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The Color Of White Flowers And Plants For Your Backyard Garden Design

Updated on February 27, 2015

White Daisy Chrysanthemum

Crisp, white Chrysanthemums ~ Daisy type with yellow button.
Crisp, white Chrysanthemums ~ Daisy type with yellow button. | Source

The color white ~ in and of itself ~ projects the image of purity , cleanliness and safety . Doctors and nurses wear crisp white coats, traditionally brides wear flowing white wedding gowns, and a bright, white picket fence surrounds a harmonious , safe and blessed home.

White can effect us physically in that it is said to aid us in achieving mental clarity. We associate the color white with goodness and innocence . The white rose symbolizes all of the positive attributes that a human being hopes to possess . . . virtue, unity, sympathy, spirituality and true love . A waving white flag signals the universally recognized notion of a cease-fire, truce or of a peaceful surrender. Ancient cultures wore white clothing to bed to ensure a restful sleep and pleasant, sweet dreams. And lastly, who has not made a fervent wish to have a shimmering white Christmas?

Crisp, Bright White Combination Hanging Basket

Clear White Alyssum, Petunia, Verbena Combination Hanging Basket
Clear White Alyssum, Petunia, Verbena Combination Hanging Basket | Source

Dusty Miller

A grouping of lovely white-silver Dusty Miller.
A grouping of lovely white-silver Dusty Miller. | Source

G.K. Chesterton Quote

“White is not a mere absence of colour: it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black. God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.” ~ G.K. Chesterton.

The color white when used strategically in the garden can have a benefit beyond being just a foil for the other flowers and plants to contrast against. They may be planted to stand as a garden’s main focal point, serving in stark contrast to the green foliage that punctuates your backyard garden.

White Lantana

Pretty white Lantana.  Creamy Yellow throats appear as they mature.
Pretty white Lantana. Creamy Yellow throats appear as they mature. | Source

Conversely, a garden bed planted entirely with various and differing forms of white blooming plants tends to convey tranquility and is a popular color choice for those seeking serenity and peace in their individual landscape.

Dance by the light of the moon!
Dance by the light of the moon! | Source

Moon Gardens

Moon gardens quite are in vogue these days, and when well established, the cool night air carries the blossom’s sweet fragrance gently along in the evening breeze.

Seek a comfortable place to lounge and enjoy your rest from the day’s toil. After a short while, your white garden will start to become more and more defined against the din. Allow yourself a few minutes for your weary eyes to adjust to the surrounding darkness. The blossoms then appear to float above and drift upon the surface of the greenery.

White Impatiens

Bright white Impatiens brighten a shady spot.
Bright white Impatiens brighten a shady spot. | Source

Scented White Flowers

Pale and white colored flowering plants are more strongly scented than their darker colored counterparts. Gardenia, Paperwhites and Jasmine are intensely fragrant and come immediately to my mind.

Line Your Garden Border With White

Lining a path’s edge with white flowers and plants creates a living walkway covertly guiding the traveler along to their destination. A mass of white planted where the roadway and your driveway merge signals a welcome entrance to your lane from a great distance away.

Variegated Vinca

Close-up foliage of variegated Vinca.
Close-up foliage of variegated Vinca. | Source

Planting upright and cascading white bloomers in hanging baskets provide a receptacle for nature’s midnight lantern, and beacons those who ascend the stairways to ‘please, come inside’.

There are some beautiful white blooming plants that make their appearance only once the sun starts to go down. Four-o-clocks, Angel’s Trumpet, and yes, Moonflower add a special nuance to the garden, and are attractive and luring to nocturnal pollinators.

White Petunia and Glacier Ivy share a combination hanging basket.
White Petunia and Glacier Ivy share a combination hanging basket. | Source

Create a long lasting show of white with plant varieties that will perform for you throughout several growing months. Spring starts at my backyard garden with several white blooming bulbs that signal the beginning of great things ahead. Crocus, Daffodils, and Lily of the Valley are the first to emerge for me. As they fade, the longer lasting annuals and perennials soon come into view.

Bee About To Land On A Column Of White

A bee about to land on a column of white.
A bee about to land on a column of white. | Source

White Flowering Annuals

Begonia, Dusty Miller, Geranium, and Impatiens are gardeners’ favorites, and are annual plant species that will bloom for many, many months. Many perennial varieties are being hybridized to produce crisp white colors, and as they are quite hardy, will return for repeat performances for many, many years.

White Flowering Perennials

The perennial Echinacea White Swan rivals the beauty if it’s more recognized purple brother ~ the Cone Flower. Astilbe, Chrysanthemum and Phlox have wonderful white flowers, and are versatile and desirable as they make great cut flowers for bouquets and arrangements.

White Dianthus

Close-up of white Dianthus.
Close-up of white Dianthus. | Source

Choosing White Flowering Plants

You may choose your particular plant species specific to your individual criteria. Do you regard exotic fragrances high on your wish list? Have you a preference for creating beautiful bouquets to gather for your indoor environment? Would you rather sit back and enjoy a low maintenance, labor-free feeling?

There are a multitude of alternatives where white flowering plants are concerned. It will simply be contingent upon what you wish to achieve in your own backyard garden!


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    • NotTooTall profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      Hi toughtfulgirl2,

      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments. I appreciate it!

      White flowers and plants add so much spark. And as far as white flowers being more fragrant . . . have you ever had the pleasure of smelling a Gardenia . . . amazing aroma!

      N T T

    • thoughtfulgirl2 profile image


      7 years ago from East Coast

      I have been a gardener for a long time and sometimes we forget that a swath of white throughout the garden pulls it altogether in one sweeping motion. Well done:) I also didn't know that white flowers are more fragrant than our more colorful flowers.

    • NotTooTall profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      Hi 2uesday,

      I'm happy that you liked the Hub. I agree, dusk is when white in the garden comes alive!

      Thank you for leaving your comments ~ I appreciate it very much.

      N T T

    • 2uesday profile image


      7 years ago

      A white flower border can look almost magical at dusk as the flowers can be seen as the light levels fall. It works well with silver as your photos demonstrate an interesting page on using white in the garden.

    • NotTooTall profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      Hi Dolores Monet,

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comments. I appreciate it. Your new garden sounds pretty, I love blues and pinks together. Then splash white here and there, they all blend nicely. Post the pictures!

      N T T

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love the idea of a moon garden, beautiful at night as well as during the day. I am working on a blue, pink, and white garden but would love to do all white. Voted up!

    • NotTooTall profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      Hi Eiddwen,

      You are the first to comment on my Hub, thanks so much!

      I'm glad you enjoyed the information.

      I hope you find my other Hubs about gardening just as useful. Have a great day! :)

      N T T

    • Eiddwen profile image


      8 years ago from Wales

      A very well presented and useful hub, I now look forward to reading many more by you.

      Take care



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