15 Best White Flowering Plants to Make a Garden Stand Out


white flowering plants

White is arguably one of the most elegant and classic colors of all.  A bunch of white flowering plants garden can bring in radiance and glow to your garden. Picking plants with different textures, heights, and scents can help you build an interesting and stimulating garden.

To build a white garden, you should consider planting white flowering plants that bloom all year long. You can have a mix of all – spring-blooming (Lilac), summer-blooming (Gardenia), fall-blooming (Crape Myrtle), and winter-blooming shrubs (Camellia).

Other than bringing a serene and calm vibe to your garden, white flowers also practically glow in the evening. This makes them a perfect choice for planting along pathways and attracting nocturnal pollinators such as moths.

All these flowers would complement the lush green backdrop of your garden. And in no time, you will be able to create a space that rejuvenates your soul. Here are some of the most adorable white flowering plants that one should definitely consider planting in their garden

Sweet Alyssum

white flowering Sweet Alyssum

Being an annual, sweet alyssum has an extraordinary level of hardiness when it comes to drought and heat. So, what are they really named after? Sweet alyssum is known for its honey-sweet scent. And while they are quite hardy, they are not frost-tolerant. However, sweet alyssum plants will self-sow and are capable of providing vibrant blossoms during milder climates year after year.

Pollinators also adore these. Also, they are quite versatile. You can grow them in window boxes, hanging baskets, or tuck them in a rock garden. All they need is full to the part sun along with well-drained and moderately moist soil.

Lily of the Valley Shrub

white Lily of the Valley Shrub

If you are looking for white and sweet-smelling flowers, the lily of the valley is another option that you can consider. These nodding bell-shaped flowers dangle from its arching branches giving the area a fresh and natural look. These bloom from late winter to early spring and usually prefer shade. Other than this, these are also moisture-loving plants, so be sure that you water them frequently.

Also, proper care should be taken, as all parts of lily-of-the-valley are poisonous. So, ensure that they are kept away from children’s and pets’ reach.

White Hyacinth

White Hyacinth

Hyacinths offer an intense fragrance along with spikes of vibrant, dense flowers. Whether you wish to plant them in pots or straight in the ground, they are quite easy to grow. Consider planting them in early fall as watch the emerging shoots during the spring season.

Trying picking a spot that offers full sun to partial shade to them and soil that is well-drained and loose. Also, hyacinths are rodents’ favorite. So, you can consider planting them near daffodils that repel them.

Crape Myrtle

white Crape Myrtle

Depending on you prune it, crape myrtle can either be a large shrub or a small tree. It can be one of the most eye-pleasing white flowering plants during late summer and fall. Crape myrtles are also quite resilient, which means they can be planted at almost any time of the year, even during the summer months.

All they need is enough water to grow properly. They also prefer being in the sun and are also extremely heat tolerant. So, be sure that you pick a spot that receives more than 6 hours of sunlight during the day. And when it comes to the soil, crape myrtles are usually quite adaptable to most soils except the soggy ones. Well-drained soil will help the plant thrive and even help keep pests away.

Dahlia

white Dahlia

Dahlias look like pompoms glued on long stems that are enough to cheer up any garden. With flowers that bloom from midsummer through autumn, these are a great pick to ensure that you have vibrant blossoms even when other plants have lost their charm. Picking a favorite dahlia is similar to going through a button box. But at least we have a color finalized. White dahlias appear to be immaculate cotton balls!

Usually, they grow up to 4 to 5 feet tall and prefer moist and moderate climates.

Calla Lily

white Calla Lily

Although these are somewhat different from the typical lilies, the calla lilies are quite extraordinary owing to their vase-shaped flowers. White being the classic color, they are also available in other shades like yellow, orange, pink, and purple. However, white calla lilies are quite different from that colored varieties.

They are semi-aquatic, and their rhizomes are always looking for water to quench their thirst. And for them to thrive, you should pick a spot that offers full sun or partial shade and provide them with moist soil. Moreover, calla lilies can be dangerous if any part of the plant is ingested.  

Shasta Daisy

white Shasta Daisy

These simple white flowers with yellow centers will remind you of the sunny side up you had for your breakfast. Shasta daisies offer you lively and vibrant summer blossoms with foliage that can last all year-round. These low-maintenance perennials will help you fill up all the bald spots in the landscape and give you an abundant display.

However, they are a little picking when it comes to growing conditions. They would not tolerate soggy roots or standing water. Also, they prefer light shade as compared to full sun.

Butterfly Bush

white Butterfly Bush

As the name suggests, these white blooms will attract many butterflies and other beneficial insects to your garden. So, you can be sure that you come across at least a couple of butterflies if you grow these long panicles of vibrant flowers in your garden. Butterfly bush is an easy plant to grow as it is quite hardy.

Pick a sunny or partly shaded area where the soil is well-drained, and you will be able to have beautiful-looking flowers. But be sure that it does not like the growing conditions too much as it can be invasive in certain areas.

Snowdrops

white Snowdrops

Snowdrops are as magical as their name. These are known to be one of the first plants to bloom each year, indicating that spring is just around the corner. The foliage may start to emerge in the early winter month, followed by single, nodding, white flowers that may appear during late winter or early spring. While they can easily thrive once established, growing snowdrops from seeds can be a little challenging.

Established plants usually do not require a lot of care besides frequent watering. Just ensure they are planted in an area that receives full sun to partial shade where the soil is well-drained.

Sunflower ‘Coconut Ice’

white Sunflower 'Coconut Ice'

These creamy vanilla-white blossoms with white tips and black centers will have your heart. Although coconut ice is a fairly new variety of sunflower, they have become quite popular due to their unique looks. With one flower per stem, these sunflowers can grow up to 5 feet tall while petals measuring somewhere around 4 to 8 inches.

The best time to plant them is after the last frost of the season. Other than this, they prefer to be planted in a sunny spot. Also, be sure that the seeds are at least six inches apart to give them room to grow. They will thrive if the soil is well-drained and is not overwatered.

Gardenia

white Gardenia

With its glossy foliage and creamy white blossom, gardenia is an all-time favorite of gardeners. Despite their finicky requirements, Gardenia is still one of the most popular white flowering plants. They are cold-sensitive and may die if the winters are too harsh. Growing them in pots and moving them indoors during winters is an easy hack to avoid this.

But if you wish to plant them outside, they should be provided moist, well-drained, and acidic soil with sufficient organic matter. It would be best if you also considered pruning the bush once flowering has ceased. Usually, gardenias bloom from late spring to early summer months.

Hydrangea

white Hydrangea

These large globes of flowers cover the shrub all along summer and spring. Since hydrangeas are so stunning, they may seem high maintenance but are actually quite easy to grow. With so many variants, they offer a wide range when it comes to height. They can be as short as a foot or as tall as eight feet. The blooms of white hydrangea appear to be balls of fur.

Usually, they last for months if the conditions are right. And while blue and pink hydrangeas change colors based on the soil’s pH level, most white varieties do not rely on the pH of the soil for their color.

Daffodil

white Daffodil

Your spring garden will look as stunning as every with white daffodils. These are some of the easiest spring-flowering bulbs to grow. And since they are also perennials, all you need is to plant them once and reap the benefits year after year. Similar to snowdrops, blooming daffodils also signal the arrival of spring.

They prefer being in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. If you wish to have radiant and big blooms, keep them away from shade. Even partial shade can stop them from producing flowers.

Lilac

white Lilac

Lilac is one of the best white flowering plants that you can grow in your garden. With proper care, a lilac tree can offer you blooms for as long as a decade. They usually have an impressive height. Even the dwarf varieties can grow up to 8 feet tall, while the normal varieties can grow up to 30 feet.

This is the reason why people prefer to grow them as hedges for privacy.  While lilacs are quite low-maintenance, they do require regular pruning. Just plant them in well-drained, humus-rich soil that gets plenty of afternoon sun, and you can watch it grow into a humungous tree.

Annual Vinca

white Annual Vinca

Although a tropical perennial, annual vinca is grown annually in various regions; while they look similar to impatiens, they are a lot easier to grow. Annual vincas are heat and drought tolerant, making them a great choice for southern gardens. Other than this, they are also pests and disease resistant, making them every gardener’s favorite.

All they need is full sun along with well-drained soil to thrive. And while there are a bunch of pastels shades to choose from, the white varieties are hard to top.

Conclusion on 15 Best White Flowering Plants

These are some classic and some unique white-flowering plants that will instantly brighten up any shady corners in your garden. Not to mention the luminescent blooms that will exhibit a subtle glow on a moonlit night!

It’s nice to know what white flowers you can use but you can also use all red flowers, blue flowers, purple flowers, orange flowers, and even roses so check out those articles by clicking the links

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Tony O'Neill

I am Tony O'Neill, A full-time firefighter, and professional gardener. I have spent most of my life gardening. From the age of 7 until the present day at 46. My goal is to use my love and knowledge of gardening to support you and to simplify the gardening process so you are more productive

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