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27 Absolutely Gorgeous White Flowers to Spruce Up Your Garden

By HomeBNC • Updated on 2024-03-18

Selecting white flowers for your garden can make your exterior sparkle and like a painting, cool white flowers offer brilliance to a garden and can pass on this brilliance to other floral colors around them. White flowers offer something unique for retainer walls, lawn borders, and flowerpots.

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Depending on the variety, white flowers can be planted singularly or in perfect clusters to create fun, depth, and magical whimsy. The great thing about picking the types of white flowers you want in your garden is you can select from a wide variety of annuals and perennials. Check out these 27 white flowers below to find one or more that meets your garden needs.

1. Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila Paniculata)

Baby’s Breath

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Joy, purity, long-lasting love, and festive celebration
  • 💧 Water needs: Low
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Preferably well-drained
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 3 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: June to September

Baby’s Breath is a cool white flower plant that is popular in wedding bouquets and other festive celebrations. Its tiny petals offer plenty of whimsy and can floor the most discerned of empaths or flowers lovers with its beauty. Although small, the baby’s breaths are hardy, dry well, and can be blended with many great arrangements.

2. Mums (Chrysanthemum X Morifolium)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Hope, loyalty, honesty, fidelity
  • 💧 Water needs: Average and consistent throughout the growing season
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Preferably well-drained
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 5 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun, but can tolerate partial sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: July to October

Mums are button-nosed types of white flowers that come in a variety of colors including white. However, its name speaks to its original color which was gold. In some circles, they are referred to as Spider Mums due to the many-legged florets or petals that spring out from it like a celebrated spider-like firework.

3. White Hydrangea (Hydrangea Macrophylla)

White Hydrangea

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Wealth, vanity, purity, and grace
  • 💧 Water needs: Needs deep watering each week, especially in hot climates
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Prefer humus-soil, well-drained, appropriate for containers
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 3 to 7
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun, partial sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: May to July

White Hydrangeas offer eye-pleasing dimensions to any garden with their unique bulbous display of round florals. They can be planted by themselves, in clusters, or added next to other garden friends to create depth. They are always stunning to behold and will never disappoint. Some Hydrangeas are considered small shrubs or trees, while others are wild and have the climbing ability up to 100 feet in the air.

4. Rhododendron (Rhododendron Cunningham’s White)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Faith, peace, civility, often used in wedding arrangements
  • 💧 Water needs: Water about 1-inch per week, do not let dry out
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Acid, moist, humus-based, and well-drained
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 5 to 8
  • ☀️ Light needs: Prefers dappled shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: May to September

White Rhododendrons are a showy bunch with their funnel, tubular, and bell-shaped florals. They are often used in victory gardens and the like due to their long-last foliage. They can grow as little as 1-foot in the air to upwards of 20 feet or more. Although their leaves are perfect and dainty, they often grow to provide a strong flowering shrub that provides privacy.

5. Trumpet Flower (Brugmansia Suaveolens)

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Health and high-spiritedness
  • 💧 Water needs: Consistent watering, especially during the initial growth period
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Well-drained, acidic, and moisture-rich
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 9 to 12
  • ☀️ Light needs: Prefers partial shade, full sun tolerated
  • 🌱 Blooming season: June to August

Although beautiful and likened to an angel’s horns, the white trumpet flower is also known for its toxic beauty. Also called Brugmansia and related to the devil’s trumpet, this white flower plant is just as poisonous when ingested. Trumpet flowers prefer to grow on slopes, but they also do well in containers. They can grow upwards of 30 feet when allowed to freely grow outdoors.

6. Snow Drop (Galanthus Nivalis)

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Hope, tenacity, and rebirth
  • 💧 Water needs: Dryer climates needs consistent moisture
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Sandy and well-drained, alkaline, acidic, or neutral
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 3 to 7
  • ☀️ Light needs: Prefers full-sun, partial shade acceptable
  • 🌱 Blooming season: March to April

Snow Drop flowers are cute and literally cool growing bulbous plants that usually spring up after the last frost. These plants give cultivars hope for a new year with their bell-shaped florets that begin to bloom as if they are about to take flight. Although poisonous to pets and humans, they can be planted in clusters using gardening gloves and will offer the symbolism of a fresh new start.

7. Dendrobium Orchid (Dendrobium Cucumerinum)

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Thoughtfulness, refinement, and beauty
  • 💧 Water needs: Water only when slightly dried-out
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Moist and well-drained
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 9 to 12
  • ☀️ Light needs: Partial sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: February to June

Dendrobium Orchid makes beautiful housemates. They prefer containers on the smaller end where their roots can be tightly packed together. This unique flower can be grown indoors or outdoors and has been known to bloom a couple of times throughout the year. They make fanciful flowers that bring class to any space. It offers both strengths and delicacy with its strong bamboo-like stems.

8. Hibiscus (Abelmoschus Rosa-Sinensis)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Joy, hospitality, love, and beauty
  • 💧 Water needs: Average, keep moist
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Rich and organic
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 5 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: June to August

Hibiscus is a fun white flower plant that offers giant-sized blooms. Although the blooms only last around 2 to 3 days, cultivars don’t have to wait long for the next florals to follow. Many drink the tea of the same name for its health benefits, mainly its ability to lower blood pressure.

9. Peony (Paeonia Lactiflora Festiva Maxima)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Shyness, honor, happy marriage, and compassion
  • 💧 Water needs: Evenly moist in spring and fall
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Neutral
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 3 to 8
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun, partial sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April to June

The Peony flower variety produces head-heavy flora that is magnificent to behold. Many gardeners often elect to provide this unique flowering plant with added support with tie-downs to prevent them from flopping down. They are normally accompanied by ant friends and other insects that cannot get enough of their sweet taste.

10. Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus, Vinca Minor)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Achievement, everlasting love, and friendship
  • 💧 Water needs: Low, every other week
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Sandy, loamy, clay
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 4 to 8
  • ☀️ Light needs: Partial sun, full sun, full shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: February to December

White Periwinkle is a cool drought tolerant plant that is often the friendly companion of trees due to its resilient nature of being able to grow in the shade. Many add Periwinkle to the borders of their yard because they offer plenty of ground cover. However, they can be invasive in some areas.

11. Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus Carota)

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Safety, refuge, and strength
  • 💧 Water needs: Prefers dry soil and does not need much moisture, except for seedlings
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Loamy, nutrient-rich, clay or sand, dry
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 3 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Prefers full sun, but partial shade is acceptable
  • 🌱 Blooming season: June to August

Queen Anne’s Lace is known for its large and bold frills that are perched atop thin stems. They are a wonder to behold and offer both a delicate look and a bit of wildness. It is thought to be the Anne of Denmark’s signature look as she adorned herself with a lace-like headdress.

12. Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum Umbellatum)

Star of Bethlehem

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Forgiveness, hope, and innocence
  • 💧 Water needs: Average watering, keep the soil moist
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Moist, well-drained, loamy, alkaline, acidic, or neutral
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 4 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun to partial sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: May to July

Originating from a bulb and known for its star-shaped petals, the Star of Bethlehem is a fun white flower plant and garden friend. Its leaves resemble blades of grass, and it is affectionately known as the summer snowflake. They can act as a hedge plant and often produce bulbils or baby bulbs that can be planted in any other area of a garden.

13. Snap Dragon (Antirrhinum Majus)

Snap Dragon

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Grace, mischievousness, and strength
  • 💧 Water needs: Average, 1-inch each week
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Moist, well-drained neutral to partially acidic
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 7 to 11
  • ☀️ Light needs: Partial shade or full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: May to August

Whether grown in a container or in front of a lawn as a border, Snap Dragons offer great snout-like petals that can be cultivated through the fall. They have been known to grow between the cracks of walls and now white Snap Dragon cultivars can grow the creeping and climbing variety.

14. Daisy (Leucanthemum x Superbum)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Innocence and new beginnings
  • 💧 Water needs: Average, 1-inch each week, do not overwater
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Moist, well-drained, loamy
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 5 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun and partial sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: July to September

The Shasta White Daisy is a whimsical exchange of bright yellow and white that was developed around the 1800s. In summer climates, its foliage can exist as evergreen foliage and they attract pollinator friends such as bees and butterflies. Many enjoy cutting them because they offer long-lasting blooms and the ability to bring good cheer.

15. Scabiosa (Scabiosa Columbaria)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Warmth, peace, and purity
  • 💧 Water needs: 1-inch per week until full-grown, some drought tolerance
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Moist and well-drained
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 3 to 7
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: May to July

Scabiosa is a smaller variety of flowers that offer a visually pleasing flutter during the spring and summer breezes. They are herbaceous perennial that helps to attract pollinating friends. Cultivars affectionately call them the pincushion flowers due to how they emerge like cool pincushions. Its Latin name means to scratch due to its original use to cure skin issues such as scabies in great Roman times.

16. Phlox (Phlox Paniculata)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Unity, great flame spirits, sweet dreams
  • 💧 Water needs: Average, watering at the base, keep foliage dry to avoid mildew issues
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Neutral, moist, well-drained
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 4 to 8
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun, partial sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: June to July

Phlox flower is a unique and creeping herbaceous perennial. Its variety offers white petals that are a bit mesmerizing to look at. It enjoys being in the woods just like most folks of any nature-loving kind. Phlox David grows to a height of about 2 to 4 feet and offers a perfect floral scent that wafts around the garden.

17. Yucca (Yucca Elephantipesis)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Transformation, protection, mutuality, purification
  • 💧 Water needs: Low, dry between waterings, do not overwater to avoid root-rot issues
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Prefers sandy, perlite, and well-drained, alkaline, acidic, and neutral
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 9 to 11
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: June to August

The Yucca resembles unique trees because it is related to both the tree and shrub variety. This flowing plant is a favorite of gardeners and indoor houseplant cultivars due to its bell-shaped flowers. As an added benefit, they are known to clean the indoor air. It is known for both its thick stalks and its sword-shaped leafage. They are often hosts for caterpillars, ursine giant skippers, and beetle bugs.

18. Lily of the Valley (Convallaria Majalis)

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Purity, nostalgia, pain, and death
  • 💧 Water needs: Average, water just before drying out
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Well-drained, fertile rich, neutral, acidic
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 2 to 9
  • ☀️ Light needs: Partial shade, full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April to August

Lily of the Valley is not true to its name in that it belongs to the asparagus family instead of the lily family of plants. Even so, this white flower plant is delightfully fragrant and produces small bell-shaped petals that are simply adorable. At maturity, gardeners will also notice perfect little red berries that spring from its foliage.

19. Ranunculus (Ranunculus Asiaticus)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Charm, attractiveness, and romantic desire
  • 💧 Water needs: Average watering only when soil turns dry
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Sandy, well-drained, loamy
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 8 to 11
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: March to May

Ranunculus offers more than 550 different species of perfect flowering plants. They often offer blushing brides that layered bouquet look that more than likely attest to their layers of love for their spouse. It is known as the Persian Buttercup and is associated with many legends such as kissing frogs, roaming wolves, and Persian princes.

20. Daffodil (Narcissus Papyraceus)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: New starts, high regard, chivalry
  • 💧 Water needs: Consistent watering
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Moist, rich, well-drained neutral, acidic
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 4 to 8
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun, partial shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: February to March

Daffodils are just the types of white flowers that can bring joy to your heart. As they bloom towards the sun, it reminds the gardener to continue to have hope. This white flower plant enjoys deep pots that allow its roots to spread out. Bulbs should be cultivated after the flowers fade and go dormant.

21. Amaryllis (Amaryllidaceae Hippeastrum)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Self-determination, fortitude, and pride
  • 💧 Water needs: Average, 2-inches during growth each week, then dry rest period once mature
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Preferably well-drained
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 8 to 10
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun, partial shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: March to May

The Matterhorn Amaryllis is the perfect variety of white flowers to begin a garden. Blooming is often highly dependent on watering rest periods that should occur after their initial growth. Mixed with the red variety, they often provide a festive holiday design to place indoors or outdoors. Its unique name means, ‘to sparkle’ and the Amaryllis defiantly does.

22. Calla Lilly (Zantedeschia Aethiopica)

Calla Lilly

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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Beauty, faith, holiness
  • 💧 Water needs: Water once each week, more in dryer climates
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Well-drained, moist, acidic
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 8 to 10
  • ☀️ Light needs: Partial shade to full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: May to June

Displaying itself like a runway model, the white Calla Lily is known for its one-offed single bloom. Its name is linked to the Goddess Hera. Calla Lilly is both sexy and curvaceous and it makes a great gift for someone special. Although each part of the plant is highly toxic to humans, this white flower remains a wedding staple in bouquets and flower arrangements.

23. Gardenia (Gardenia Jasminoides)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Expansiveness, clarity, and easy-breezy good times
  • 💧 Water needs: Keep consistently moist, drip irrigation is ideal
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Well-drained, moist, containers should use peat potting mix
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 8 to 11
  • ☀️ Light needs: Part shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: May to September

The great unique scent of the Gardenia makes this finicky garden partner well worth the efforts that many cultivars take to grow them. In general, these types of white flowers take a few years before their full bloom is realized. Their petals are often likened to the thicker petals on a rose plant. They make great indoor friends.

24. Tuberose (Polianthes Tuberosa)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Passion, erotic love, peace
  • 💧 Water needs: Moderate, soak around bulbs
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Well-drained, use compost or use ground bark
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 9 to 11
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full Sun, partial sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: July to August

Tuberose offers an unforgettable scent experience. Some even pay a high price to purchase its essential oils. Their foliage resembles grass and can average about 2 to 3 feet in length. Tuberose produces a waxy overlay that helps protect this asparagus-related plant from scorching heat. Furthermore, it will refuse to show its flowers if the weather is too hot, but it may be perfect to grow in cool climates.

25. Hyacinth (Hyacinthus Orientalis)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Loveliness, commitment, pride, and power
  • 💧 Water needs: Consistent watering
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Moist, well-drained, neutral, acidic
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 4 to 8
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun, partial shade
  • 🌱 Blooming season: March to April

Hyacinth is a white flower plant that is known for its oval-shaped bloom. However, their florals individually resemble tiny starfish. Today, there are more than 50 types of hyacinths that offer a powerful scent experience. Many cultivars use bulb forcing jars to grow Hyacinths indoors.

26. Jasmine (Jasminum Polyanthum)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Spiritual awakening, feminine power, community, and love
  • 💧 Water needs: Average, indoor pots should offer good drainage
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Well-drained alkaline, neutral, or acidic
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 8 to 12
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun, partial sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: March to September

If you’re searching for the types of white flowers that offer both a pleasant scent and a visually pleasing aesthetic, then the Jasmine might be right for your garden. With star-shaped white leaves that offer a pleasant pink tinge, the vining Jasmine can offer something perfect and wonderful for outdoor trellises or as an indoor house plant.

27. Zinnia (Zinnia Elegans)


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  • 🔮 Symbolism: Longing for absent friends, goodness, daily remembrance
  • 💧 Water needs: Low, drought tolerant
  • 🪴 Soil needs: Well-drained, alkaline, neutral, acidic, loves compost
  • 🌍 Growing zones: 2 to 11
  • ☀️ Light needs: Full sun
  • 🌱 Blooming season: April to September

The large white Zinnias are a great award-winning plant due to being easy to care for and pest resistant. Whether they are placed in containers or they are growing as accent pieces within a garden, Zinnia flowers offer something unique with their flat to water-spout-shaped florals. Several white flower varieties exist, including the Zinnia Zahara White, Zinnia Zahara Starlight Rose, Zinnia Crystal White, and the Zinnia Peter Pan Cream.

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Planting white flowers in your garden can provide you with a variety of shapes, widths, and sentiments. No matter what types of white flowers you are searching for, they can offer the symbolism and curb appeal that your lawn needs. Whether you want pure white flowers, a tinge of yellow or cream, or colorful flowers with a spackle of white in them, you can find the perfect seedling, bulb, or ready-to-plant flower that can make your garden special. You can find easy-to-grow varieties or white flowers that offer you a bit of a garden challenge. But in either case, your white flower plant will offer you some indoor or outdoor garden pride. Don’t miss out on these yellow flowers either!

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