16 Plants with White Flowers for Australian Gardens

White flowers can add a touch of class to your Australian garden.

The good news is there are plenty to choose from, no matter what part of the country you live in.

Here’s a list of some of the most popular plants with white flowers you can plant in your garden.

Abelia grandiflora

Abelia grandiflora | Plant varieties
Abelia grandiflora / Photo by Wouter Hagens / Wikimedia

This lovely compact plant has attractive glossy green foliage and clusters of small white flowers with red calyxes. To add to the allure of this plant, the new leaves are bronze-red in colour.

The plant grows to a height and width of 1 metre and is perfect for hedging or use as a low screen. It is also ideal for growing in containers and attracts butterflies.

Abelia grandiflora is also frost tolerant and can handle periods of dry weather once it’s fully established.

Armeria maritima ‘Alba’ (White Thrift)

Armeria maritima ‘Alba | Plant varieties
Armeria maritima ‘Alba’ / Photo by David J. Stang / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

This tough little plant is perfect for naturalising along a border or in a cottage garden. It has grass-like leaves and the prettiest white papery globe flowers. It will survive in dry soil and can tolerate salt spray and wind. It’s also frost tolerant.

The plant only grows to a height and width of around 50 cm which is why it’s perfect for border planting. When newly planted, you should water well but ensure that the soil is well-drained. 

Azalea alba magnifica

Nothing is quite as stunning as a white azalea in full bloom. This variety has pure white blooms that appear in late spring. The blooms are single and have a gently ruffled edge. It will grow to a height and width of 1 metre.

Like all azaleas, it prefers acidic soil that is kept moist but is also free-draining. Ideally, this species prefers morning sun and afternoon shade. Especially in the heat of summer.

Backhousia myrtifolia ‘Grey Myrtle’

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Backhousia myrtifolia / Photo by John Moss / Wikimedia

Gardeners in tropical and subtropical regions will adore the profuse clusters of white to cream-coloured flowers on this rainforest plant. In addition, the leaves are cinnamon-scented. It can tolerate a light frost, so southern gardeners may have luck growing this gorgeous plant.

As a small tree, the grey myrtle can grow to a height of 3 metres and will spread to a width of 4 metres. The glossy dark green leaves start out being bronze and lime green before getting darker as they age. This lovely tree will also attract plenty of birds to your garden.

Baeckea virgata ‘Clarence River’

This is another stunning native myrtle. It has a weeping habit with masses of small white flowers that appear in spring and summer along the branches. It also has slender dark green foliage.

This Baeckea will thrive in most parts of the country as it will tolerate frost and dry conditions once it’s well-established. It can even handle wet soil. It grows to a height of 3 metres and a width of around 2 metres.

Callistemon ‘Icy Burst’

We often think of Callistemon as having brilliant red flowers but this hybrid has the most delightful white bottle brush flowers. It’s a low-maintenance plant that requires very little pruning and makes a great privacy hedge when planted en masse.

Each plant can grow to a height of 1.5 metres and a width of 0.8 metres. It will happily grow in most soil types and can handle short periods of drought and light frosts after it has become established.

Chrysanthemum x morifolium ‘Youpi White’

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Chrysanthemum x morifolium / Photo by Juni / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Who doesn’t love white chrysanthemums? This beauty will delight you with masses of white blooms from late spring through to early summer. In milder climates, it may even continue flowering through autumn as long as you keep watering and feeding it.

This hybrid will thrive in a hot, sunny spot in your garden and is also ideal for growing in a pot. It does need regular watering but must have free-draining soil. If you regularly deadhead the spent flowers, you’ll get a continuous flush of new blooms.

Correa alba ‘White Correa’

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Correa alba / Photo by Krzysztof Ziarnek / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

Correa alba is a delightful white-flowering shrub native to eastern Australia. It will add some brilliant white to your garden from autumn right through until spring. This is a hardy and low-maintenance plant that will thrive in coastal areas.

These correas can reach a height and width of 1.5 metres and benefit from tip-pruning when young in order to encourage bushy growth. The flowers also provide nectar for native birds in winter when not much else is flowering.

Hymenocallis littoralis ‘Spider Lily’

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Hymenocallis littoralis / Photo by Santamarcanda / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

The brilliant white flowers of the spider lily will add a touch of whimsy to your garden when they bloom. They also have strappy green leaves which makes them perfect for planting along borders or as an understorey plant beneath tall trees.

Spider lilies like their soil to be moist at all times so they’re excellent for planting around low-lying areas in your garden. They can handle both full sun and part shade. Each plant will reach a height of around 0.9 metres and a width of 1 metre.

Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Indian Hawthorn’

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Indian Hawthorn / Photo by A. Barra / Wikimedia (cropped) / CC BY 3.0

Rhaphiolepsis indica is a hardy plant that flowers from autumn through to spring.

It’s incredibly low-maintenance and perfect for use as a hedging or screening plant.

There are many cultivars of the Indian Hawthorn species. In this article, we’re going to compare ‘Oriental Pearl’ and ‘Snow Maiden’ along with a couple of other popular varieties.

There are only subtle differences between these two varieties. While ‘Oriental Pearl’ can reach a height of 1 metre, ‘Snow Maiden’, being a dwarf variety, will only reach a height of around 70 cm.

Pandorea jasminoides ‘Bower of Beauty’

Pandorea jasminoides Bower of Beauty | Plant varieties
Pandorea jasminoides / Photo by Rl / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 2.5

Also known as the Bower Climber or Bower Vine, this popular Australian native climbing plant has a vigorous, spreading growth habit.

The bower is a tall climber that will clamber up trees, fences and other supports to grow more than 3 metres high.

It produces clusters of white or pink trumpet-shaped flowers in Spring.

Westringia fruticosa ‘Coastal Rosemary’

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Westringia fruticosa / Photo by Georgios Liakopoulos / 500px, Wikimedia I CC BY-SA 3.0

Coastal Rosemary is a compact, rounded shrub that grows up to 2 metres tall and up to 4 metres wide, making it well suited for low hedging or as an ornamental plant in a native garden.

It has dense green foliage and small fan-shaped white or lilac flowers that bloom in the spring and summer months but can appear year-round.

Westringia fruticosa thrives in coastal areas, particularly the coastal regions of eastern Australia. It’s a hardy plant that prefers full sun and well-draining soil.

Brachyscome multifida ‘Cut-leaf Daisy, Native Daisy’

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Brachyscome multifida / Photo by Melburnian / Wikimedia / CC BY 3.0

Cut-leaf Daisy is a hardy perennial ground cover native to Australia. Its white, pink, or mauve flowers will add a pop of colour to your garden.

This easy-to-grow native Australian flower likes full sun and well-drained soil. It can tolerate drought conditions and doesn’t need much water once established.

You can use Native Daisies in your garden as either ground covers or border plants; they look great with other Australian native grasses and perennial flowers.

Murraya paniculata ‘Mock Orange’

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Mock Orange (Murraya paniculata)

Murrayas are popular screening and hedge plants thanks to their lush foliage and lovely citrusy scent. They are ideal for pruning into a nice dense hedge.

They produce the most delightful white flowers in summer and spring that have the same scent as orange blossoms.

These flowering hedge plants can reach a height of 4 metres and are fast-growing.

To get a nice dense hedge, you want to space the plants around 50 cm to 1 metre apart. Remember to keep the plants watered well until they become fully established.

Billardiera scandens ‘Apple Berry’

Billardiera scandens Apple Berry | Plant varieties
Billardiera scandens / Photo by John Tann / Flickr (cropped) / CC BY 2.0

The Apple Berry is a small shrub that can be grown as a flowering climber. It has white or pink flowers which bloom mostly in spring and summer.

These are followed by elongated fruit which is edible.

It grows in a variety of soils and tolerates light frost. This low-maintenance native plant will attract bees, birds and butterflies to your garden.

Clematis aristata ‘Old Man’s Beard’

Clematis aristata Old Mans Beard | Plant varieties
Clematis aristata I Photo by John Tann I Flickr (cropped) I CC BY 2.0

Clematis aristata is a popular hardy garden plant native to eastern Australia.

A member of the Ranunculaceae family, this climbing plant produces masses of creamy white flowers that appear in spring.

These plants prefer some shade and can be trained on fences and trellis supports.

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.


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