12 Best White Flowers for the Garden

White flowers are stunning to look at in the garden. They make things brighter and are easy to pair with when it comes to choosing color combinations.

Best of all, they go well with almost any home exterior.

But, as many plants as there are available, it’s surprising that there aren’t as many white flowers as you would think.

Here are some of our favorites that we know you’ll love as well.

 

Best White Flowers for the Garden

Rose

Rose

The most popular flower for Valentine’s, not many people know that roses are actually bushes. As such, if you see them growing in gardens, they’ll be in bunches often lined up.

That said, there are climbing roses as well. In fact, there are over 100 different rose species.

And, while you may have your own favorite color, the white rose is a great option if you’re looking for something that symbolizes purity or peace.

Known for their beauty, roses stand out because of their amazing blooms. They likewise grow in most conditions so you can plant them anywhere from USDA Hardiness Zones 2 through 11. The key is finding the varieties that are best suited for your location.

 

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are a very popular garden plant because of their lovely flowers. Plus, they bloom from around mid-summer all the way to fall.

And, as a gardener, I love that they come in all sorts of colors. So, you can choose between white, light blue, green, red and other hues.

These shrubs are also capable of offering privacy to your backyard as they can grow as high as 15 feet. They aren’t fussy about soil and enjoy a healthy amount of sunlight. Although, they’ll do just as well in partial shade.

 

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Azalea

Azalea

If you look around, you’ll see a few white azaleas. Some come with a combination of other colors including yellow.

But among them, the one I really like is the Snow Azalea.

This hybrid has a unique look thanks to its trumpet-shaped blooms that grows in clusters. It leaves are dark green.

Also called Rhododendron ‘Snow’, this stunning plant is a slow grower. As such, it requires little pruning on your part. But it will grow to as tall as 5 feet high.

 

Gardenia

Gardenia

Another very beautiful white petaled flower is the Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides). Its lovely petals overlap over one another as they get smaller towards the top.

in case you prefer smaller blooms, there are also dwarf gardenias which look very similar to them. But, the flowers are smaller.

Gardenias grow up to 5 to 6 feet high and take up the same width. They enjoy part shade and prefer acidic soil with pH between 5.0 and 6.5.

They are often grown as houseplants thanks to their beauty and wonderful scent. But, you can likewise plant them outside as they are hardy to USDA zones 8 to 11.

 

Spirea

Spirea

If you’re looking for a distinct looking white plant that attract pollinators and butterflies, check this one out.

The spirea is a gorgeous flower shrub that is similar to the lilac and hydrangea.

It comes in all shapes and colors. Plus, it is not toxic.

Blooming from spring to late in the summer, you’ll be able to enjoy its amazing looks for long periods at a time.

 

Lilac

Lilac

Lilac bushes are stunning plants that look very different from flowers. This gives you options if you want to go with a different look.

They are likewise known for their fragrance, which make they a popular choice as well.

As with other shrubs, these can grow tall and wide. If you don’t trim them, they can reach as high as 16 feet and get to as wide as 12 feet.

They love the sun and loamy soil. Best of all they’re not toxic to humans and pets so you can have the kids, cats and dogs run around.

 

Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

For something more unique looking, check out the Rose of Sharon. Not known to many, this is a type of hibiscus. In fact, its botanical name is Hibiscus syriacus.

In addition to white, other colors available include red, light blue and lavender.

They are perfect if want a taller plant since they get to as high as 8 to 12 feet and about 6 to 10 feet wide.

 

Peony

Peony

There are only about 33 different peony species. The good news is, they come in a wide variety of colors including white.

Peonies are a popular genus because of their stunning blooms.

They are woody shrubs and tuberous roots. The latter are delicate so you want to handle with care when moving, propagating or dividing the plants.

 

Sweet Alyssum

Sweet Alyssum

Are you looking for smaller blooms that come in large numbers as opposed to plants with bigger flowers?

If so, the Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia) is a good choice for white flowers.

Unlike roses and peonies which have fewer but larger blossoms, sweet alyssum feature a carpet of smaller white flowers that make any space in your garden look amazing.

Hey are easy to care for and grow quickly as they’re able to achieve their mature size in about 2 months after being planted.

Camellia

Camellia

If you live in the south and are looking for a showy alternative to roses, I highly suggest taking a look at the camellia.

They are very similar to peonies. But, are better suited to the climate conditions in the southern part of the country.

The best part about these amazing looking flowers is that they are able to live for over 1,000 years.

Growing up to 12 feet high for some varieties, they enjoy partial shade and moist, rich soil

This evergreen shrub is best suited for USDA Hardiness Zones 7 to 9.

 

Daphne

Daphne

Daphne are shrubs that comes in 70 different varieties. They come from different parts of the world so you’ll likely find one that will suit your locale’s climate conditions.

Although, they’re best suited for outdoor gardens in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 through 9.

White daphne is among the most beautiful you’ll see. Although, you can opt for light pink as well.

Their unique looking flowers bloom during springtime,. And, you want to give them slightly acidic soil to grow their best.

 

Petunia

Petunia

If you’re looking for a white flower that enjoys warm conditions the petunia is a great choice. It is perfect for decorating borders and for containers.

While not as showy as roses, these  trumpet shaped flowers are prolific blooms. And, you can complement your white ones with other colors sine petunias just about cover every color around.

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