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Best White Flowers for Your Garden

White flowers lend a cooling effect to the garden, especially on hot summer days. White flowers practically glow in the evening, so they're perfect for planting along pathways, or up against a deck or patio. Check out some of our favorite white flowers.

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    • Lily-of-the-Valley

      This sweetly scented ground cover is an old-fashioned favorite. A standby for shade, it has small white flowers and can spread quickly.

      Note: All parts of lily-of-the-valley are poisonous.

      Plant Name: Convallaria majalis

      Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: To 1 foot tall; clumps can spread several feet wide

      Zones: 2-7

      Grow it with: Lily-of-the-valley looks great as a carpet under taller plants such as bleeding heart.

    • Iceberg Rose

      One of the most dependable types of white flowers, 'Iceberg' produces clusters of fragrant, creamy-white blooms all summer and fall.

      Name: Rosa 'Iceberg'

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: To 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide

      Zones: 5-9

      Plant it with: 'Iceberg' pairs perfectly with any other type of rose, as well as lavender (Lavandula) and catmint (Nepeta).

    • Annabelle Hydrangea

      Annabelle hydrangea is one of the easiest types of white flowers to grow. It blooms in midsummer producing large, pure white clusters that are perfect for cutting.

      Plant Name: Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'

      Growing Conditions: Part shade and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: To 5 feet tall and wide

      Zones: 3-9

      Plant it with: 'Annabelle' is a perfect partner for bigleaf hydrangeas or oakleaf hydrangeas.

    • Japanese Anemone

      A great cut flower for the fall garden, Japanese anemone produces cup-shaped blooms in shades of pink and white. It can be a bit of spreader; plant it where it has plenty of room to grow.

      Plant Name: Anemone hybrida

      Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: To 5 feet tall; clumps can spread several feet across

      Zones: 4-8

      Plant it with: Anemones make great companions for goldenrods, as well as tall varieties of aster.

    • Lilac

      You don't have to rely on only annuals and perennials for beautiful flowers. Many shrubs -- including lilac -- also offer beautiful white blooms.

      Plant Name: Syringa selections

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: To 20 or more feet tall and wide

      Zones: 4-8

      Plant it with: Most lilacs grow large enough that they don't accommodate a plant partner. Try dwarf selections with peonies or shrub roses for a beautiful spring combination.

    • Calla

      Another favorite cut flower, calla is a tender plant with elegant, vase-shaped flowers. White is the classic color, but you can also find callas in shades of yellow, orange, pink, and purple.

      Plant Name: Zantedeschia selections

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist soil

      Size: To 3 feet tall

      Zones: 8-10, depending on selection

      Plant it with: Callas look beautiful with the full flowers of double dahlias and accent the tropical feel of dwarf cannas.

    • Cup Flower

      Cup flower is a fantastic plant for adding fine texture to the front of the border or in containers. It produces white, lavender, or purple flowers all summer long over ferny foliage.

      Plant Name: Nierembergia caerulea 'Mont Blanc'

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

      Size: To 1 foot tall and wide

      Zones: 7-10, but often grown as an annual

      Plant it with: Annual vinca (Catharanthus), which has similar flowers but a coarser texture.

    • Sweet Autumn Clematis

      Sweet autumn clematis is sure to fill your entire garden with its sweet scent at summer's end. This vigorous vine needs a sturdy support to climb on.

      Plant Name: Clematis terniflora

      Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil

      Size: Climbs to 20 feet or more

      Zones: 4-9

      Plant it with: This fast-growing vine doesn't play well with others; let it cover its support all on its own.

    • Shasta Daisy

      One of the most cheerful perennials, Shasta daisy offers simple white flowers with sunny yellow centers for most of the summer.

      Plant Name: Leucanthemum x superbum

      Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil

      Size: To 3 feet tall and 1 foot wide

      Zones: 5-8

      Plant it with: Silvery lamb's ears (Stachys byzantina) makes a perfect foil for Shasta daisy.

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      Annual Vinca

      Annual vinca has a decidedly tropical look with its saucer-shaped white flowers in saturated shades of red, rose, pink, and purple. The white varieties stand out best, though.

      Plant Name: Catharanthus roseus

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: to 18 inches tall and wide

      Zones: 10, but usually grown as an annual

      Plant it with: Grow annual vinca as an upright contrast to trailing calibrachoa or mini petunias.

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      Queen Anne's Lace

      This easy-growing cut flower offers umbrella-shaped clusters of lacy blooms in mid to late summer. A relative of the carrot, it has a taproot and doesn't transplant well, but it reseeds gregariously.

      Plant Name: Daucus carota

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: To 4 feet tall and 1 foot wide

      Zones: Biennial in Zones 4-8

      Plant it with: Queen Anne's lace has a lot of charm; plant it with other cottage-garden plants such as foxglove (Digitalis) or zinnia.

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      Immortality Iris

      Tall bearded irises are great garden plants, but varieties like pure-white 'Immortality' are must-haves because they often rebloom again in late summer.

      Plant Name: Iris 'Immortality'

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

      Size: To 3 feet tall and 1 foot wide

      Zones: 3-9

      Plant it with: Peonies such as 'Krinkled White' for a knock-out combination.

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      Datura

      This beautiful annual is great for evening gardens; its perfumed white trumpet-shaped white flowers open at dusk and remain open until dawn.

      Note: All parts of this plant are extremely poisonous

      Plant Name: Datura meteloides

      Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil. Once established, it is quite drought tolerant.

      Size: To 3 feet tall and wide

      Zones: Annual

      Grow it with: Evening primrose (Oenothera), which also blooms at night.

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      Best Silver-Leaf Plants for Your Garden

      Plants that have silvery foliage are some of the most valuable in the landscape because they look good with anything. Silver helps tone down bold, hot reds, yellows, and oranges, yet harmonizes with soft blues, pinks, and whites. Here are some of our favorite silver plants.
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