Many home and garden owners appreciate flowers and perennials with white flowers. The bright colors create a good mood and an elegant appearance of the garden. Below you will find an overview of the white plants that romp about in our region.

The White Garden

The garden with white plants conveys a calm and bright atmosphere. The white color adds a unique touch. Most plants bloom from spring to fall.

Beginning of flowering in spring

Decisive for the subdivision is the beginning of the flowering period. Below are perennials and flowers that bloom in spring between March and May.

wild garlic (Allium ursinum)

  • Wild garlic is related to plants such as chives, onions and garlic
  • popular as a wild vegetable
  • other names are bear’s garlic, garlic spinach, wild garlic, or witch’s onion
  • is a perennial plant
  • grows up to 30 centimeters
  • Flowering time between April and May
  • pleasantly scented plant blossoms that are white
  • distributed throughout Europe (exception Mediterranean regions)

Busch-Windröschen (Anemone nemorosa)

  • distributed in temperate Eurasia
  • perennial and herbaceous plant
  • Flowers grow up to 25 centimeters
  • Flowering time between March and May
  • the wood anemone develops only one flower per plant
  • there are six to eight leaves on the plant
  • the plant parts of the wood anemone are poisonous

Christophskraut (Actaea spicata)

  • plant widespread in Eurasia
  • herbaceous plant with a height of up to 70 centimeters
  • Flowering period from May to July
  • the berries are ripe between July and September
  • Birds love the berries as food
  • the white flowers are close together

Echter Waldmeister (Galium odoratum)

  • also known under the name Maikraut
  • the herb thrives in most deciduous forests in Europe
  • very popular as a spice
  • wintering and green plant
  • Flowering time between April and June
  • the woodruff flowers are so-called funnel flowers in white
  • vegetative propagation occurs through offshoots of the real woodruff

Lilac (Syringa)

  • Plant genus with 20 – 25 different species
  • popular as an ornamental plant in the home garden
  • deciduous shrubs to small trees
  • Flowering period from May to June
  • four year old lilac flowers
  • different colors from white to yellow to violet and red
  • Lilac flowers have a strong smell
  • the flowers are found in Europe and Asia

Gooseberry (Bellis perennis)

  • one of the best-known wild flower species in Europe
  • perennial plant that grows up to 15 centimeters tall
  • Flowering time between March and November
  • typical bloom of daisies is a pseudo -bloom
  • occasional use as fodder and medicinal plant

Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

  • perennial and herbaceous plants
  • also grow as shrubs
  • can grow between 10 and 100 centimeters
  • four to six ray florets that are white or pink
  • Flowering time between May and June
  • There are two subspecies (Sudeten yarrow and common yarrow)
Note: Yarrow is often used as a remedy. As a tea, it is said to stimulate the appetite and help against flatulence, among other things.

Hirtentäschel (Capsella)

  • annual to biennial plants
  • downy hairy leaves
  • the flowers and leaves are usually white or pink
  • are three to five subspecies
  • Distribution from Europe to western Asia
  • Flowering time almost all year round

Dog chervil (Anthriscus caucalis)

  • herbaceous plant that grows up to 80 centimeters tall
  • Flower is usually white-green and comparatively small
  • rare plant species
  • Flowering time between April and June
  • Plant pollinates itself
  • Death of the flower after fruit ripening
  • Dog chervil occurs from northern Africa to the Near East

Knoblauchsrauke (Alliaria petiolata)

  • plant widespread in Europe
  • Leaves smell like garlic when crushed
  • biennial to perennial plant
  • can grow up to a meter tall
  • Flowering time from April to July
  • many flowers are in the inflorescence
  • Use as a medicinal plant or spice


  • Plant species distributed from Europe to India
  • most important species is the common lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • about 30 different types
  • often small shrubs or herbaceous plants
  • the white lavender blooms from spring to autumn
  • Often referred to as perennials, they are botanically subshrubs

Seerose (Nymphaea)

  • global genus with over 50 different species
  • mostly perennial plants
  • common near rivers, lakes and ponds
  • wide range of flower colors, but the most common color is white
  • Flowering time between May and October

Waldrebe (Clematis)

  • clematis includes over 300 different species
  • widespread in temperate climates of Asia and Europe
  • popular as ornamental plants in parks or gardens
  • herbaceous climbing plants and partially upright shrubs
  • evergreen and deciduous plants
  • white plant flowers dominate in many varieties
  • Flowering time between April and June

Beginning of flowering in summer

There are also some specimens of plants that only bloom in the summer of the year. The following list includes those flowers that start flowering from June each year.

Alpine edelweiss (Leontopodium nivale)

  • belongs to the symbolic alpine flowers
  • Flowering period from July to September
  • the perennials often have 60-80 white tubular flowers
  • is a false bloom
  • occurs in mountains such as the Alps, the Jura or the Carpathians
Note: In Germany, the alpine edelweiss is one of the most endangered perennials. The plant is already under nature protection in Switzerland and Austria.

Feather Grass (Stipa)

  • occur as perennial grasses and annual plants
  • Inflorescence is dense and paniculate
  • Feather grass is spread by wind
  • popular as fodder and ornamental plant
  • Flowering time between July and September
  • Depending on the variety, silver, yellow or white plant flowers occur

Rock cranesbill (Geranium macrorrhizum)

  • Plants grow up to 50 centimeters tall
  • Flowering time between June and August
  • between four and nine white flowers
  • Petals often shine in a strong red
  • widespread in Central and Eastern Europe
  • prefers calcareous soils

Geißbart (Aruncus)

  • flower common in the northern hemisphere
  • perennial and herbaceous plants
  • Growth height between 40 and 200 centimeters
  • The plant’s petals are white
  • Flowering time between June and July
  • the panicles of the plants are creamy white

ground elder (Aegopodium podagraria)

  • ground elder is not popular with gardeners (considered a weed)
  • Ground elder is also a tasty vegetable
  • perennial plant that grows up to a meter tall
  • Flowering time between June and July
  • Inflorescence has 12-25 rays
  • the white flowers of the Giersch are five-pointed
  • goutweed occurs in almost all of Europe
  • popular as a medicinal plant in the Middle Ages

Dog parsley (Aethusa cynapium)

  • poisonous weed species
  • occurs throughout Europe and western Asia
  • annual to biennial plant that grows up to one meter tall
  • blooms between June and October
  • Plants have numerous white flowers
  • the petals of the flowers are only two millimeters wide
  • Odor is unpleasant compared to flat leaf parsley

Wald-Engelwurz (Angelica sylvestris)

  • perennial and dark green plant that grows up to 150 centimeters
  • erect stem with white annuli
  • Flowering period between June and September
  • some of the flowers of the plants are also pink
  • various subspecies are common in Europe

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