White is a classic symbol of perfection which means you should definitely plant some of these flowers in your backyard! Known for purity, white blooms are sure to make your space more tranquil.

Read more on the 48 flowers compiled below to decide which option suits your needs. Sun and soil needs are included as well as a growing tip to help you pick the perfect plant.

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Heliotrope Heliotropium peruvianum

Heliotropes are bushy annuals with tiny cluster of blue, white or purple flowers. They have a strong perfume and very deep green leaves.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

10 - 11

Flower Tip

Keep the soil moist but do not let is get soggy. Store cutting inside through winter and then plant again in the spring. Cutting produce much stronger plants than seeds.

Petunia Petunia hybrida

With 35 true species worldwide, hybrid Petunias can be found in almost any color. The most traditional varieties are sprawling plants with white or purple blooms

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

These flowers are frost-tender and fast-growing. Keep them warm, dry and protected from strong winds.

Scabiosa Scabiosa

Also known as pincushion flowers, Scabiosa is an interesting flower with a pincushion-like center and an outer layer of petals.This summer bloomer can be found most often in shades of blue, white and purple.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 7

Flower Tip

In order to keep the plant flowering, you must remove withering blooms.

Wisteria Wisteria sinensis

Wisteria is known for its intoxicating fragrance, but this quick climber also has and abundance of cascading blooms. Colors range from white and blue to violet.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

5 - 8

Flower Tip

Early blooms can be damaged by cold temperatures. Be sure to prune when needed.

Rosa

With over 2,000 varieties and hundreds of years of cultivation, the rose has an extensive family and a long history. Old roses, which are classified as existing prior to the 1867 tea rose, generally have more fragrance, more complicated blooms and greater disease resistance. Modern roses offer an endless color selection and all-season blooms.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 11

Flower Tip

Plant roses in an area where they will receive at least 5 hours of sun a day.

Lilium

Lilies are one of the most popular flowers for floral arrangements because of their large showy blooms and pleasant fragrance. They have 6 trumpet-shaped petal that stand on top of a long stem.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

If you live in zones 9 or 10, refrigerate your lily bulbs before planting. They require a cold, dormant period for spring growth.

Calla Lily Zantedeschia

Calla Lilies are very popular for their elegant bell shape both in gardens and as cut flowers. They grow well outdoors and as houseplants.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

8 - 10

Flower Tip

Typically planted after the threat of frost, Calla Lilies should be planted deep and watered well. Aside from regular watering and fertilizer they are fairly low-maintenance.

Tulipa

Tulips come in virtually every color of the rainbow. They are usually brightly colored flowers with a simple cup shape that grow on a green stem.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 8

Flower Tip

Never deliberately water a bed in which your tulips are planted. They dislike excessive moisture.

Dianthus caryophyllus

Carnations are popular for the spectrum of colors they come in. They grow full blooms of serrated petals on a long, narrow stalk.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

Remove spent flowers promptly to encourage continued blooming.

Gerbera Daisy Gerbera Jamesonii

These bright and cheerful flowers come in many different colors. Gerbera Daisies can also range in size from 2 to 5 inches in diameter.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

Be aware of crown rot which is when the crowns are planted too deeply. This is a common problem with Gerbera Daises.

Hibiscus Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Hibiscus flowers grown on a small tree. They are huge, trumpet-shaped blooms with dark green leaves.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

5 - 8

Flower Tip

These tropical flowers are sensitive to both drought and cold. Make sure they are constantly moist and protected from temperatures below freezing.

Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla

These big, sky blue blooms will definitely brighten up your garden. They have large heads composed of many smaller flowers.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 9

Flower Tip

Increasing the acidity of the soil with help your hydrangeas turn a clearer blue

Daisy Asteraceae

Daisies are made up of white petals and a yellow center. They grow on a smooth, leafless stem.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Many Daisy varieties grow with little effort. Just make sure they have a good amount of sun and their roots aren't underwater.

Daffodil Narcissus

Daffodils are composed of a trumpet-like structure set against a star-shaped background. Frequently the two parts come in contrasting colors. These flowers symbolize friendship.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

Daffodils need to be planted 3 times deeper than their bulb height. If this rule is not followed, they will bend soon after blooming.

Magnolia Flower Magnolia grandiflora

Magnolias are prized for their large elegant blooms and fragrance. They come in many different varieties but the traditional southern Magnolia blossom has big white petals that form a lotus shape.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 9

Flower Tip

If you are looking to grow a Magnolia tree, be warned. They drop large leaves throughout the year and can be pretty messy.

Jasmine Jasminum

Jasmine grows on an exotic vine or bush. They can thrive in temperate climates but prefer tropic zones. The blossoms are small and white with five thin petals.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

7 - 10

Flower Tip

This plants require work but the fragrance they give off is well worth it. Choose a warm, sheltered location. You need to train the vines as they grow with plant ties.

Lily of the Valley Convallaria majalis

The stems of Lily of the Valley are covered in small, bell-shaped flowers that give off a sweet scent. Bright green leaves surround the dainty bloom.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

2 - 9

Flower Tip

These plants are relatively low-maintenance. They are moisture loving but can adapt to a dry shady environment as well.

Camellia Theaceae

Camellia is a flowering, green shrub with beautiful white blooms. They prosper in the southern climate.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

7 - 9

Flower Tip

Be sure to mulch thoroughly in order to keep the roots cool. Camellias also require regular watering during the first year.

Anemone Anemone nemorosa

The Anemone is a diverse species that comes in many colors and varieties that bloom in spring and others that bloom in fall. They can also be low-growing plants that prefer woodlands and rock gardens or tall-growing that thrive in late summer.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Only move these plants in the spring. Anemones may be slow to grow but once they are established they are likely to spread.

Vinca Vinca

Vinca, also known as Periwinkle, has attractive green foliage with small flowers that bloom from summer until the first frost. Its most common colors are white, red and pink,

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 9

Flower Tip

Vinca is perfect for arid climates as it is drought tolerant. Water only during extended droughts.

Trumpet Flower Datura

Due to its similar appearance with nightshade and mandrake, Trumpet Flower has gotten a bad rap. It is named of its trumpet-like shape. The blooms are typically white and fragrant.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

4 - 10

Flower Tip

Without adequate moisture, Trumpet Flowers can get droopy. To keep them healthy simply ensure full sun and regular watering.

Dahlia Dahlia

Dahlias are colorful flowers with many spiky petal which form their large, round heads. They range in color and size.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

8 - 10

Flower Tip

Dahlias struggle in cold soil. Wait until the ground temperature reaches 60 degrees.

Amaryllis Hippeastrum

Popular for their trumpet-shape, Amaryllis have large flower heads and come in both single and double forms. They grow on a tall green stem and come in varying hues of red and white.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

Position the bulb so at least one third is above the surface. It is essential to fertilize regularly once growth appears.

Delphiniums Delphinium

Delphiniums are a hardy perennial with soaring floral spires. They are popular for cottage-style gardens and make great cutting flowers!

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 7

Flower Tip

Stake taller varieties to keep these towering blooms from toppling over.

Yucca Yucca

The Yucca plant is tall with green, sword-like leaves. The Yucca flowers themselves are very large. They have a beautiful creamy color which sets them apart in their native southwestern terrain.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

4 - 11

Flower Tip

Their leaves are very sharp. Plant away from sidewalks and be sure to wear protective gloves when pruning dead leaves.

Moonflower Datura stramonium

Moonflowers grow on perennial vines in sub-tropical zones. Their large blooms produce a relaxing smell and generally come in white or purple.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

8 - 11

Flower Tip

Plant Moonflowers near a trellis. They readily grow upwards and can easily reach up to 20 feet.

Hyacinth Hyacinthus

Hyacinths grow from spring-flowering bulbs and produce small bundles of blossoms that range in color from blue to white.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

This flower is classically paired with yellow daffodils.

Clematis Clematis

Clematis blooms in a many different colors and can grow up to 30 feet tall. When flourishing, it can produce more flowers in less space than almost any other plant.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Make sure to plant Clematis in a sheltered spot to help it thrive.

Peony Paeonia

Peonies grow on glossy green bushes. In bloom they are very beautiful with large, fragrant heads that range from white to fuchsia.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Don't plant Peonies too deep. The buds should be no deeper than 2 inches below the soil.

Alstroemeria Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria is a common florist favorite for good reason. The talk stems product three colorful blooms in an array of colors. Each flower has 6 petals and can be flecked, stripped or streaked with darker pigmentation.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

8 - 10

Flower Tip

If you choose to plant in your garden rather than in a pot, be sure to pick a shelter site and stake the plants so they don't collapse in wind or rain.

Foxgloves Digitalis purpurea

Foxglove is a tall, dramatic spike covered in tubular flowers. It blooms midsummer in a wide array of colors.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 10

Flower Tip

If you want the flower to multiply, leave the flower spike. Otherwise, remove it so that side shoots will form and continue to bloom.

Columbine Aquilegia

Columbines bloom in the springtime from dark green foliage that turn maroon in the fall. The bell-shaped flowers come in a variety of colors and are a favorite of hummingbirds.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 8

Flower Tip

These perennials are not too particular but prefer mild climates. Give them plenty of mulch to keep the soil moist and insulated through winter.

Lilac Syringa vulgaris

Lilacs are a beloved, fragrant shrub that produce clusters of light-purple flowers. They prefer northern states and bloom for 2 weeks.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 7

Flower Tip

Apply a layer of compost and a layer of mulch each spring to help the plant retain moisture.

Dendrobium Orchid Dendrobium

Dendrobiums come in thousands of different varieties but can be broken down to two groups, hard-caned and soft-caned. Hard-caned are very thin with darker leaves. Soft-caned are evergreen and can keep their leaves for many years.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun - but not direct sunlight

Growing Zones

11

Flower Tip

Dendrobiums prefer small pots and like to be fairly dry before re-watering. Use a shallow tray of pebbles filled with water to help with the humidity

Lupine Lupinus

Lupine comes in a wide array of colors and appears similar to sweet peas with floral spikes that emerge from a tall green stem.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

If you are growing Lupine from seeds, try a 7-day cold treatment. It will increase germination. Simply wrap seeds in a damp paper towel and store in the refrigerator.

Dianthus Dianthus

Belonging to the same family as carnations, Dianthus are colorful, hardy annuals. They emit a spicy fragrance and can most frequently be found in hues of pink, purple and white.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Plant Dianthus in a spot where it will receive at least 6 hours of sun. They also should be fertilized every 6 to 8 weeks.

Dogwood Cornus florida

Dogwoods are flowering trees to native the U.S. They bloom for 2 to 4 weeks in early spring, but their pretty green foliage also adds beauty in summer and turns a deep red in fall.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

5 - 9

Flower Tip

Keep in mind the Dogwoods are generally understory trees. In their natural environment larger trees protect them. These deciduous trees will do best on the edge of wooded areas.

Tuberose Polianthes tuberosa

This night-blooming flower often grows to 3 feet and bears blooms with 6 sword-shaped petals. It is predominantly found in the southern hemisphere but can be grown in many parts of the world.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

7 - 10

Flower Tip

The Tuberose is known for its intense fragrance. Grow it near a patio, walkway or deck so you can enjoy it fully.

Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum

Commonly referred to as Mums, Chrysanthemums are a classic addition to a fall garden. There are hundreds of varieties that give you choices between color, height, flower size and even time of bloom.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Pinching is the most important care technique for Mums. It entails removing the main steam which forces the plant to grow two new stems.

Hellebores Helleborus

Hellebores is a perennial with leathery leaves that protect a circle of tiny stamen-like petals. They have a long blooming period, lasting anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks and ranging in color from white to purple.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

Do not plant these too deeply. Make sure the crown is only just covered by soil.

Marigold Tagetes

Marigolds are popular annuals. Their popularity likely comes from their bright colors and ability to bloom all summer long. They have carnation-like flower heads with thick layers of ruffled petals.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

Although they can grow in pretty much any soil, Marigolds need lots of sunshine. Be sure to water from the base rather than overhead and allow the soil to dry before watering again.

Yarrow Achillea

Yarrow is a hardy perennial with fern-like leaves. The flower heads are packed with tiny blooms that usually come in white or yellow.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Make sure to give Yarrow enough space. The flowers are quick to spread and can become invasive.

Cosmo Cosmos

Cosmos are showy annuals with bowl-shaped flowers and long stems. They are great cut flowers and will bring birds and butterflies to your garden.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

Remove faded flowers to prolong flowering and stake when necessary.

Candytuft Iberis pruitii

Candytuft is a flowering evergreen that is native to Europe. While usually white they also come in lilac and work well in rock gardens.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

7 - 11

Flower Tip

Do not let this short blooming perennial become to tall as it will get spindly with growth.

Begonia Begonia

Begonias come in many different varieties but most have large double flowers that come in yellow, orange, red, white and pink. They bloom on top of dark green leaves.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

6 - 11

Flower Tip

Begonias need moderate amounts of sun and prefer to stay out of the wind. Do not overwater but keep the soil moist.

Primrose Oenothera

This goblet-shaped flower, blooms in yellow, pink or white and can be very fragrant.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 11

Flower Tip

Evening Primrose can thrive along roadsides with no care. They spread quickly so be sure to control them in your own garden.

Ranunculus Ranunculus

Ranunculus come in bright colors and grow on long stems. They are perfect cut flowers because they has a long vase life and many blooms.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

8 - 11

Flower Tip

Do not remove the foliage until the end of summer when they are yellow. Green leaves will gather sunlight for next year's garden.

Waterlily Nyphaea hollandia

These floating beauties are surprisingly hardy despite their delicate facade. They can be grown in a small tub on a patio or a pond of any size. Waterlilies bloom in all colors aside from blue and purple.

Soil Needs

Moist

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

1 - 11

Flower Tip

When planting Waterlilies, be sure to remove old leaves and thick roots. Be sure to plant the tuber against an edge and point the growing tip upward.


Photo Credit: Scabiosa via Kenraiz, Wisteria via 椎林 隆夫, Gerbera Daisy via Francesca Cappa, Vinca via Andrey Korzun, Delphiniums via Henry Hemming, Moonflower via Bob Peterson, Dianthus via Ram-Man, Tuberose via Jayesh Patil, Marigold via Lucky the fur.