Striking White Annual Flowers

Add white into your garden beds and borders with annual flower picks for every season.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Burpee

Photo By: Image courtesy of Bruce Leander for Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Photo By: Shutterstock/Varran

Photo By: Shutterstock/Malykalexa

Photo By: Shutterstock/JoannaTkaczuk

Photo By: Shutterstock/18042011

Sunflower 'Coconut Ice'

'Coconut Ice' is a relatively new sunflower variety with creamy vanilla-white petals that transition to white at the tips. One flower is produced per stem on plants that grow 4 to 5 feet high. The black centers make a bold contrast to the blossoms, measuring 4 to 8 inches across.

Datura/Jimsonweed/Angel Trumpet (Datura wrightii) Found throughout most of the U.S.

Datura is, um, quite a trip. One of this flower’s common names, jimsonweed, comes from “Jamestown weed” — a reference to Revolutionary War soldiers who foraged this plant for food and suffered wild hallucinations. Also used in manhood iniation rites among American Indian tribes, this plant has potent narcotic qualities, so don’t sample it at home. But do consider adding it to your garden, where its night-opening blooms attract sphinx moths and other pollinators.

Hare's Tail

The hare's tail is a compact, annual grass with pale green leaves and fluffy, hairy seedheads. Sow in groups of drifts in spring. Lagurus ovatus; A compact, annual grass with pale green leaves and fluffy, hairy seedheads. Sow in groups or drifts in spring. H 20 in (50 cm); S 12 in (30 cm).

'Silver Dust' Features Silvery Gray Leaves

Senecio cineraria 'Silver Dust' is a tender perennial usually grown as an annual. It has deeply lobed, silver felt like leaves and in summer, bears yellow, daisy like flowers.

Flowering Herbs are Past Their Best but Will Seed

Flowering herbs grown for aromatic purposes should be harvested before the blossoms appear. Once in flower, annual herbs are past their best, but can be used to collect seeds.

Swan River Daisy

A spreading annual, the swan river daisy is ideal for hanging baskets. It produces white, pink, or purplish flowers.

Lobularia Maritima

Lobularia marítima is easily grown from the seed in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade. This annual is native to Southern Europe and is one of the easiest annuals to grow. 

Zinnia angustifolia 'Star White'

These graceful zinnias bear single, star-shaped flowers up to 2 inches across. 'Star White' blooms in the spring and summer and requires full sun exposure. 

Shop This Look