Plants With White Flowers: Perennials, Annuals, Bulbs, and Shrubs

Updated on April 30, 2019
savingkathy profile image

Kathy is an avid gardener who loves to grow perennials and vegetables in her zone 5 Ontario gardens.

White flowers can really brighten up a garden.
White flowers can really brighten up a garden. | Source

White Flowers in the Garden

The colour white symbolizes many things, including purity, innocence, love, elegance, and simplicity to name a few. White flowers in the garden bring a sense of serenity and classical elegance.

They can do wonders to brighten up a shady area of the garden and create a calm and fresh feeling to any garden. White flowers can also add interest to the garden in the evening, as they reflect the moonlight and other light and make the garden come alive.

White flowers look stunning on their own, planted with deep green foliage plants. You can plant a mass planting of one variety, or mix it up with a variety of white flowering plants of contrasting shapes, sizes, and textures. White flowers also coordinate well with virtually any other colours of plants in the garden.


White cosmos flower.
White cosmos flower. | Source

Planning an all-white garden is more difficult than it looks, as many flowers described as "white" are often actually more yellow or cream in colour than a pure white. Nevertheless, when done correctly, an all-white garden can be a sight to behold, bringing a sense of peacefulness, tranquility, and classical elegance to the area.

In shady areas of the garden, white flowers add brightness and light where other colours of flowers might appear to be washed out. On hot sunny days, they provide a sense of coolness to a yard.

White flowers in shady yards go well with foliage plants such as hostas and ivy, as well as plants with silver or maroon leaves.


Annabelle Hydrangea
Annabelle Hydrangea | Source


White and yellow lily
White and yellow lily | Source

There is a wide variety of plants with white flowers available, from bulbs and annuals to perennials, shrubs, and trees. It is possible in most areas to plant an all-white garden that flowers from spring until fall, by using a variety of different plants.

Some of the most widely known plants with white flowers include roses, daisies, lilacs, and tulips, but it's worth investigating the many other varieties available to find the best plants for your gardening zone and conditions.


Daisy | Source

Below you will find a list of plants that have white flowering varieties. This is not an exhaustive list but does give you a good starting point for choosing white flowers for your garden.

If you're looking for white flowers in garden catalogues or websites, you will often find the white varieties of plants listed under "Alba," derived from the Latin word for "white."

Note: Some of the plants listed as perennials for the sun will perform well with some shade, and will look less washed out away from the glare of the midday sun.

List of Plants With White Flowers

Perennials for the Shade
Perennials for the Sun
Shrubs & Trees
White Bleeding Heart
Snowball bush
Pear Tree
Apple Tree
Baby's Breath
Mock Orange
White Swan Echinacea
White pansy
White pansy | Source

The White Garden at Sissinghurst Castle, UK

White lilies
White lilies | Source
White peony flower
White peony flower | Source

Want to Plant a White Garden?

The Color Garden (White : Single Color Plantings for Dramatic Landscapes)
The Color Garden (White : Single Color Plantings for Dramatic Landscapes)
I found this book to be incredibly helpful in choosing plants for my white garden.


Would you ever grow an all-white garden?

See results

White Flowers Are Not Boring

Whether you're contemplating an all-white garden or are just looking for some new ideas for white flowers for your existing garden, you're sure to find some beautiful flowers to meet your needs.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Kathy Sima


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • savingkathy profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy Sima 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks Bill! It's really cold here right now, so I'm trying to keep warm thinking about gardening. Hopefully it will be an early spring again this year.

      RTalloni - you just made me realize I forgot to include carnations. I will have to fix that - I love the smell of them too. Thanks for your great comments!

      Glimmer Twin Fan- I don't know that I could ever have an all-white garden, but I definitely agree they are lovely to visit. They definitely hav a unique feel to them. I appreciate the comments, as always. :)

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile image

      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 years ago

      While white flowers are not my favorites, I have been to a couple of all white flower gardens are they are absolutely lovely! I especially love the silver plants included. It is amazing what a cool feeling an all white flower garden has!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      White flowers are my favorite! They are gorgeous stand alone blooms whether large or small. When my old fashioned white carnations bloom they are a wonder, and it is hard to believe such fragrance comes from tiny white flowers. White flowers are beautiful with other colors, both highlighting the others as well as creating a focal point for themselves because of their contrast. Enjoyed learning more about having a white flower garden and seeing the video--thanks!

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I can't look at a daisy without thinking of that movie "You've Got Mail." Nice collection here, Kathy. You have me thinking of spring.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)