15 Exquisite Black and White Flowers For Your Garden

The classic and timeless combination of black and white never fails to capture attention, especially mine. Being a floral enthusiast, dreaming of my own flower-filled yard is a more common occurrence than I’d like to admit.

Today, as I explored the different varieties of flowers suitable for the state I reside in, the black and white lily caught my eye, making me realize that adding a classic touch to my colorful garden might not be just a dream.

So until my dreams turn into reality, I’ve compiled a list of 15 black and white flowers for your garden, catering to both beginners and gardening experts. Some may not be purely black, but their dark hues of purple or violet create a similar effect. Without further ado, let’s dive in!

15 Exquisite Black and White Flowers For Your Garden

1) Nemophila ‘Snowstorm’

Genus Nemophila
Size Around 50 cm
Identification Pure white blossoms adorned with black dots and stripes
Geographic Location Native to the United States of America

‘Snowstorm’ is a classic black-and-white hassle-free addition to your garden, as its adaptability allows for easy planting in various settings.

Whether you have a sprawling garden or limited space for pots, this low-maintenance plant can effortlessly thrive when given the appropriate care.

This plant blooms throughout the year, giving your garden its elegant look.

The name Nemophila means “woodland-loving,” which suggests the plant’s preference for shaded areas.

2) Asian Pear Flower

Asian Pear Flower
Asian Pear Flower
Scientific Name Pyrus pyrifolia
Size Trees can grow up to 8-20 feet
Identification Clusters of small white flowers with black stamen
Geographic Location Native to southern China and northern Indochina

Planting Asian pear trees is an easy task, as they adapt well to different environments.

Whether in a garden or orchard, these trees are resilient and easy to cultivate with well-drained soil and a sunny spot for optimal growth.

In East Asia, the tree’s flowers symbolize early spring and are a common sight in gardens and the countryside.

3) ‘Carmel White’ Anemones

Genus Anemone
Size 10 to 12 inches
Identification White blooms with blue and black center
Geographic Location Found in all continents except Australia, New Zealand, and Antarctica.

As perennials, they bloom through all the seasons, with a planting season falling in both fall and spring.

They attract bees, contributing to pollination, while their resistance to deer and rabbits ensures your blooms stay safe and untouched.

‘Carmel White’ Anemones also make fantastic companions for other spring-blooming bulbs like tulips and daffodils.

4) ‘Pantaloons’ Foxglove

Scientific Name Digitalis Purpurea ‘Pantaloons’
Size 3-4 feet tall
Identification Large white blooms with blackish-maroon center
Geographic Location Native to Europe, Western Asia, and northwestern Africa.

The ‘Pantaloons’ foxglove is a new variety of foxglove flowers with completely different shapes, sizes, and patterns.

It has a split-flower design and its beautiful white and deep-maroon colors create a mesmerizing sight in your garden.

‘Pantaloons’ prefers rich, moist, and well-drained soil, and if you’re in a windy locale, a gentle stake can provide the necessary support.

5) Pansy Giant White Black Face

Pansy Giant White Black Fac
Pansy Giant White Black Face
Scientific Name Viola × wittrockiana
Size 23 cm in height
Identification White blooms with a dark purple face
Geographic Location Native to Europe

You can choose to sow the seeds indoors in late winter and transplant them outdoors in spring or sow them directly into the garden bed in late spring or early summer.

It prefers a cool and moist environment. It is recommended you plant it in an area sheltered from strong winds and intense sunlight.

They are biennials and grow once a year, then bloom the next.

6) White Bat Flower

White Bat Flower
White Bat Flower
Scientific Name Tacca integrifolia
Size Each flower is about 1 to 2 cm long
Identification Pointed leaf blades on long stems
Geographic Location Hilly regions of South Asia

White bat flower has a sweet musky odor, attracting flies as pollinators, adding an ecological benefit to your garden.

While it demands a humid environment, it’s surprisingly adaptable to different soils, including sandy or rocky ones.

The flower’s design, with stamens forming a helmet-like structure, suggests an insect trap.

In the Malay Peninsula, Tacca integrifolia serves a dual purpose. Apart from being an exotic plant in your garden, its leaves are also dried to create cigarette wrappers.

7) Oriental Poppy ‘Royal Wedding’

Scientific Name Papaver orientale
Size Around 4-6 inches
Identification Crepe-like flower with a satiny texture
Geographic Location Native to the Caucasus, northeastern Turkey, and northern Iran

The Oriental poppy showcases dormancy after flowering, a unique property that helps it survive the summer drought in Central Asia.

If you are planning to grow a bunch in your garden, you can strategically place late-developing plants nearby to fill the gaps left by the dormant poppies, ensuring a continuous and dynamic garden landscape.

It has a preference for soil pH 6.5 to 7.5 and needs full sun or partial shade for robust growth.

It is also important to note that oriental poppies don’t handle transplanting or overwatering well.

8) Rhododendron ‘Sappho’

Genus Rhododendron
Size Around 6 feet
Identification Funnel-shaped flowers with white petals with a striking dark purple-black blotch on the center
Geographic Location The United States

‘Sappho’ Rhododendron is a sun-tolerant plant that thrives in partly shady climates.

Occasional pruning is recommended if you need the plant to grow bushy and thick.

Named after Sappho, a celebrated female poet of ancient Greece, it adds a touch of mythological inspiration to your garden.

This plant bears funnel-shaped white blooms with a dorsal blotch of purple, overlaid with black.

9) Black-Eyed Susan Vine

Scientific Name Thunbergia alata
Size 5 meters in warmer zones
Identification Rare white flowers, about 5 centimeters in diameter with a dark spot at the center
Geographic Location Native to Eastern Africa

The Black-eyed Susan vine offers a variety of hues – from warm reds and oranges to classic yellows, and rarely white.

This is perfect for both novice and seasoned gardeners, as these flowers can be effortlessly grown from seeds or cuttings.

While it has a charming presence, it can be invasive, especially in the Caribbean and Pacific islands.

10) Mourning Widow

Scientific Name Geranium phaeum
Size 30 inches in height
Identification Dark purple-black petals turned backward with wavy edges.
Geographic Location Native to southern, central, and western Europe

The Mourning Widow displays deep maroon to almost black flowers, giving it the name “black widow.”

Dusky Crane’s-Bill is a low-maintenance addition to the garden, needing only partial shade for its growth.

Originally native to southern, central, and western Europe, this Geranium has found its way into gardens worldwide.

11) Black and White Crazytunia

Genus Petunia
Size 10-12 inches
Identification White bell-shaped flower with blackish-purple center
Geographic Location South America

The ​Black and White Crazytunia flowers are part of the Crazytunia series, featuring large flowers with unique coloration.

They are known for their stunning white trumpet-shaped flowers with deep purple centers, making them an ideal choice for hanging baskets, patio pots, and containers.

These petunias are also recommended for attracting ​butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard.

They are relatively low-maintenance, needing only occasional trimming to encourage more blooms late into the season.

12) Helleborus ‘Dark and Handsome’

Scientific Name Helleborus orientalis
Size 28–45 cm
Identification Glossy black flower with cream-white center
Geographic Location Native to Greece and Turkey

This Lenten Rose grows in a bushy, upright clump, reaching a height and width of 18–24 inches.

Hellebore thrives in fertile, humus-rich, moist, neutral-to-alkaline, well-drained soils.

The plants of this species come in a variety of colors; one such is the dark and handsome, which has glossy black-purple petals with white center.

They are resistant to serious pest or disease issues; hellebore requires minimal attention.

13) ‘Big Bang’ Lily

Scientific Name Lilium ‘Big Bang’
Size Around 60–180 cm
Identification Funnel-shaped white flower with black spots
Geographic Location Native to the Northern Hemisphere

The Big Bang lilies are nothing short of elegant, as their contrasting colors add a hint of timeless beauty.

Early autumn to early spring is considered the optimum time to plant them to ensure seamless integration in your garden.

They bloom from early summer to late summer, giving you enough to praise their beauty.

They might be less fragrant than Oriental lilies, but they are equally prized.

14) Flower-of-an-Hour

Scientific Name Hibiscus trionum
Size 20-50 cm
Identification White flower with purple-black and yellow center
Geographic Location Southern Europe

Flower-of-an-Hour is effortless to cultivate, suitable for both novice and seasoned gardeners.

These flowers thrive in well-drained soil and have a planting window extending from early autumn to early spring.

If you’re a gardening enthusiast, then you can plant them strategically in your garden to create a visually appealing view.

15) Silver Laced Primrose

Scientific Name Primula vulgaris
Size 10–30 cm
Identification Dark purple, often-looking black flowers with white borders
Geographic Location Western and southern Europe, northwest Africa, and parts of southwest Asia

Since their reintroduction in 2015, silver-laced laced primroses have become a staple in the dream gardens of many enthusiasts.

They resemble the deep black-brown flowers with scalloped silver-white edges of Primula ‘Silver Lace,’ and demand minimal effort for maximum impact.

Their beauty captivates not only gardening enthusiasts but also strikes a chord with florists equally.


This concludes our journey through the elegance of black and white flowers for your garden. These blooms not only introduce a touch of sophistication but are also bound to attract a spectrum of colorful flying visitors to your garden.

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