White flowers work with any colour scheme and have wide appeal in a garden. Concentrating on a favourite colour is a great way to personalise a garden while creating a theme to unify plantings. One of the most famous white gardens is at Sissinghurst, an estate in the UK. It was created by Vita Sackville West when she designed and planted a garden featuring white flowering plants and silver foliage. This garden, which is maintained and open to the public by the National Trust, has helped popularise white gardens across the world. It is one of the most visited gardens in the world.

A quick way to add your favourite colour is with white varieties of annuals including petunias (spring, summer and autumn) and primulas, pansies, violas (autumn, winter and spring). Bulbs including white varieties of tulips and hyacinth bring highlights of spring colour to gardens. Use white in key spots in the garden or in a container as a colour accent. Pots of colour are also a good way to introduce a colour theme to gardens for a special event such as a wedding.

For longer lasting colour, include flowering perennials, climbers, shrubs and trees (see a list below to get you started). Once a few key plants are selected, look for other varieties to extend your collection and the timing of flowers. Also include plants that tone well with white including pastels and shades of green.


White Flowering Plants Selection

There are many white-flowering plant varieties available for purchase at your local Flower Power Garden Centre. Here are a few favourites to suit every garden.

White Flowering Shrubs

White Flowering Groundcover Plants

Clockwise from top left: Azaleas, gardenias, roses, hydrangeas and daisies are popular white flowering garden plants.


White Flowering Annual Plants

White Flowering Perennial Plants

Clockwise from top left: Agapanthus, dietes, petunias, hellebores and pansies all make beautiful additions to a white-themed garden.

White Flowering Climbing Plants

White Flowering Trees

Clockwise from top left: Frangipanis, pear blossoms, eucalyptus varieties, crepe myrtles, magnolias and star jasmine offer striking white flowers - and, in many cases, iconic scents to go with them!

White Flowering Indoor Plants