What Flowers to Plant in the South


If you live in the southern United States, growing flowers is easy. The secret is to find flowers that do well and don't need a chilling period or cooler temperatures to grow. Easy flowers to grow in the South are cosmos, zinnia, larkspur, sunflowers and many types of wildflowers. Most flowers that do well in the South thrive in average soil and provide lots of color in the garden. Plants that do well in the South are suitable for USDA Plant Hardiness zones 7 to 9. The hardiness zone is the coldest area the plant can thrive.

What Flowers to Plant in the South

Step 1

Locate where you live on the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Most plant descriptions you find in your research material will tell you the zones where the plant will grow well.

Step 2

Note whether the garden location you wish to plant your flowers is in sun or shade or stays damp or dry. Flowering plants that need frequent moisture need to be planted near a water source. Flowering plant descriptions will tell you light and moisture requirements.

Step 3

Look in research material and find flowering plants that meet your criteria, paying special attention to the eventual size of the plant and bloom period.

Tips and Warnings

  • Perennial flowers usually bloom the second spring or fall after they are planted.

Things You'll Need

  • Book or research material about flowers in the southern United States
  • USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map


  • Perennial Flowers in the South
  • USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
  • Buy Annual Flower Seeds
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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.