Clean, fresh and beautiful when paired with any other colour, white flowers are a favourite of gardeners, interior decorators and brides the world over. The 'White Garden' (pictured) was created by Virginia Woolf's lover, Vita Sackville-West. It's one of the most popular gardens at Sissinghurst Castle in the UK.
White dahlia after rain. White flowers have a special place in gardens adding a sense of freshness, brightness and elegance. Dahlias flower from summer to autumn.
Carrot flowers. Left unharvested, carrot plants produce tall umbels (heads) of white flowers. Carrots usually flower in summer.
White rose. The peaked shape of each petal on this full-blown rose is clearly seen against a dark background. White flowers glow on a dull day or in a shaded spot and shine at night, especially in the moonlight. Roses flower from spring to autumn.
Orchid. This tiny white orchid is Encyclia radiata and is native to Mexico. The flowers are highly fragrant and appear in summer and autumn.
White waratah. These magnificent flowers are native to eastern Australia and are usually red. This rare white form is known as ‘Wirrimbirra White’. The waratah flowers in spring.
Sydney flannel flower. These white ‘petals’ have a felted texture and are actually bracts surrounding the tiny true flowers clustered in the centre. Flannel flowers grow from seed or cutting and flower in spring and summer.
Star magnolia. The star-like flowers of this shrub magnolia appear in late winter or spring and have a light fragrance.
White chrysanthemum. Chrysanthemums, particularly white varieties, are traditional bouquets given to mothers on Mother’s Day in Australia. They light up gardens in autumn.
Star magnolia. Not all whites are the same colour. This variety of star magnolia (Magnolia stellata ‘Rosea’) has a faint pink tint to the narrow petals. It flowers in late winter or spring.
Queen Anne’s lace. The dainty white flowers of this meadow and hedgerow flower are held on tall stems a metre or more high. The flowers bloom in spring and summer.
Foxglove. Foxgloves have tall spires of flowers 50cm to 100cm high. Usually mauvy pink there are also white forms that look striking in flower gardens. Foxgloves flower in spring and summer.
Daisy. Daisies come in all shapes and sizes. Some are small, single-stemmed annuals while others cover small shrubs with a mass of flowers. Daisies flower throughout the year.
Ornamental cherry. Spring brings forth clouds of blossom with cherries (pictured), apples, crabapples and others bursting into bloom. These pink buds open into many-petalled white flowers of the Mt Fuji cherry.
Crocus. Crocuses are among the earliest of the spring bulbs to bloom. In very cold climates they may begin to flower when snow still lies thick on the ground in late winter or very early spring.
Phalaenopsis. These moth orchids have intriguing, beautiful and long-lasting flowers. Blooms may last for many weeks or even months and can be grown in a pot and displayed indoors. They need a bright, warm spot. Stems may re-bloom.