Creating a one-color garden or wanting to add the cool crispness of the color white to an existing garden? Plants with white flowers can really pop in a garden, especially when surrounded by green foliage. These white flowers are all designed to give a bang to any garden or landscape.
White Wild Indigo
The white wild indigo, Baptisia alba, is from the bean family and is also known as white false indigo. It is a drought-tolerant perennial that gets 4 feet tall and almost 4 feet wide. Leaves are blue-green and flowers are white and on 12 to 18 inch spikes. Plant a white wild indigo in full to partial sun in well-drained soil. Propagate via seed or division in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9.
The whirling butterflies, Gaura lindheimeri, is from the evening primrose family and is also known as white guara or butterfly guara. It is a drought-tolerant, easy to grow perennial. It gets 2 to 4 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide. Leaves are 1 to 3 inches long and flowers are on spikes that are 8 to 24 inches long. Blooms are white and mature to rose-pink. Plant the whirling butterflies in full sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. Propagate via seed or division in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 10.
The Lenten rose, Helleborus orientalis, is from the buttercup family. It is an evergreen perennial that gets 16 to 20 inches tall with 18 inch leaves and 2 to 3 inch wide blooms. Flowers are white or off-white. Plant a Lenten rose in rich soil in heavy to light shade. Propagate via division or seed in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9.
The winter honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima, is from the honeysuckle family. It is a fragrant shrub that gets 6 to 8 feet high and 8 to 10 feet wide. Leaves are in opposite pairs and flowers are a half inch long and white. Plant winter honeysuckle in full sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. Propagate via shoots in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9.
The star magnolia, Magnolia stellata, is from the magnolia family. It is a fragrant shrub or tree that gets 15 to 20 feet high and 10 to 15 feet wide. Leaves are 4 inches long and turn yellow-bronze in fall. Flowers are white and star-like. Plant a star magnolia in deep acidic moist soil in morning sun and afternoon shade. Propagate via cuttings or seed in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9.