I arranged the next vintage white petunias planter around the fire pit with this old, weathered Maine clam roller I found in the garage.

Do you know what a Maine clam roller is?

Clam Hod Roller with white petunias and rustic garden stake.

A vintage clam hod (clam roller) is a 1/2-bushel basket constructed of wood lathes or slats used to carry clams and hold them for rinsing. It is typically used by hand-diggers, who lean on the handle of the hod in a push-up-like position, helping the hand-digger bend over less.

I even had to look this part up! I knew they were used for clams, but I never knew that the hod was used this way. Too funny!

Later in the day, my husband, Steve, lit the fire pit and burned some of the old, unnecessary things we had lying around.

You may see more of this DIY fire pit in the post, How to Build a Simple and Classic Stone Fire Pit.

White Geranium Window Boxes

The home’s only 2 window boxes, I filled with white geraniums, which took a bit of a beating in all of the rain we recently had.

But are making a quick comeback.

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White geranium window boxes

White Petunias Hanging Pot

Another favorite rustic planter I hung at the front door is this deep cast iron cauldron filled with white Petunias.

I believe this old cast iron cauldron is an antique bean pot.

Cast Iron Hanging white petunias bean pot on house.

I’ve had white flowers in this spot before at the front door, and they have always thrived. So I’m really looking forward to seeing these Petunias take off.

And I was going to share with you the two “Essex Green” urns displaying white Geraniums that I have standing guard at each of our front doors. But they took on such a trouncing with the two weeks of rain we recently had that they will need a little more time before they are ready for prime time here on the blog.

Cedar Shake House front door decor

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Now it’s time to water the white Petunias. Join me for a walk around the yard.

A summer evening in the backyard. The thunder rumbled in the background, and a few rain sprinkles fell, but this storm missed us…

Cedar Shake Home and Backyard Table Setting

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Kanda Candles on Outdoor Table

A Vintage Affair

If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with your friends who are also vintage enthusiasts.

Do you have a flair for all things vintage, too? I would love to see and feature you in our Reader’s Showcase Series. A place for you to share and be recognized for your talents and passion for all things thrifting, vintage, and antique decor-related inspired by your time here with Dabbling & Decorating. Email me at

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  1. Kathy Munday says:

    Hi Ann
    Love the white petunias. They are such pretty blooms. And the antique cast iron bowls. Oh my….. simple elegance. Your home and yard are worthy of a magazine cover!!! Gorgeous and welcoming. Happy Spring!!

    1. Thank you so much Kathy, I loved how it all looked last summer. I may do something similar again this summer I’m thinking! Thanks for dropping by.

  2. Hi Ann! Love all the white flowers with the greenery and trim. And the rustic pieces add so much character too! Now we need some sun to make those blooms grow!

    1. Thanks Molly, the flowers are actually doing really well now, I almost lost them but they look so nice now!

  3. I so enjoyed seeing all these green and rusty planters. Those white petunias really made your planters special. Memories are the best!

    1. Aww thank you Marlene, they definitely bring back beautiful memories. Thanks for stopping by today!

  4. Cindy@CountyRoad407 says:

    Loved every single one! The rusty goodness and the greens go so well with your home. Wish my hubs would let me use the firepit to get rid of some things. That would be fun but alas he’s a party pooper. Thank you for sharing these! pinned

    1. Oh my gosh Cindy, you need to talk him into it, haha. I love getting rid of old stuff like this, it’s so satisfying, LOL. Thanks so much for popping in today!

  5. Your mom was gifted creative! Love the iron pots! My neighbor plants, white flowers, exclusively, and I really enjoy it, but don’t have the restraint to limit my pallet like that. 😂 in Florida our annual growing season is December to May and I usually plant mostly geraniums and petunias in my pots and hanging basket as they perform well. The geraniums can’t be overwatered or they rot and both flowers do better with regular deadheading. Keep a pair of an inexpensive scissor snips near each area to enable you to keep up with it. I add osmecote to the soil when planting and a liquid bloom booster every few weeks during the season. Sometimes alternating with an all purpose if the plants starts looking weak and tired. those are the only tips I have to offer . Looking forward to enjoying your flowers this summer during our off season.

    1. Thank you for the wonderful tips Pamela! I appreciate that so much. I totally understand not wanting to limit your pallet. I totally get that. Thanks so much for your sweet comments.