Georgia has various USDA plant hardiness zones throughout the state, ranging from 7 through 9. That range allows Georgia gardeners to plant a variety of plants, especially if they take advantage of microclimates within their zone. It also means that tropical, warm-winter plants are subject to frost if a cold snap goes through the state.
Grow a Rose Garden
The planting time for roses in Georgia is from November to March. The Georgia Experiment Station at Griffin, Georgia ran a test to see which varieties of roses did well in Georgia. It recommends the tea rose varieties of Alabama, Granada and peach beauty. Also recommended are Grandiflora roses named Arizona, Montezuma and Queen Elizabeth.
Roses grow from 3 feet to 6-feet tall. Climbing roses have been known to reach 30 feet. Roses bloom in every color except true blue. Scents range from very little scent to intensely scented.
Roses look lovely with a border of sweet alyssum, pansies and dianthus to hide their lower canes.
Spring Bulb Border
Spring bulbs planted in beds, borders or just naturalized in a lawn tell you spring has arrived. Daffodils bloom in early to mid-spring. Most daffodils are yellow, but they also bloom in off-white, orange and pink. The blossoms may be single or double. Tulips bloom from mid- to late spring, in many colors. They grow up to 24 inches high. Iris bloom in late spring in blues, violets, yellows and whites. Spring bulbs are planted in zones 7 and 8 in October through late December. Zone 9 Georgia gardeners may have to chill the bulbs for 16 weeks before planting. Varieties that start blooming in early spring and continue until summer begins will provide constant blooming.
Perennial Wildflower Bed
Georgia seems to have the best of both worlds for gardeners. The winters are mild for most of the state, but the summers aren't blistering. Lots of perennial plants thrive in the state. Asters, Joe Pye weed, Artemisia and daylilies provide the look of wildflowers. Add in coneflowers with their purple petals and dark cone-shaped centers along with black-eyed susans. Tall hollyhocks in the back of the bed provide a vivid green backdrop. The flowers bloom on stalks growing to 7 feet tall. Colors include red, yellow, pink and white. Chrysanthemums in the front of the bed continue the color through fall.