60 Plants with White Flowers to Create Tranquil Garden Spaces

Peony plant covered with lush white flowers near a paved garden path.
My Garden Life
February 7, 2024
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The color white invokes a sense of cleanliness, coolness, purity, and calmness. It’s a “blank canvas” that combines effortlessly with other colors. When positioned next to a brightly colored flowers, white blooms create high contrast and give a boost to less vibrant colors, such as dark purple, that might otherwise blend into the shadows. Used in a large quantity, white flowers tone down an overall color scheme and bring a welcome feeling of coolness and serenity that’s especially soothing during the hot days of summer.

Beyond the versatility of white flowers in landscape design, plants with white flowers attract pollinators other than bees and butterflies. They support a wide range of flies and beetles and, because of their visibility in the darkness, they may also entice nocturnal pollinators such as moths and bats.

A small orange-brown moth feeds on the nectar of a white zinnia flower.

It’s also not unusual for white flowers to be exceptionally fragrant compared to more colorful flowers. The scent is an attractant for many pollinators. What white flowers lack in color pizzazz, they make up for in fragrance. In past centuries, and right up to the present, some of the most popular floral notes for perfumes come from the intensely fragrant white flowers of the gardenia, jasmine, stephanotis, and lily-of-the-valley

Perennial white flowers can be enjoyed year after year and require less maintenance than annual flowers. However, annuals add a pop of instant color, bloom all summer long, and you can easily experiment with new flower varieties every year, or even change your mind in the same season!

Here are suggestions for popular white flowers based on the plant’s size and whether they are annual or perennial. Discover how easy it is to bring the cool, calming effects of white into your landscape! 

Tall Perennial White Flowers 

Tall flowering perennials can be used to create a dramatic and colorful background for shorter plants. Use a clump to create a strong focal point for a corner or in the center of an “island” planting. Tall plants also have the advantage of bringing the beauty of flowers closer to eye-level.

Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead ‘Miss Manners’ (Physostegia virginiana)

Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead ‘Miss Manners’ (Physostegia virginiana)

The ‘Miss Manners’ obedient plant produces white funnel-shaped flowers against dark green, glossy foliage. Plants are non-invasive and clump forming. Called “obedient” because blooms will stay in any position they are moved to. U.S. Plant Patent #12,637. Nice for planting in garden borders and larger patio containers. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Shrubby Cinquefoil ‘Abbotswood’ (Potentilla fruticosa)

Shrubby Cinquefoil ‘Abbotswood’ (Potentilla fruticosa)

Extremely hardy, versatile and low maintenance shrub. Valuable spreading shrub bears very nice, large white flowers for a long period. Dark blue-green foliage looks great in the landscape. Excellent for use in difficult spots where nothing else can survive. Wonderful for mixed borders and rock gardens. Group plants to create a shrub border or on sloped areas for erosion control.
Moon Carrot (Siseli gummiferum)

Moon Carrot (Siseli gummiferum)

This is a great plant for serious gardeners looking for something unique. Moon Carrot is a biennial. The first year it produces a glowing rosette of shimmering gray-green foliage. The leaves are deeply cut with a lacey-look similar to the foliage of a carrot. The following season tall stems appear topped by orbs of small flowers. Especially nice planted near a patio, deck or porch. It adds a welcome glow to the surroundings when entertaining at night.
Fragrant Hosta (Hosta plantaginea)

Fragrant Hosta (Hosta plantaginea)

The fragrant hosta species sports large showy blossoms, white rather than the usual purple, that will fill the garden with a scent reminiscent of honeysuckle. Furthermore, this fragrant hosta blooms in August, rather than early summer, and its flowers open in the afternoon and evening rather than first thing in the morning. Hummingbirds love this plant! Ideal for shade gardens, woodland landscapes, and foundation plantings. Especially nice in a moonlit garden.
Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum multiflorum)

Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum multiflorum)

An elegant choice for shaded locations. Graceful ,arched stems produce dangling bell-shaped flowers in spring followed by small, round fruits. The vertical habit and broad foliage add wonderful height and texture to the garden. Makes a great focal point for a mixed container planting. Beautiful in shady borders and woodland gardens. Perfectly suited to informal, naturalized settings. Effective under trees where lawn has difficulty establishing.
Common Coneflower ‘White Swan’ (Echinacea purpurea)

Common Coneflower ‘White Swan’ (Echinacea purpurea)

Showy white daisies with a coppery cone bloom in midsummer. Seed heads are attractive in autumn and winter. The flowers attract butterflies to the garden! Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets. Perfectly suited to informal, naturalized settings.
Yarrow, Sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica)

Yarrow, Sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica)

The dainty blooms of Achillea ptarmica remind one of miniature white chrysanthemums. The flowers are abundant and long-lived, held above fine feathery foliage. Yarrow provides a long-lasting display with minimal care. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. The cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets. Terrific plant for butterfly gardens.
Garden Peony, Chinese Peony (Paeonia lactiflora)

Garden Peony, Chinese Peony (Paeonia lactiflora)

Large, lush blooms bring grace, beauty and often fragrance to the late spring and early summer garden. Varieties are available that offer single, semi-double or double blooms in a range of shades. Excellent for planting along a fence, wall, foundation, or in a mixed flower border. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum)

Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum)

This is the classic, cheerful daisy with white petals and a yellow center. Shasta daisies have a long bloom period to bring a long season of color to beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Shasta daisies can also be grown in containers. The cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Gooseneck Loosestrife, Sheperd’s Crook (Lysimachia clethroides)

Gooseneck Loosestrife, Sheperd’s Crook (Lysimachia clethroides)

Gooseneck loosestrife gets its common name from the curving spikes of small, tightly packed white flowers that gracefully arc like a goose’s neck. Plants produces dark green, lance shaped leaves and flowers over a long season. Gooseneck loosestrife spreads vigorously by root so give it some space or grow in a large pot. Appropriate for mixed borders, near water, and in damp woodland settings.
White Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum)

White Snakeroot (Eupatorium rugosum)

White snakeroot produces attractive chocolate-brown foliage with green and chocolate leaf undersides and stems. The leaves contrast beautifully with puffy white clouds of blooms. A must-have for your pollinator garden. Butterflies love the flowers! Makes a dependable mixed border plant. Perfectly suited to informal, naturalized settings. Especially nice in waterside gardens.
Goat’s Beard (Aruncus dioicus)

Goat’s Beard (Aruncus dioicus)

Goat’s beard produces large, loose, feathery plumes of creamy-white that are held high above rich green foliage. When goat’s beard is in bloom it lends a light, airy appearance to the garden. A perfect choice for brightening lifeless shaded areas. Appropriate near water and in damp woodland settings. Superb backing plant for mixed borders. Excellent cut flowers for fresh or dried arrangements.

Medium Height Perennial White Flowers

Medium-height perennial flowers are the perfect filler between taller perennials or shrubs and lower, edging plants. They can also be planted in a row along a wall or fence to create a dense flow of color in an otherwise barren setting. Medium-sized perennials are useful for foundation plantings where you don’t want the view of your home overwhelmed with plantings.

Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila paniculata)

Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila paniculata)

Baby’s breath is familiar to many as a result of its popularity as a “filler” in cut floral arrangements. Countless tiny blossoms seem to float amidst a delicate tangle of stems. Lends a light, airy appearance to the garden and fills in space among more substantial plants. An ideal choice for beds and borders. Excellent cut flowers for fresh or dried arrangements.
Dwarf Astilbe ‘Vision in White’ (Astilbe chinensis)

Dwarf Astilbe ‘Vision in White’ (Astilbe chinensis)

One of the best perennials for long-lasting interest. The intricate foliage lends a light, airy appearance to the garden all season long. Produces long-lasting white flower plumes sure to brighten up shady locations. U.S. Plant Patent # 18,965. Makes a dependable mixed border plant. Looks great in woodland settings. Ideal for specimen, foundations, and mass plantings. Especially nice in waterside gardens.
Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead ‘Crystal Peak White’ (Physostegia virginiana)

Obedient Plant, False Dragonhead ‘Crystal Peak White’ (Physostegia virginiana)

Graceful spikes of tubular white flowers slightly resemble snapdragon flowers. This plant is called “obedient” because blooms moved gently to one side will stay in that position. Plants bloom over a long season from midsummer to autumn. Effective in borders and cutting gardens. Nice for larger patio containers. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
White Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart, Lyre Flower ‘Alba’ (Dicentra spectabilis)

White Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart, Lyre Flower ‘Alba’ (Dicentra spectabilis)

A beautiful variation on a familiar perennial garden favorite. Gracefully arching stems carry white, locket-shaped flowers. Best if sheltered from strong winds. Foliage may die back by midsummer, so plant amongst later maturing companions to fill the void. Beautiful in shady borders and woodland gardens. Combines well with Hosta in woodland gardens.
Stonecrop, Upright Sedum ‘Frosty Morn’ (Sedum hybrid)

Stonecrop, Upright Sedum ‘Frosty Morn’ (Sedum hybrid)

A low-maintenance selection with eye-catching foliage. Succulent gray-green foliage is edged with creamy white. Clusters of pinkish white blooms attract butterflies to the garden. Sedums are classic plants for rock gardens! Makes a dependable mixed border plant. Combines beautifully with small ornamental grasses.
Lenten Rose, Christmas Rose, Hellebore (Helleborus species)

Lenten Rose, Christmas Rose, Hellebore (Helleborus species)

Hellebore’s dense growing, palmate foliage brings lush coverage to shady gardens. Large, yet elegant saucer to cup-like blooms appear anywhere from late winter to mid-spring depending on the variety and your garden zone. The evergreen foliage is a welcome sight in the winter landscape. Beautiful in shady borders and woodland gardens. Looks great in rock gardens and informal, naturalized settings.
Snow-on-the-Mountain ‘Variegatum’ (Aegopodium podagraria)

Snow-on-the-Mountain ‘Variegatum’ (Aegopodium podagraria)

One of the fastest growing groundcovers available! Valued for its handsome green and white foliage. White flower clusters in early summer may be removed if desired. Excellent for use in difficult spots where nothing else can survive. A reliable groundcover for any location. Great for erosion control on steep banks and rough slopes.
Foamflower, Allegheny Foamflower, Heartleaf Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)

Foamflower, Allegheny Foamflower, Heartleaf Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)

Foamflower’s lush mounds of attractive foliage provide a beautiful backdrop to slender stems of foamy white to pink blooms. These North American woodland natives pair well with companions with broad or ferny leaf. Beautiful in shady borders and woodland gardens. Especially nice in waterside gardens. Best planted in groups.
Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)

Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)

A low mat of evergreen foliage produces clusters of pure white flowers that sometimes surprise by shading to lilac as they mature. A quick shearing after blooming is all it takes to keep Iberis lush and compact. Perfectly sized for rock gardens, border fronts, and growing in containers.
Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)

Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)

Sweet woodruff produces a lush mass of grassy scented foliage topped with clusters of tiny fragrant white flowers in late spring and early summer. Makes a carefree groundcover and adds a lovely fragrance to your garden. An excellent spreading groundcover for shady borders or woodland gardens. Effective under trees where lawn has difficulty establishing. Leaves are sometimes used to flavor wines and liquors or dried for use in potpourri.
Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum)

Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum)

Starry white blooms and thin, woolly leaves combine in icy beauty. This mountain native brings soft, delicate texture and cool contrast to rock gardens and mixed plantings. Reliable plants for rock gardens, alpine troughs, patio containers, and border edges. Charming when tucked into rock crevices or walls.
Snow Drop Anemone (Anemone sylvestris)

Snow Drop Anemone (Anemone sylvestris)

Snow drop anemone produces sweetly fragrant, large white flowers on gracefully arching stems. Blooms are followed by interesting white seed heads. One of the least demanding, most satisfying perennials in the garden. Excellent for borders, rock gardens, or mass plantings. Perfect for all kinds of containers. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.

Short Perennial White Flowers

Short perennials with white flowers bring color and interest along the edges of a large flower border. Use them as an edging plant along pavement or gravel paths, walkways, or a patio. Many are appropriate for use in containers, either solo or mixed with other plants.

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Bloodroot is a charming woodland plant, native to deciduous forests of North America. One of the most interesting things about the bloodroot plant is its red sap that is the source of its common name “bloodroot”. The blood-red sap is found throughout the plant but is most concentrated in the roots. It can be used as a dye for baskets or fabrics and has a long history of medicinal uses by indigenous people and early colonists.
White Creeping Thyme ‘Albus’ (Thymus praecox)

White Creeping Thyme ‘Albus’ (Thymus praecox)

A beautiful carpet of fragrant foliage covered by clusters of tiny white flowers over a long season in summer. Attracts bees and butterflies to the garden. Makes a wonderfully fragrant groundcover. Looks great spilling over container edges. Attractive in rock gardens and between stepping stones. Wash fruits, vegetables and herbs thoroughly before eating.
White Cranesbill ‘Album’ (Geranium sanguineum)

White Cranesbill ‘Album’ (Geranium sanguineum)

White cranesbill produces pure white, cup-shaped blooms above a mound of finely-cut leaves. The foliage turns deep red in autumn for added color in the garden. A winter hardy and heat tolerant selection. Excellent for borders, rock gardens, or mass plantings. A reliable groundcover for any location. Best planted in groups.
Alpine Rock Cress ‘Snowfix’ (Arabis caucasica)

Alpine Rock Cress ‘Snowfix’ (Arabis caucasica)

This dependable selection forms a low carpet of evergreen foliage. Clusters of dainty, pure white flowers early in the season. Easy to grow and very rewarding. Charming when tucked into rock crevices or walls. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Best planted in groups.
White Muscari, White Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)

White Muscari, White Grape Hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum)

A lovely white version of the familiar grape hyacinth. Produces tight clusters of tiny, bell-like blooms that resemble a cluster of grapes. These spring bloomers spread easily, but once done flowering the grassy foliage blends quietly into the background. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Makes a good small scale groundcover.
Lamium, Spotted Deadnettle ‘White Nancy’ (Lamium maculatum)

Lamium, Spotted Deadnettle ‘White Nancy’ (Lamium maculatum)

Glowing silver foliage complemented by hooded, white flowers brings light to shady locations. Foliage retains its good looks from early spring through the autumn. Vigorous, spreading plants are easy to grow and make a reliable groundcover for any location. Effective under trees where lawn has difficulty establishing.
Foamflower (Tiarella wherryi)

Foamflower (Tiarella wherryi)

An impressive show of airy white flowers in spring and early summer. Continues blooming on and off the rest of summer until frost. Handsome maple-like foliage turns a beautiful red color in autumn. Beautiful in shady borders and woodland gardens. Especially nice in waterside gardens. Best planted in groups.
White Rain Flower, Rain Lily (Zephyranthes candida)

White Rain Flower, Rain Lily (Zephyranthes candida)

Rain flowers are native to marsh areas and near river ways in South America. They grow from bulbs and can be easily tucked in among a rock garden, narrow nooks along pavement, or grown in a container to accent a patio table. In areas with hard winters the bulbs can be lifted after the first frost and stored in a cool, dry location to replant in the spring. Perennial in warm climates.
Moss Sandwort (Arenaria verna)

Moss Sandwort (Arenaria verna)

A wonderful solution for filling in spaces between rocks or walkway pavers. From the distance it looks very much like a real woodland moss. Dainty little white flowers add a touch of sparkle from mid to late summer. A reliable groundcover for any location. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts.
Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis)

Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis)

Dainty, bell-like white blooms deliver a big burst of spring time fragrance. Fills-in quickly once established. Perfect as an under-planting for later maturing perennials. A reliable groundcover for any location. Effective under trees where lawn has difficulty establishing. Appropriate near water and in damp woodland settings.
Sea Campion (Silene uniflora)

Sea Campion (Silene uniflora)

A mat forming, semi-evergreen perennial with gray-green leaves and white blooms in the straight species. Some named varieties have variegated foliage and some have pink blooms. This sea coast native thrives in sunny, well-drained sites. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Makes a breathtaking potted specimen plant. Combines beautifully with small ornamental grasses.
Alpine Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila cerastoides)

Alpine Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila cerastoides)

Mat-forming, semi-evergreen selection. Produces dainty white to lilac flowers with contrasting pink veins. Normally blooms in late spring and early summer. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Looks great spilling over container edges. Tumbles beautifully over rocks, slopes, and banks.

Tall Annual White Flowers

Tall annual flowers are a great way to bring consistent color to a perennial flower garden. As the perennial plants go in and out of bloom, annuals continue to fill the space with color. Tall annual plants are also perfect for creating a central focal point for a mixed planter or add height and dimension to large or small garden spaces.

Snow on the mountain (Euphorbia marginata)

Snow on the mountain (Euphorbia marginata)

Snow on the mountain can tolerate exceptionally hot, dry conditions where other plants would fail. The flowers are not showy, however the modified leaves surrounding the tiny blooms (called bracts) are a great source of color. The green and white foliage is beautiful on its own, or as a backdrop to colorful blooming plants. Wonderful for mixed borders and rock gardens.
Arctotis, African Daisy (Arctotis venusta)

Arctotis, African Daisy (Arctotis venusta)

Also known as “Blue-eyed African Daisy” because of the glowing blue flower centers. This dainty but durable plant offers a season-long display of white flowers that bring a cool feeling to sunny, arid locations. Arctotis originates in the hot, dry regions of South Africa and it’s a perfect selection for novice gardeners or anyone seeking a low-maintenance landscape. Thrives in sunny beds, borders, rock gardens and containers.
Moonflower, Moon Vine (Ipomoea alba)

Moonflower, Moon Vine (Ipomoea alba)

A close relative of the Morning Glory, this fast growing, twining vine of heart shaped leaves, has earned its common name for the glorious, paper white blooms that quickly unfold each evening, remaining open all through the night until they are kissed by the morning sun. Plant near your patio, window or deck where you can enjoy their fragrance. Beautiful trained to fences, posts, latticework and trellises.
Angel’s Trumpet Flower, Brugmansia (Datura metaloides)

Angel’s Trumpet Flower, Brugmansia (Datura metaloides)

Flowers are closed most of the day but open at twilight releasing a heady fragrance to attract the plant’s main pollinator, the Sphinx moth. The moth will eventually lay eggs on the plant and the emerging caterpillars use the plant as a food source. The foliage and amazing trumpet-like flowers are beautiful but can be dangerous if consumed by humans. Take care to locate the plant away from children and pets. Perfect in a container on a patio or deck.
Aster, China Aster (Callistephus chinensis)

Aster, China Aster (Callistephus chinensis)

Depending on variety, the long-lasting blooms of the chinensis species may resemble pom poms or daisies and come in a range of colors. Removing spent blooms will promote the most continuous flowering, well into autumn. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Perfect for all kinds of containers. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)

Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)

Saucer-like blooms stand out against a backdrop of fine, airy leaves. Spanish missionaries gave it the name cosmos. Legend has it that the missionaries saw the symmetry of the petals as a symbol of the divinely ordered universe, the meaning of “cosmos” in Greek. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Cosmos look striking as a backing plant in mixed borders or filling out mixed plantings. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.

Medium Height Annual White Flowers  

Medium-height annual flowers are popular for using as a filler in a mixed flower garden, hanging basket, combination planters or grown solo in a decorative pot.

Euphorbia (Euphorbia hypericifolia)

Euphorbia (Euphorbia hypericifolia)

Dainty flowers and airy form disguise a rugged performer. This plant has amazing heat tolerance and will still be looking good in the height of summer when many other plants start to look exhausted. Great filler in a perennial garden or used in containers, including window boxes, hanging baskets and combination planters.
Otomeria ‘OPremiera™’ (Otomeria hybrid)

Otomeria ‘OPremiera™’ (Otomeria hybrid)

Expect masses of eye-catching blooms on this outstanding performer from east Africa. Otomeria thrives in full sun, heat and extreme humidity. It flowers continuously throughout the summer, displaying thousands of star-shaped blooms on upright, well-branched plants. A perfect choice for beds, borders, baskets, containers and window boxes.
Upright Lobelia (Lobelia erinus)

Upright Lobelia (Lobelia erinus)

Lobelia provides a wonderful palette of blue shades and white to broaden the possibilities of interesting garden design. The upright form is perfect for use in garden beds as well as baskets and mixed container planting. The flowers and foliage appear delicate up close, but merge into a dense mass of color from the distance.
Vinca, Periwinkle ‘Cora®’ (Catharanthus roseus)

Vinca, Periwinkle ‘Cora®’ (Catharanthus roseus)

Cora® is a breakthrough in vinca hybrids. This plant was specifically bred to tolerate a wide range of climate stresses. Vinca are naturally drought tolerant, but this one survives hot, humid, rainy conditions that might threaten most other Vinca varieties. The perfect choice for beds, borders, baskets, containers and window boxes.
Gomphrena, Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa)

Gomphrena, Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena globosa)

A flower arranger’s delight! Tall stems of bright, globe-shaped blooms retain their color indefinitely. A fun plant to have in the garden or in patio containers because the flowers add such a novel shape. Exceptional for dry locations or poor soil conditions. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens.
Begonia ‘Ikon’ (Begonia hybrid)

Begonia ‘Ikon’ (Begonia hybrid)

A shimmering hybrid begonia developed in Costa Rica. Lovely angel-wing shaped foliage has a silvery cast complimented by loose clusters of white flowers blushed with pink produced throughout the season. Excellent choice for hanging baskets, mixed containers, border edging, and landscape plantings.
Calla Lily (Zantedeschia hybrid)

Calla Lily (Zantedeschia hybrid)

Smoothly elegant trumpets of bloom bring a feeling of sophistication and artistry to gardens or containers. Consistent feeding and soil moisture are key to strong blooming. Excellent as a houseplant. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Perfect for all kinds of containers. Especially nice in waterside gardens. Provides long lasting cut flowers.
Browallia, Bush Violet (Browallia speciosa)

Browallia, Bush Violet (Browallia speciosa)

A bushy perennial from tropical South America, Browalia speciosa is most commonly grown as an annual, but also makes a lovely houseplant. Named varieties have lush, but compact growth and an abundance of blooms. Depending on variety, the flowers may be white, violet or sky blue. Perfect for beds, borders, and containers.
Stock, Gilly Flower (Matthiola incana)

Stock, Gilly Flower (Matthiola incana)

Stock are the perfect choice to transition the garden from spring into summer with their lush, clove-scented flower clusters delivering color and fragrance. Depending on variety chosen, blooms may be single or double and all varieties make for excellent cut flowers. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Perfect for all kinds of containers. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Annual Geranium (Pelargonium )

Annual Geranium (Pelargonium )

Pelargonium are popular choices for their colorful flower clusters, attractive foliage and ease of care over a very long flowering period. Excellent companions to perennials or annuals, they can be overwintered inside where not hardy. A versatile choice for beds, borders, baskets, containers and window boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Common Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

Common Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

A favorite of gardeners and butterflies alike, Zinnias bring long-lasting, bright color and rich texture to any planting. Removal of spent blooms will assure the most prolific and ongoing floral display. Use in beds, borders, containers and window boxes. Provides long lasting cut flowers.
Petunia (Petunia hybrid)

Petunia (Petunia hybrid)

Petunias are a classic choice among annuals for their bold, trumpet blooms in a range of single-hued, striped and white-rimmed colors. Plant them en masse for a dramatic burst of color or mix into combinations needing a bit of brightness. The perfect choice for beds and borders. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes.

Short Annual White Flowers  

Short flowering annuals can be used to create a colorful edging for a large border planting, along a garden path, or to add color and definition to a paved walkway. They’re great for mixed flowering containers, individual pots, or in a vertical wall planter. Plant a few flowering annuals in your vegetable garden to add beauty and entice even more pollinators to your vegetable flowers.

Creeping Daisy, Mini Marguerite (Chrysanthemum paludosum)

Creeping Daisy, Mini Marguerite (Chrysanthemum paludosum)

A carpet of charming white daisies all summer long. Looks great planted in the foreground of perennial gardens for a splash of continuous color. Can also be grown in containers on its own, or in combination with colorful annuals or perennials. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Ideal for all kinds of containers. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Silver Snapdragon (Antirrhinum sempervirens)

Silver Snapdragon (Antirrhinum sempervirens)

A rugged Snapdragon native to rocky, mountainous regions of Spain. The soft, lightly fuzzy foliage and charming snapdragon flowers bring elegance to challenging locations. This plant thrives in dry conditions or rough terrain. It provides a lush, shrub-like habit and blooms over a long season in the summer. A reliable choice for borders, containers and rock gardens.
Nemesia (Nemesia hybrid)

Nemesia (Nemesia hybrid)

Nemesia bring color and a light, airiness to the garden or patio with their dainty blooms and leaves floating about on slender stems. These loose, open plants are softening companions to those with more broad, stiff or upright foliage. Generous watering during hot spells is the key to continuous blooms. The perfect choice for beds and borders. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)

Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)

Sweet alyssum is a ground-hugging plant with narrow leaves and lots of honey-scented flowers. It does well in dry areas. It’s perfect for brightening and softening rock garden plantings. Sweet alyssum is perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Charming when tucked into rock crevices or walls.
Verbena (Verbena hybrid)

Verbena (Verbena hybrid)

A vigorous, low-maintenance selection. Clusters of colorful blooms contrast nicely with the dark green leaves. Adds a splash of color to any garden planting. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana)

Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana)

Impatiens have become one of the most popular plants for bringing instant color to shady sites. Varieties are available with flower colors from bright to pastel to striped. In the 1960s, plant breeder Claude Hope brought us the tremendous color scheme that we now expect. Double flowering and compact types are also available. Impatiens can be grown in beds, borders, hanging baskets, pots and window boxes. Mass plant impatiens for maximum color impact.

Variegated Plants are Another Way to Add White to Your Garden

There are many plants with white and green variegated foliage that complement white flowers perfectly. Variegated plants are especially important if you plan to create a pure white flower garden. Use them to add a variety of leaf textures and different plant forms that will bring added interest to your garden and prevent it from becoming a boring sea of white.

A lush border with white astilbe flowers and variegated hosta in the background.

List of Popular Green and White Variegated Plants

Red Twig Dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood ‘Ivory Halo™’ (Cornus alba)

Red Twig Dogwood, Red Osier Dogwood ‘Ivory Halo™’ (Cornus alba)

Variegated leaves standout against vibrant red stems. White flowers are followed by bluish-white fruit. Brightly colored branches add winter interest. Hardy and fast growing. U.S. Plant Patent #8722. Provides dramatic color and form to autumn and winter landscapes. Ideal for specimen, foundations, and mass plantings. Useful in small gardens where season long interest is needed.
Wintercreeper ‘Harlequin’ (Euonymus fortunei)

Wintercreeper ‘Harlequin’ (Euonymus fortunei)

‘Harlequin’ is a dwarf Euonymus variety with glowing white and green foliage. Leaves tinge pink in cooler weather. Provides great garden color without the fuss of flowers. Tolerates dry shaded areas where little else can grow. A reliable groundcover for any location. Great for erosion control on steep banks and rough slopes. Commonly used to climb fences or walls.
Ribbon Grass (Phalaris species)

Ribbon Grass (Phalaris species)

Valued for its fast-spreading, green and white striped foliage. Soft white flower panicles appear in early summer. The blooms mature to a pale brown by the end of the season. Makes a dependable mixed border plant. Ideal for specimen, foundations, and mass plantings. Especially nice in waterside gardens. Nice for larger patio containers.
Glacier Ivy ‘Glacier’ (Hedera helix)

Glacier Ivy ‘Glacier’ (Hedera helix)

Glacier Ivy does double-duty as a lush groundcover, trellis plant, or container-filler and a source of soft color all season long. The frosty-green and white variegated foliage is especially useful for creating contrast with dark foliage plants or bright, vivid flowers. Often grown as a houseplant for its attractive foliage. Commonly used to climb fences or walls, or for groundcover especially for erosion control on steep banks and rough slopes.
Japanese Euonymus ‘Silver Queen’ (Euonymus japonicus)

Japanese Euonymus ‘Silver Queen’ (Euonymus japonicus)

Silver Queen Euonymus adds great color and contrast to the garden. This rugged evergreen shrub can tolerate drought, heat, or salt spray, and still look fabulous! The creamy-white and green variegated foliage is a superb contrast to plants with solid-color foliage. Small white flowers are not showy, but add interest in the summer and are enjoyed by bees and butterflies.
Variegated Giant Reed Grass (Arundo donax var. versicolor)

Variegated Giant Reed Grass (Arundo donax var. versicolor)

A clump-forming, evergreen grass. Its leaves display a brilliant, creamy white variegation. Produces feathery, reddish brown flower spikes that turn to white at maturity. Especially nice in waterside gardens. Superb backing plant for mixed borders. Great for privacy screening on decks or blocking unsightly views. Creates a pivotal accent point in any garden.
Bulbous Oat Grass ‘Variegatum’ (Arrhenatherum elatius bulbosum)

Bulbous Oat Grass ‘Variegatum’ (Arrhenatherum elatius bulbosum)

This low-maintenance selection is certain to please. A clump forming grass with eye-catching white striped foliage. Dependable color and texture looks great all season. An excellent specimen, foundation, or border plant. Creates a pivotal accent point in any garden. Provides dramatic color and form to autumn and winter landscapes.
Variegated Pineapple Mint ‘Variegata’ (Mentha suaveolens)

Variegated Pineapple Mint ‘Variegata’ (Mentha suaveolens)

Delicious pineapple scent sets this plant apart from other mints. Bright green and creamy white variegated foliage is an attractive addition to the herb garden or planted among flowers in beds and borders. Blooms in the summer attract bees and butterflies to the garden. The dry leaves can be used for tea. Popular for sachets and potpourri.
Caladium (Caladium bicolor)

Caladium (Caladium bicolor)

Large, heart-shaped leaves in a variety of colors. Great accent plant that adds a tropical feel to any setting. This low-maintenance selection requires little attention. A good choice for beds, borders, and mixed container plantings. Pot up a single plant to grow on a deck, balcony, or patio table.

More Ways to Use White Flowers

White is a versatile flower color. Use it in combination with lavender or pink flowers for a soft, low-key look. Planting white flowers with hot tones, such as red and orange, creates an eye-catching, high contrast display. Bright, warm colors work especially well for small plantings, such as a planter, window, or balcony box that you want to really stand out. Whatever your design scheme or mood, there’s sure to be a place for a few white flowers. White flowering plants do double-duty if you spend a lot of time outdoors in the evening. They reflect light to brighten the garden in the light of .  Learn more about how to use white flowers to create a moon garden in our article, Plant a Moon Garden.

A garden filled with white flowering cosmos, silene, and dianthus mixed with silvery-green foliage plants makes a perfect moon garden.

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  1. Jane

    Here’s one I’ve been looking for: White Forsithia, and another I’ve enjoyed: white peony, and yet another white Dahlia!

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