White exudes elegance and sophistication, which is something you will see in white flowers. They are popular symbols of purity, friendship, innocence, and familial love, perfect to express pure affection.
Here are 20 popular white blooms you can consider as gifts or garden plants.
Moonflower (Datura innoxia)
Moonflower has a beautiful night-blooming flower that releases a sweet scent. The flowers are shaped like trumpets, accompanying large, dark green foliage. The plant blooms from summer to fall and prefer full sun. Moonflower growth must be controlled to prevent invasion.
White hyacinth shows off dense, tall bloom formations among packed foliage. They bloom in mid-spring and emit pleasant perfume. They like well-drained soil and full sun and should be planted in fall. Hyacinthus is rabbit-resistant but can be toxic when chewed by pets.
Clematis ‘Sweet Autumn’ is a climber plant that forms thick formation. The white, delicate flowers are “strewn” atop the foliage in late summer. This plant is great to adorn fence, stone garden, or cottage garden. Spring pruning is important to control the growth.
Peruvian lilies come in wide range of colors, including white. These flowers love full sun and moist but well-drained soil. White Peruvian lilies are perfect as good wishes, and they are great to cheer up sick people. They have no fragrances, so there will be no problems from scent sensitivity.
White digitalis has funnel-like blooms that grow in a downward cluster. The flowers present a beautiful view during the summer. White digitalis can grow on well-drained soil with medium fertility. It likes full sun but can handle partial shade. Kids and pets must stay away from digitalis, since it is toxic.
Columbine ‘Nana’ (Aquilegia flabellata)
Columbines have beautiful, star-like flowers with long strips extending from the heads. Nana is the famous dwarf variety with bright white color. Columbines love rich, well-drained soil (preferably enriched with compost). Columbines are perfect for rock or landscape garden, and drought-tolerant.
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
White lilac blooms shortly but vigorously, symbolizing innocence and purity. Lilac blooms in early summer, with a sweet scent that attracts butterflies. Lilac is a bush plant, which makes it perfect for fence or cottage garden.
Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
Flowering dogwood trees are common plants in American landscape gardens. The flowers are small and delicate, but they look beautiful when blooming together in spring. The trees also have red fruits that ripen in summer, before they shed their leaves in fall.
Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa)
Tuberoses have tubular flowers that grow in a cluster. The flowers love compost-rich, well-drained soil and full sun. Tuberoses must be planted in spring, so they can bloom in late summer. Most tuberose varieties have a fragrant aroma, perfect as bouquets.
Candytuft (Iberis pruitii)
Candytuft has small, delicate flowers, but they are evergreen perennial plants that last long. They love moist but well-drained soil with full sun. The flowers bloom in a spread from late spring to summer. They have a delicate scent that attracts butterflies.
White evening primroses open their delicate petals in the summer evening. They can live on slightly dry, well-drained soil under full sun. White evening primroses are perfect as edge plants or for softening rock gardens. The white blooms can turn into to pale pink buds during the day.
Heliotrope (Heliotropium peruvianum)
Heliotrope flowers come in several varieties, including white. They have small blooms that spread atop green foliage. They produce flowers from spring to early fall. Cutting the plants in September and February (before and after blooming) can encourage the growth.
Petunia (Petunia hybrida)
A white petunia variety such as ‘Blanket’ looks great in a planter, vase, or hanging pot. The white, tube-like flowers bloom from mid-summer to early fall. The dwarf varieties should not be pinched or deadheaded to ensure robust growth.
Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)
White wisterias create a fairyland-like landscape with their hanging blooms. They are great to adorn landscape garden, especially near the pathway or borders. They create amazing spring view, but you must control their growth, since they are fast-grower. Wisteria can handle partial shade, but flowers only come out under full sun.
White hydrangea bush creates an elegant statement in the garden with their round flower clusters. They also help to balance other flower colors. Hydrangea loves moist but well-drained soil, with morning sun and mild afternoon light. Their flowers are eye-catching, but the foliage is elegant.
White with yellow eyes are the common colors for daisies. They have a cheerful look, perfect as a gift for families or friends. Daisies love full sun and regular watering, so mulching is important during fall. They have long blooming season, perfect to adorn garden or planter.
Daffodils have several white varieties with unique shapes, such as ‘Barret Browning’ (small cup), ‘Mount Hood’ (trumpet), and ‘Bridal Crown’ (double petals). Daffodils grow their bulbs during winter, encouraging the flowers to appear in spring. They are great as a bouquet, planter, and border plants.
Southern magnolias have shallow cup-like flowers with yellow centers. Magnolias are common for large, landscape gardens. They love moist and well-drained soil, with indirect but full light during its early growth. Magnolia wood is famous as furniture material.
Most jasmines have delicate white flowers with a unique fragrance. Some jasmines grow as shrubs, while others are climbing vines. Many jasmines flower in spring and summer, usually in the evening and near the full moon. They thrive on sandy, well-drained soil with full sun.
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
Lily of the valley has delicate, bell-like white flowers that peek among large leaves. Despite the fragile look, they are poisonous and dangerous for roaming pets. The flowers grow in spring and summer. The plant thrives on moist soil, with full sun. ‘Albostriata’ is the most popular white variety.
White flowers emit fragility, elegance, and purity from their looks. Plant one or some of these flowers to invite elegant beauty to your house.