Not So Colorless: White Flowers Enhance Your Garden

When planning a garden, white flowers are usually the last ones anyone thinks about. White flowers are seen as nice but not necessary – colorless and boring. The truth is, white flowers are often the most attractive in any garden. The lack of splashy color also draws attention toward beautiful petal formations and strong stems. Today, we’ll show appreciation to white flowers and examine a few you can try in your garden.


Lily of the Valley

This flower has been romanticized in songs, poetry, and book references. A good groundcover choice, its small white blossoms provide a backdrop for brighter fellow plants. The petals can be used as a “carpet” under taller plants or trees. They can also be scattered during wedding ceremonies or added to a romantic night out. Lily of the valley is known as a great shade plant and also helps with erosion control. Please note that all parts are poisonous, so keep pets or small children away.

Iceberg Roses

White roses are prized in many cultures. Traditionally, they’re associated with innocence and purity. The white rose was also the York family emblem in the War of the Roses, opposite the Lancaster family’s red rose. Iceberg roses produce creamy blooms during summer and fall. The layers leading to their centers show off the rose’s structural beauty. Pair them with lavender and catmint for a particularly aromatic garden.

Annabelle Hydrangeas

Annabelle hydrangeas are the lesser-known cousins of purple and blue hydrangeas, often placed alongside these as a contrast. However, they’re useful for much more than that. These plants can grow up to five feet tall and are ideal for cutting. They’re easy to grow but need plenty of shade and moist soil. Because they’re so large, they should be monitored closely and grown in areas with room to spread out. Hydrangeas are also helpful for erosion control.

Japanese Anemone

With its white bloom and yellow center, the Japanese anemone looks similar to a daisy, but its petals are much thicker and tend to fan out more. Japanese anemones bloom in the fall when most gardeners get stumped on how to keep their gardens vibrant. These flowers can grow to five feet tall and spread for several feet, so make sure they have plenty of room or they’ll take over the garden. Plant them with asters or goldenrod to draw visitors’ eyes toward your tallest flowers.


Lilac is associated with purple so much that it’s hard to tell whether the plant or the color came first. Many people don’t know lilacs come in white, or that white lilacs are a great addition to any garden. Lilacs are shrubs, so they’re excellent as borders or hedges. They can grow up to 20 feet tall and wide and provide a fragrant barrier if you’re seeking privacy. They’re so large that they don’t often “play well with others.” However, you can pair them with shrub roses and peonies for good contrast.

Sweet Autumn Clematis

The name says it all – a sweet-smelling, climbing flower, the sweet autumn clematis will perk up your garden when fall arrives. Their blossoms grow in tiny white, star-shaped clusters trailing downward. If you’re going to use it, place it on a sturdy support – no flimsy wicker trellises for this plant, please. Also, don’t try to pair it with anything. It spreads fast and would crowd out other vines and flowers.

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