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White Flower Plants for the Garden

Matthew Nesbitt
By Matthew Nesbitt, Writer and researcher. December 9, 2022
White Flower Plants for the Garden

Using white flowers to decorate your garden has many advantages. White is a color often used in framing other features. By adding white flowering plants to a hedgerow or flowerbed, we can allow other colorful plants to distinguish themselves. This does not mean white flowers are not beautiful in their own right. White flowers evoke sentiments of purity, serenity and unity. Decorating your garden with white flowers can help create an oasis of calm in anybody's home.

If you have decided outdoor white flowering plants for you, there is a plethora to choose from. As with any type of plant, we need to ensure we have the correct climate and environmental factors to ensure the plants will thrive. Discover what will work for you with our list of 25+ white flower plants for the garden at thedailyECO.

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  1. Hydrangeas (Hydrangea)
  2. Common daisy (Bellis perennis)
  3. Gardenias (Gardenias)
  4. Water lilies (Nymphaeaceae)
  5. Cyclamen (Cyclamen)
  6. Roses (Rosa)
  7. Peonies (Paeonia)
  8. Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum)
  9. Jasmine (Jasminum)
  10. Daffodil (Narcissus)
  11. Other white flowers for gardens
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Hydrangeas (Hydrangea)

Although native to Asia and the Americas, hydrangeas can be cultivated in various parts of the world. Since we want to find white outdoor plants, we are looking at the white variety. However, these plants can grow in a range of colors. Not all hydrangea species will have every potential petal color, but they all can be white.

Also known as hortensia, hydrangeas have small individual petals, but they are not small white flowers. These petals combine to create a pompom of brilliant white color, making them ideal for almost any garden. We can plant them directly in the ground, but hydrangeas also make great potted plants. The pots need to be of a sufficient size since they can grow to be quite large. If we plant them in a flowerbed, we need sufficient space between each plant.

Semi-shaded areas are ideal for hydrangeas. They will thrive with some direct sunlight, but not for prolonged periods. They should be watered regularly at the base of the plant as their white petals can be sunburned.

White Flower Plants for the Garden - Hydrangeas (Hydrangea)

Common daisy (Bellis perennis)

Especially if you live in the UK, some people do not consider daisies one of the best white flowers. In fact, many consider them to be a weed. This is because they are so easy to care for, they grow on their own and can take over a lawn fairly quickly. This has led to them having a reputation as problematic or even boring.

Take a look at the daisy and you will see they are far from boring. They have a beautiful corolla of white petals that are thin as individuals, but present a beautiful bouquet together as they emanate from their yellow center. We also have a wide variety of daisy types, with a wide range of sizes. As with hydrangeas, they are a garden flower which works particularly well grouped together in a bush.

Daisies attract insets and birds which are good for a healthy ecosystem and provide more life to your garden or outdoor space. We can plant daisies in pots, but are best kept to a bordered bed. They are very resistant white garden plants and can survive with only sporadic watering.

Learn more about how plants and animals live together with our article on the different types of ecosystems.

White Flower Plants for the Garden - Common daisy (Bellis perennis)

Gardenias (Gardenias)

Another option for outdoor plants with white flowers are gardenias. Within this category of flower, there are about 150 varieties, Most have large flowers and a very sweet aroma. To take care of white gardenias, it is necessary to plant them somewhere with plenty of direct sunlight. They will need a lot of moisture in their soil, but they will not tolerate oversaturation.

We recommend watering white gardenias almost daily, doing so at times when there is no direct sunlight. Ideally, they should be watered at night. These small white flowers bloom from spring through summer, so it will be easy to enjoy this highly scented white flower in the garden as long as the weather is nice.

White Flower Plants for the Garden - Gardenias (Gardenias)

Water lilies (Nymphaeaceae)

Water lilies are one of the best known white water flowers. They are not suitable for all gardens, but those which have a large pond or similar water feature will see the beautiful benefit they can provide. As you may remember from Monet's famous series of paintings, water lilies present in a wide variety of colors such as red or pink. White water lilies are some of the most common and beautiful, with a contrasting yellow tone in the center.

These pretty flowers for water gardens are star- or cup-shaped and usually grow to about 18 inches. Blooming usually occurs at the end of spring and lasts until it starts to get cold.

White Flower Plants for the Garden - Water lilies (Nymphaeaceae)

Cyclamen (Cyclamen)

The cyclamen is a genus of winter flowering plants and can bloom almost throughout the season. If you have a garden in a warm climate, it is likely not ideal for you. If you live in a more temperate area, we can keep it in a shady place which is well protected from the heat.

We can find this plant in cold areas, but cyclamen do also need plenty of light. This is especially the case during very cold spells. During these periods, try to ensure they have as much light as possible.

Discover other plants suitable for cold climates with our guide to winter outdoor plants for pots.

White Flower Plants for the Garden - Cyclamen (Cyclamen)

Roses (Rosa)

If you want large white flowers in your garden, white rose bushes are a great option for almost any climate. They are very beautiful and aromatic. You can plant white roses in a pot, but if you have space in your garden area we recommend you plant it directly in the soil. This way it should grow larger and be more beautiful. They need a lot of natural light, but we should avoid direct sunlight for prolonged periods.

White Flower Plants for the Garden - Roses (Rosa)

Peonies (Paeonia)

Peonies are plants with large white, pink, fuchsia or red flowers. The petals of peony flowers usually have at least two shades of the same or similar color. For example, the ones in the photo below are white but with a slightly salmon or light pink center.

White peonies should be planted in the ground as they are a shrub and will grow better than in a pot. They bloom when spring arrives, usually at the beginning or even just before. This means they are a plant which can help us to preempt the arrival of spring or at least confirm that it has arrived.

White Flower Plants for the Garden - Peonies (Paeonia)

Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum)

There are many varieties and an almost an infinite number of colors for Chrysanthemums. These include different shades of pink, orange or white with a yellow center. Chrysanthemums are another of the most sought-after plants with white flowers to decorate gardens since they are large flowers, with a large number of petals and there are varieties that form pompoms, being really very decorative.

They need a lot of natural light , but they can't stand excess heat or direct sunlight, so you can place them in a semi-shade place where they receive natural light, but not direct sun for a long time.

Find out other plants which might be suitable for your garden with our article on plants that absorb moisture.

White Flower Plants for the Garden - Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum)

Jasmine (Jasminum)

If you are looking for plants with small white flowers, Madagascar jasmine might be the best option. This is especially so if you have a wall in the garden. Jasmine is a plant that can climb, be in baskets or hanging pots. Particularly noted for its sweet aroma, you will have to place it in the sun and give it daily watering during hours of indirect sunlight.

If you live in areas where winters are quite cold and you have it in a pot, it is best that you bring these small white flowers into your home during the very coldest days of the season.

White Flower Plants for the Garden - Jasmine (Jasminum)

Daffodil (Narcissus)

Another white plant which is known for its scent as much as its visible beauty, the daffodil is a plant with small white flowers. It is necessary to sow them in autumn, place them somewhere with plenty of sun, use moderate irrigation and take into account they flower at the end of winter. They can also present in other colors, but the white daffodil in a garden is the classic image.

If you want to know more information about caring for certain plants, we provide care guides to different flowers. Learn more about another of the most common garden plants with our guide to caring for geraniums.

White Flower Plants for the Garden - Daffodil (Narcissus)

Other white flowers for gardens

You have already been able to read names of small or very fragrant white flowers, but there are so many more garden plant options to choose. Due to the wide variety of plants and flowers which present with white petals, here are some more ideas for white flowering garden plants:

  • True lillies (Lilium)
  • Tulips (Tulipa)
  • Dahlias (Dahlia)
  • Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis)
  • Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus)
  • Baby's Breath (Gypsophila)
  • Magnolia (Magnolia)
  • Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)
  • Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
  • Thunberg's meadowsweet (Spiraea thunbergii)
  • Foxgloves (Digitalis)
  • Bellflowers (Campanula)
  • Larkspur (Delphinium)
  • Bouvardia (Bouvardia)
  • Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum)
  • Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria)
  • Trumpet Flower (Brugmansia)

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